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This weekend was the beginning of my search for a sailboat. I looked at a Bavaria 32, Pearson 30, Islander Bahama 30, Catalina 30, O'Day 30, and finally a Pearson 323. After evaluating condition and characteristics, the Pearson 323 is at the top of the list. There are some issues that concern me. Cosmetics are not a problem. Structural issues with the hull and deck are problems for me. I took some pictures and attached them. The chain plates at the deck level on both sides show cracks in the gel coat. I'm thinking its from flexing but I don't know what this could mean. I couldn't see the chainplate attachments down below but no signs of leaking was apparent. Also there was water damage around the mast wood collar down below. I was told that the rubber gasket around the mast at the deck needs replacing every 2 years. I'm not familiar with this either. Any words of advice. Thanks
 

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I have a 323 and I do not have the spiders at the chainplates but I do replace the mast tape that I use every couple years. I would suggest that before you purchase that you get a survey. I really enjoy the size and the way my boat handles my times on 'The Big Lake'
 

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To clarify a bit . .Here in Muskegon there are 5 323's and I have not seen what you show in the pictures on any of the sisterships . .The suggestion to seek a surveyor is that he has the expertise to determine if it is as simple as the gelcoat being to thick and cracking or if there is a larger and more serious issue going on . .I have not heard of many specific negative issues with these boats . .there are a few online owners groups . .the other owners I know are very loyal which speaks well of the model . .
 

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This weekend was the beginning of my search for a sailboat. I looked at a Bavaria 32, Pearson 30, Islander Bahama 30, Catalina 30, O'Day 30, and finally a Pearson 323. After evaluating condition and characteristics, the Pearson 323 is at the top of the list. There are some issues that concern me. Cosmetics are not a problem. Structural issues with the hull and deck are problems for me. I took some pictures and attached them. The chain plates at the deck level on both sides show cracks in the gel coat. I'm thinking its from flexing but I don't know what this could mean. I couldn't see the chainplate attachments down below but no signs of leaking was apparent. Also there was water damage around the mast wood collar down below. I was told that the rubber gasket around the mast at the deck needs replacing every 2 years. I'm not familiar with this either. Any words of advice. Thanks
In your travels did you even learn the exact length of the 1981 Pearson 323 mast? It used a Sound Spar Part # 7747.

Many thanks!

Nick Z
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