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08-28-2006 11:22 AM
Bob1112
Sabre 30 Mark II

My impression is that the 30 Mark II is not so different from the Mark I. Thie big changes did not come until the Mark III (I owned a Mark III).

If that is correct, the Mark II will be a great boat. Sabre did great design jobs on their early boats: they were good upwind boats, sturdy underfoot (nothing flexes or bends when you move your weight around), and looked good.
08-18-2006 05:54 PM
SailorMitch SOASOAS,

1) Yes, I still have my P-33-2 and am quite happy with it even though since it has a wing keel, I'm lucky it goes forward when I put the sails up from what I've read on another thread! I gather it really should sail backwards in the opinion of some! Oh well.

2) I think I just answered that same question on another thread about the poor, maligned P-31-2. I am not aware of Pearson building the deck of the P-31 any differently from any other boat during that period, nor am I aware of widespread problems with the P-31. But without maintenance of deck hardware any boat can become a problem. As I've said before, I know several owners of P-31-2's and will be glad to put anyone in touch with them to get first hand information rather than rumors.

3) Yes, digging up these old threads is a blast from the past.
08-18-2006 10:09 AM
Sonofasonofasailor I love the old threads dragged up from obscurity.
Sailormitch are you still on the P-33-2?

I am currently in a boat search and have been told by many (brokers, sailors & surveyors) that while Pearson on the whole made a great boat that one should stay away from the p-31. Is this valid? The number one reason among others given for that was the decks were poorly constructed. The reputation seems that the P-31 was the dog of the line.

Don't kill me, I'm just the messenger.
08-18-2006 09:30 AM
SailorMitch JG -- If you haven't already done so, join the Sabre email list here on Sailnet and ask your questions there. There probably are a number of owners on that list who can hwlp you.
08-18-2006 01:48 AM
jgsailor I'm in the process of buying a Sabre 30 Mk II, 1983. It seems to be quite well built, with very few obvious problems. I am having trouble finding a definitive source of information for this model. I've been to the Sabre website, and there is useful information there (e.g., the complete user manual), but I'm wondering if there's a user association I can might contact or join. If so, could you let me know.

FYI, I also consider Pearsons to be quite well-made, but I found a good deal on this Sabre (well, I think it's a good deal) :-)
04-09-2004 04:15 AM
BigO
Sabre v. Pearson

Thanks again to all of you folks for your posts. They were extremetly helpful (not to mention entertaining).

While I will be taking a hard look at the aforementioned Sabres and Pearson, a substantially different (I believe) boat has re-emerged on my short list. I need your advice even more for this one, but I think it''s best to start a new thread. Hope to "see" you there.
03-31-2004 06:34 PM
windship
Sabre v. Pearson

Denr,
You own Sabre 34? My friend had a 34.What a wonderfull boat and no solid overhead fiberglass liner.

Dennis
03-31-2004 11:11 AM
SailorMitch
Sabre v. Pearson

Denr,

Given my lengthy Pearson credentials, I have tried to keep quiet about those 5 glorious days on your Sabre. Besides, if I could afford a Sabre 34 I would''ve bought one instead of my P-33! You especially know that I have said if I won Lotto, a new S-362 would suddenly appear in my slip -- except Sabre no longer makes new 362''s. "Oh well" on that one.

Hey, I greatly admire Sabres. I''d be proud to own one. I just happened to go with a boat (my P-33-2) that fits my budget, is of more than acceptable quality, and also fits my intended use. Pay your money and take your pick.
03-31-2004 10:49 AM
Denr
Sabre v. Pearson

So sailormitch-miller, what did you think of that hotrod you crossed lake Michigan on last year?? If anyone wants photos of sailormitch behind the wheel of a Sabre please contact me.
03-30-2004 04:30 PM
SailorMitch
Sabre v. Pearson

Big O,

Glad to know you''re hanging in there after all these posts.

Answers to your questions: For anything related to Pearson Yachts, THE definitive website is one put together by a fellow named Dan Pfeiffer. The address is www.pearsoninfo.net. Click on the 31-2 link in the line up and you''ll see more photos of the boat.

As for problems with Pearsons made in the years leading up to 1991 when Pearson went belly up, I don''t think that''s an issue. In fact, the 31-2 pictured in the above website belongs to a fellow named Bill Crane, who says his 31-2 was the last boat out of the factory before they closed the doors. I''ve owned a P-27 since new in 1989, and also now own a 1988 P-33-2 and have had no problems I''d relate to any financial problems Pearson may have been having. Also, remember that these boats are now at least a dozen years old and are still going strong. As a general rule, the boats are holding up very well.

As for looks, obviously I like the distinctive look Bill Shaw dsigned in the mid-1980''s and used throughout the line. They are handsome boats in my book. And just today at my marina three different people told me how pretty my 33-2 is. So others share my opinion.

And we know what they say about opinions........

I don''t think you can beat the quality/price ratio of a Pearson, but that''s just me. It''s your money, so buy what makes you happy. that''s what it''s all about.
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