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Topic Review (Newest First)
06-07-2011 07:41 PM
myknjul
We love ours

We have a 1974, hull number 47 and love it. With the tall rig it is a fast, easy to sail boat. Sea Jules has been re-powered with a 20hp Perkins diesel. The deep keel is cause for concern sometimes as we cruise the Chesapeake. We have Barient 26's and wish we had self tailing, but other projects always seem to be higher priority. We have recently:

1. Added blocks and a winch to the top of the cabin so we can raise the main from inside the cockpit.
2. Installed a single line reefing system, again, so we don't have to leave the cockpit.
3. Installed a strong track system to raise the main with ease.
4. Installed lazy jacks.
5. New bimini and dodger.
6. New class D VHF.

As you can see, we keep find new ways of parting with our disposeable income. It's a great boat!
06-12-2007 10:36 PM
SailorMitch
Dan is alive and well.

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Originally Posted by gordonr3
I agree with SailorMitch re Dan Pfeiffer's web site, with one caveat: I'm not sure how active Dan is today. I've contacted him because I'd like to list my boat - which I'm now selling - on his site, and received no response.
FYI -- Dan is very active on the Pearson email list here on Sailnet. His wife is a doctor and very soon they are moving from NC back home to the Cleveland area. Dan's 10M has been in his driveway in Winston-Salem for about 2-3 years while he has gutted the thing and is building it all back. But for the last few months have been a crash for him because of house hunting, house selling, a kid to look after, and a boat (still undergoing projects) that he is about to have trucked to Ohio. Just thought you'd like to know.
06-12-2007 10:25 PM
DrB
Survey and Sea Trial

The offer is contigent on the Survey and Sea Trial. Plan on keeping her in Marbleyhead Harbor in in Massachusetts. I am tickeled about the Tall Rig. Hopefully will help in the typically light air on the Massachusetts North Shore.

Thanks to all for their help and advice.

DrB
06-12-2007 10:08 PM
sailingdog Congrats.. I hope you're making the offer subject to survey and sea trial.
06-12-2007 09:55 PM
JimsCAL Congrats!! Good luck!!!
06-12-2007 09:50 PM
DrB
I pulled the trigger!!

The offer was accepted. I am now broke, and soon to be broker, but who cares, the goal is to have fun, right?

It goes into the water tomorrow!

DrB
06-11-2007 07:10 PM
btrayfors In 1975 I chartered a Pearson 10M in St. Thomas for a 2-month trip through the Lesser Antilles with my young family. We sailed her in the Virgins, across the Anegada Passage to St. Martin, then down the chain of the Leewards as far as the Saints (Isles des Saintes) south of Guadeloupe. Then, back up through the Leewards, across the Anegada Passage, and back to St. Thomas. Wonderful trip, poking along and visiting every island in the chain.

The boat was "Joker", a red-hulled Pearson 10M which belonged to Dick Avery. She was well known in the islands, as she usually cleaned up on the racing circuit. She WAS fast, and a delight to sail. Once, beating up the channel in a breeze of wind under Mountain Point on Virgin Gorda with just our genoa and a cockpit awning up, we sailed by a professionally-crewed Gulfstar 50, much to the dismay of their crew!

I'd echo the earlier comments about the Pearson 10M...good boat, strongly built, fast for her size, seaworthy, with a few flaws like all boats.

Don't know about the price these days, but if you like her and feel the price is right, go for it!

Bill
06-11-2007 06:38 PM
gordonr3
Experience with a Pearson 10M

I'm the third owner of a 10M that I purchased in 1991, and used - until recently - to cruise the Maine coast. It's very stable and offers performance similar to boats 3-7 feet longer. The original construction was probably overdesigned, with very thick hull sections and a heavy rig. There were some oversights - aluminum backing plates under the winches come to mind - but those I've found are easily corrected, with one exception. The mast step is set low in the bilge, so it's always wet. The step is iron (or steel) and the mast is aluminum, so corrosion is inevitable!

I agree with SailorMitch re Dan Pfeiffer's web site, with one caveat: I'm not sure how active Dan is today. I've contacted him because I'd like to list my boat - which I'm now selling - on his site, and received no response.

As a sailing boat, I found the 10M, which was my first sailboat, very satisfying. (I never considered upgrading to another or bigger boat.) With grandchildren and a new house on the Maine coast, I just haven't found the time to use it during the last four years.
06-10-2007 10:09 AM
paulk I think Practical Sailor has a generally positive review of the 10M. (I loaned my copy of their Used Boat Buyers Guide out, and haven't gotten it back yet. Won't make that mistake again.) That would be worth reading for details. The 10M has always appealed to me because they look good, and seem to be put together OK. The 1970's P36 is similar, and would offer more headroom and stowage space - if you can find one of those in your price range. The caveat on the engine is valid, though if it ain't broke...
06-08-2007 10:53 AM
JimsCAL The 10M is a solid boat - essentially a larger version of the P26 and P30 of the 1970s. They are still competive club racers and make good cruising boats. My main concern would be the age - especially the engine if its original. Many came with an Atomic 4 which will probably need a complete rebuild or replacement with a diesel.
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