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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???

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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...

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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.
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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.
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Re: Looking at a 1974 Pearson 30'

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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.
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