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02-15-2013 09:45 AM
Re: Looking at a 1974 Pearson 30'

Originally Posted by jim murdock View Post
Unless you are a 1) glutton for punishment or 2)want to spend a lot of money and all of the next sailing season working on it, run, don't walk away from this one.
What's your rationale for saying that? Is the bushing glassed in, requiring cutting and glasswork or something? On my boat, it looked like it was simply pressed up into the bottom of the rudder tube.
02-09-2013 12:44 AM
Re: Looking at a 1974 Pearson 30'

Curious as to how this worked out...
1) I own a Pearson 32. My research showed that they were the BMW of boats back in the day - not as fast as a Porche, but more well-rounded with comfortable performance. Mine is a 1982. The older the Pearson, likely the better the boat (obviously, depending on owners and maintenance), because Grumman bought the company and had decent quality control standards until they sold in 1986.
2) I sail/race on SF Bay. Compared to modern boats, my light wind performance seems better. In ~25kts I have to fight the helm off the wind as the main is overpowering my jib - but I have a 90% high cut jib, so with a larger jib I'd expect more balance. So she can sail close to the wind, but not fast in high winds compared to those I race against.
3) If you didn't buy this boat, and I hope you didn't given that the owner had no pride of care, then there are a number of boats from that era which are well built and worth a look. Keep in mind you're buying the owner as well as the boat, and get to know both. This book helped me a lot:
Your First Boat, by Pascoe I'd say Tartan and C&C, would be quality if maintained.
02-08-2013 09:07 PM
jim murdock
Re: Looking at a 1974 Pearson 30'

Unless you are a 1) glutton for punishment or 2)want to spend a lot of money and all of the next sailing season working on it, run, don't walk away from this one.
02-05-2013 02:15 PM
Re: Looking at a 1974 Pearson 30'

I have replaced bushing before.. but on a different boat. Not sure how Pearson does this, but there are plenty of Pearson owners and they have their own site too, I believe..

Found this, may be helpful, but the linked owners group appears not to be there...

Pearson 30
02-05-2013 02:12 PM
Re: Looking at a 1974 Pearson 30'

Faster.... thank you for replying.... so I guess if I am able to drop it,
and I purchase the replacement bearings from D&R -
then I should have no problem replacing them???
I assume you have done this before???

Thanks again
02-05-2013 02:04 PM
Re: Looking at a 1974 Pearson 30'

Double check yourself.. measure the distance from bottom of rudder to the ground.. then measure the length of the stock inside the boat up to and including the top of the rudder stock, you'll need an extra inch or so of clearance to ease removal and reinstallation.

If you've got 24 " to the ground now, and 26" of rudder stock... you're out of luck. Be sure to factor in the rudder stock angle.. if it's angled the rudder will move back and down.. might gain an inch or so there....

It's quite common to need to dig a pit to get the stock out of the rudder tube.
02-05-2013 01:50 PM
Re: Looking at a 1974 Pearson 30'

Rudder bearing replacement....Rich said I need to dig a pit to drop it,
my boat is stored outside on jack stands on asphalt, will I not be able to drop the rudder to replace the rudder bearings?
11-28-2012 07:14 PM
Re: Looking at a 1974 Pearson 30'

We have a P26 from 1975. Many of the issues mentioned above were issues that needed to be addressed, the blistering was all over the bottom, leaking at all the stanchions and cleats, and the electrical was a mess. We haven't touched he blisters yet as they seem cosmetic and very shallow. We had to rebed all of the deck hardware our first year to get the cabin dry. The electrical was the biggest challenge. The original wiring and switches had corroded and were not identified. We used Casey's guide and rewired the entire boat except for the mast which we had the yard do. It ended up being quite expensive but the fire hazard I felt it posed deemed it worthwhile. We paid less than $3500 for the P26 but more than made up with it in all of the tin-coated copper wire and marine circuit breakers. If it's ok with the Seller, I'd ask to unscrew and pull out the main panel and take a peak behind it. If everything is labeled and looks in good condition you should be ok. If it's a jumbled mess and the insulation is cracking off, you may want to take it into consideration.
11-24-2012 02:04 PM
Se'id Meis
Re: Looking at a 1974 Pearson 30'

This boat looks to be coming undone. We bought a '74 P30 this past July for $6K with a pristine A-4 and none of the structural issues described in your pictures. Some "softening" at the stanchions is a fairly common issue, especially on older boats, and can generally be repaired satisfactorily. This vessel, though, appears to have some serious issues with delaminating from the core, the compression post is a goner and I'll bet there's more. If you absolutely have to have her, pay the money for the haul out and survey but, in my opinion, it would be a ~$1000 spent for the entertainment of finding out what else is wrong. You can find a lot more boat for a little more money!
05-31-2012 10:14 AM
Re: Looking at a 1974 Pearson 30'

I may take a look at the boat today if it's still there. Not to buy it, just to get an idea of what they look like. I live in Guntersville so it's not like it's out of the way.
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