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Questions on transporting a P30

I have a cradle I want to use to transport and store a P30. How much does the P30 weigh? Any advice on where it should be supported?
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PEARSON 30 Sailboat details on sailboatdata.com

According to this link she's about 8300# but that's probably dry design weight. Unless the boat is fully stripped and has been on the hard for a long time she's quite likely to weigh anywhere from 500-1500 lbs more in reality.

Pearsons are reputedly a bit 'bendy' so try for a balance of reasonable weight on the keel (difficult with the strong sweep) and be sure the support pads of the cradle are aligned with internal bulkheads to avoid putting undue pressure on unsupported hull panels, esp for a road transport.

Make sure the whole thing is strapped down securely and if you're using webbing straps if you put a few twists in them they won't vibrate so much at road speeds.

However, I will say this kind of thing really is best left to the pros esp if you already have a lot of questions....
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Thanks for the reply

If I left everything I had questions about to the pros then I would be like 99% of America, unequipped with the knowledge necessary for long range cruising.

Not going far, few miles from the travel lift to my house.
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.....If I left everything I had questions about to the pros then I would be like 99% of America, unequipped with the knowledge necessary for long range cruising.
I hear ya... My concern in this case was a long haul transport. A short low speed haul to your backyard should be simple enough - but still you want to cradle the boat securely and safely, of course.

Best of luck, be safe.
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Pearson 30 are indeed 'floppy hulls'.
Locate where the aft end of the keel meets the hull. Draw an imaginary line vertically down to the bottom of the keel. ALL keel blocking goes IN FRONT of this imaginary line; NO keel blocking aft of this imaginary line.

1. The extreme aft end of the bottom of the keel is 100% FRG and there is a large 'void'/hollow in this area, if this area bears any weight it can crack the FRG section of the aft keel .... use a hammer and tap the keel aft end to find this large void if needed.
2. If the boat is blocked aft of this imaginary line the keel will slightly 'rotate', pushing the aft end of the keel into the hull. The hull will then develop "wierd" distortions/deflections .... under the ice box and also under the locker in the 'quarter berth'. Depending on the load being held by the improperly blocked aft end of the keel such 'deflections' and 'hull distortions' can be severe .... although until the time that Pearson went out of business there wasnt any report of delaminations due to these hull distortions due to improper blocking.
Use tight vee poppits on the bow and between the prop and the rudder to 'help' the hull.
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