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post #11 of 21 Old 07-23-2011
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I am biased, but a Pearson 10M is great solid boat....

If you want any type of performance, the Pearson 10M will spank the the other boats that you mentioned except the Catalina 34. But I think the Catalina 34 is a better cruising live aboard boat. You'll pay more for Catalina 34.

I have a Pearson 10M in the Boston area. It's a solid boat and is approved for Off-shore races, such as the Marion to Bermuda race. Things I like about it. Easy to sail, stiff, points great, quick (relative) solidily built. It is roomy inside (11 foot beam). Thinks I don't like about it. Shallow bilge, limited usable cockpit size, limited inside storage.

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C30 is a real nice starter boat. Nice cabin, easy to get parts and a good market to resell.
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Hey, Jack. . . I was in the same situation as you are in. I want to do some offshore sailing but never have before. I was looking for a solid and reliable boat that I could live aboard and maybe do some cruising through the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands. I looked at a few Pearsons and a few Catalina's, O'Day's, Hunters, and Cal's. Like you, I narrowed my choice down to Pearson. I bought a Pearson 33 and love it. I have two double privacy cabins (two people have slept in each and if you watch your head in the aft cabin, they are indeed doubles), and a double settee. Seriously, the configuration is the best of any boat I've seen of its age and in its size with more than 6 feet clearance below. . . even better than the P34 and P38 (unless you NEED a stand alone shower). Bahamas? No problem. Virgins? Only if I took the thorny path and had some more experience. Way offshore? If the weather was right and I had a TON more experience, a good crew, and some additional safety equipment. For a single dude who hosts a couple guests on occasion I love the boat. I came to the realization that I wouldn't be sailing around the world until I had some more time and skill, so that being the case my Pearson 33 is a great foundation for gaining cruising experience. I am considering spending some time on it this winter, but it's gonna be c-c-c-c-cold.
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You and I seem to be on the same (or very similar) page in terms of future plans. The ICW to Bahamas and then the thorny path would be a nice way for me to really get the "feel" of things - someday, hopefully in the near future. In the meantime, I have a pretty steep learning curve to tackle - but I'm actually looking forward to it.

Keep in touch, and keep the faith!

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U R killin' me - I JUST bought a boat, and shouldn't be lookin - but that chart/nav table - must have... Maybe next time?

YES - I'm ecstatic with my boat - just sayin...

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I hope someone interested in Pearsons can help me. I have a 1972 Pearson 390. I have to replace the forward ancient metal holding tank. Does anyone have any suggestions or can point me in the right direction. My first problem is just taking it out.
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Well? what did you buy? I have 76 10M. Project. this year she in for sure.

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I bought an '84 Pearson 303 in very good condition with a lot of accessories. At the end of October, I moved aboard and have never looked back - although we've been spoiled with the warmest winter in MANY years. If I love it this much now, I'll be ecstatic in the summer. I have a HUGE learning curve to tackle, but am eager to just jump in.

Best of luck with the 10M - a great choice that will give you decades of pleasure (and lots of sweat equity - just like mine).

Best of luck. Share your experiences....

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