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02-02-2010 10:56 AM

When checking out the interior, keep your noggin in mind.

The Catalina's pop top may increase headroom to over 7 ft., but the fact of the matter is that owners seldom go to the trouble of raising it, except for extended stays at anchorage (in good weather).
02-02-2010 10:30 AM
sailingdog Both are fairly good boats, but it depends on what you're planning on doing with the boat. If you're planning on leaving it on a mooring or in a slip, I would go with the Pearson, since it is a larger and roomier boat, but isn't really a trailerable boat.

IIRC, the Catalina is a trailerable, and if you're looking to avoid the costs of a mooring or slip, it would be a better choice. However, I'd point out that getting in an afternoon sail is much simpler if the boat is kept on a mooring or in a slip. I have a trailerable boat, but keep it on a mooring during the season, so I can just row out to it and go sailing... rather than having to launch, rig, sail, unrig and haul the boat each time.

They're both fairly comparable in terms of quality, but the Pearson is going to be more comfortable IMHO.

Originally Posted by Harpmary View Post
Hi, My husband and I are looking to buy our first sailboat. We'd be sailing on the Chesapeake near the South River/Annapolis. We're looking at used boats for our family of 4.

We've found two recently that we like - a year 2000 Catalina 250 keel (25') and a 1989 Pearson Sloop 27'. However, as you would expect - I like one and my husband likes the other.

Can any one offer their thoughts on a 1989 Pearson vs. a 2000 Catalina? Does the extra 2 feet (25' vs. 27') really make much of a difference? We know Pearsons are well built boats, but in terms of quality are we better off getting a newer model boat (the Catalina), or a boat with a solid reputation for its construction?

02-01-2010 07:43 PM
soulfinger Can't comment on the Pearson, but I did own a 250 for a while. It has some good features--it probably has the biggest cabin of any 25 footer, and it also has a huge cockpit with stern rail seats. It benefits from an excellent owner's associate with a great web forum. There aren't many of them with diesel engines; most have outboards. The diesel would be great though--it'll be super under power, and add weight that the boat could use. The 250 doesn't have the best steering system in the world. It tends to have a lot of weather helm, and there's not enough leverage built into the stock wheel system, which makes it hard to fight. While the cabin is huge (for a boat of its size), I had trouble fitting into and using the head, but I'm 6'5", so there ya go.

If I were you, I would look into a Catalina 27, 28 or 30.
02-01-2010 04:59 PM
MarkCK Are you planning on leaving the boat in the water year round? Its much easier to launch and retrieve and a Catalina 250 than it will be the Pearson. If less hassle is a factor then I would go with the Catalina.
02-01-2010 03:32 PM
7Psych Harpmary.....I sent you a private message.

Thank you.
02-01-2010 02:57 PM
josrulz The debate between newer/smaller vs. older/bigger is a common one, and one that we had ourselves. When we were boat shopping about a year and half ago, you could get a late 90s Catalina 28 for the same price as a early 80s Sabre 34. We chose the Sabre 34. That doesn't mean it's the right decision, just the right one for us. There's something to be said for a much newer boat.

If it were me, and the Pearson was in very nice condition, I'd go with the Pearson because of its size, and because I like that era of Pearsons (nothing against Catalinas though). But condition condition condition--most important regardless of which boat you go with.

By the way, we're on the South River too. Do you live in the area? Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
02-01-2010 02:39 PM
scottyt westerbreaks are good motors and so are the yanmars, but i would consider a sail drive a down side due to issues they have. just for your knowledge a basic main sail for a 27 foot boat is under a thousand. if you are handy you an do a do it your self standing rigging job for about a 100 per wire on a 27 foot boat ( assuming the turnbuckles are in good shape ), most boats will have 8 wires for standing rigging.
02-01-2010 02:35 PM
jackytdunaway I love my '87 P-27. it has a lot of room.. the newer boat sounds nice but i bet it cost a lot more and in the end you have to get what is the most comfortable.
02-01-2010 01:52 PM
Harpmary CalebD - Good points. We'd love a retractable keel. We're also looking at Seawards (found a used 2005 and are considering also buying new). Unfortunately there are not many used Seawards out there (and there were a couple of years that Nick Hake didn't make the boats and their quality declined - so we're trying to avoid those years.
02-01-2010 01:48 PM
Harpmary Thanks for the quick replies. Some specs:

Pearson: Westerbeke Diesel Engine (12hp) - don't know condition of sails or rigging at the moment. Just know that the seller claims their in good condition.

Catalina: Yanmar Diesel 1 GM with Saildrive; Mainsail in excellent condition (nothing on rigging)
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