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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.