SailNet Community banner

1 - 20 of 29 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Hello all,

New here and looking for advice on purchasing a 1985 Pearson 422 as a liveaboard weekend sailer for the next few years and eventually as an offshore vessels. Have been looking at several boats over the last year and this boat just speaks to me and has all that I want. I will move to Hawaii end of the year and take a look and get a survey done of her. What I am asking of all of you is does anybody have any knowledge of major issues to look at with regard to this boat? Ie known tank issues, known engine issues. Things that me as a novice might not know to look at.
 

·
Senior Member
Joined
·
713 Posts
I had a 424 which I really liked until I saw a 422 :) They are very nice well made boats. Not fast, but a nice boat.

the fuel tanks were installed badly, they have a copper strap holding down the Aluminum and corroding through is pretty common. SO look real hard at that. it's a B*tch to cut that thing out and fix a stinky fuel leak.

The V drive is no longer available, and the cooling circuit can corrode out. I'd take the cover off and look hard at that. THat's not the end of the world thoug, a lot of guys have run without cooling at all.

The Westerbekes are VERY expensive to maintain.

THere is a really good discussion group, pearson424.org
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
458 Posts
I also had a P 424. I believe that the 422 is the same hull? Nice boats.

Here is the blog of a cruising couple on a 422. There are others.

S/V Veranda
 

·
But if not...
Joined
·
128 Posts
We have a 422 and are planning to cruise her soon. As others have said, the 424 and 422 had the same hull with different deck/cabin layouts. Several of the folks I know who have 422's cruise them extensively. One couple has lived aboard for 7 years cruising the Ragged's each year and working the summers in the States.

A couple thoughts based on just 2 years experience, so I'm sure others can offer more.

- not the fastest in the fleet, but we've been out in 35-40 its on the Chesapeake and were very comfortable.
- we added a full enclosure which has been fantastic! Would have to take much of it down for any serious passages due to the increased windage. But others might leave theirs up - a matter of taste.
- the aft cabin is great at anchor. the main salon has 2 solid seaberths
- the on deck stowage is just about nonexistent. Just a small lazaretto and no cockpit lockers. Some have mounted boxes on deck. We're planning to use a waterproof rooftop luggage bag that can be thrown below for passages or strapped on deck the rest of the time
- engine access is very good. Shaft seal access is horrible. Depending on which you're trying to work on...
- Ours needed a lot of work as you would expect for a boat of that age. in particular, replace the chainplates - they all need it. If the fuel tanks haven't been replaced, check them carefully and plan on replacing soon. The bowsprit was also a little thin walled and a couple people reported that they flexed badly. Ours had crevice corrosion badly and we replaced it
- if you're anywhere near the mid-Atlantic, would love to connect and share more, and learn from you.

Which one are you looking at? I know there are a couple on the market.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
Currently looking at Kupani it is in hawaii. It is a 1985. Nicely setup and currently listed on Yacht World.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
Will be on the west side of the pond for minimum 3 three years maybe 6 depending on whether I decide to retire at 20 years or take it out to 24. But I would not rule out not making it eventually to the east coast so will definitely keep both you informed and when I purchase her will post pics and keep you informed on our journeys...:)
 

·
But if not...
Joined
·
128 Posts
We looked online at Kupani the last time she was on the market 2-3 years ago (at least I think it's the same 422) Was impressed. Couldn't work out any reasonable logistics to get her back to the east coast. My wife was all in favor of sailing her directly back - by heading west...

Good luck with the purchase and the retirement decision. Thanks for your service!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
That is good to hear. Thank you for the info. It is my pleasure to serve and help keep everyone safe.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
35 Posts
Looked on YW, if it's the same boat, she's beautiful. I know nothing about sailboats btw. I've been looking (dreaming) at boats on YW. She's got that big aft cabin I think would go over well with the GF. I hope it's the boat you want and good luck getting her.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
Discussion Starter #12
Yes the aft cabin for inport and at anchorage is one of the big attractions with this boat for me. Along with the current setup of a watermaker and solar setup. Thank you for the luck and hopefully here in a little over a month I can post pics of my first sailboat..:)
 

·
Old enough to know better
Joined
·
4,344 Posts
Well I purchased my Pearson 422. S/V Kupani
Well that is a nice looking center cockpit! I like that it really has nice lines, and does not look like a wedding cake. It is very sleek, for a traditionally styled boat. If the inside is as nice as the outside you did extremely well! I bet that aft cabin is really nice, that is what keeps making me want to up my budget and get a center cockpit.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
Discussion Starter #15
Well that is a nice looking center cockpit! I like that it really has nice lines, and does not look like a wedding cake. It is very sleek, for a traditionally styled boat. If the inside is as nice as the outside you did extremely well! I bet that aft cabin is really nice, that is what keeps making me want to up my budget and get a center cockpit.
Thank you! Yes the interior rocks! and I love her look. I think she looks so sexy!
 

Attachments

·
But if not...
Joined
·
128 Posts
Congratulations! And welcome to the 422 club. We love ours, especially the aft cabin. Even though we've been deep in the bilge the last couple days. We're re-powering so while the old engine is out, it's a rare chance to get in and clean and rebuild those places you just can't reach.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
Discussion Starter #19
Congratulations! And welcome to the 422 club. We love ours, especially the aft cabin. Even though we've been deep in the bilge the last couple days. We're re-powering so while the old engine is out, it's a rare chance to get in and clean and rebuild those places you just can't reach.
Thank you and I am looking forward to getting to know My 422.
 

·
But if not...
Joined
·
128 Posts
Holler if you have any questions. We've rebuilt most of our systems over the last couple years. So we might have struggled through some of your topics already. you can reach us at longsmail @ paperbird dot us
 
1 - 20 of 29 Posts
Top