I cruised and lived aboard a Pearson 30
for many years. It was a great boat, tough and a good sailor. Let me tell you what I didn't like.
Living arrangement - Pull out berth and dining table shared the same area in the main cabin
. I couldn't eat breakfast in the morning until I made up the berth. I couldn't go to sleep at night without clearing and folding the table.
Tankage - 20 gallons of water
. Usually enough for short hops of a day or two. Holding tank
, same thing. No overboard
capability. Pumpout stations were not always available. 20 gallons of gas. Nowhere near enough. Had to fill up every day motoring down the ICW
. No room for error. Days had to be planned around gas stops.
- nice and long and roomy. Tiller steering
consumed most of the space. I'd get a wheel
- OK for limited cruising. Little clothing storage
. Lived out of a duffel bag. V berth was, like most people, a storage area for sails
Engine - Atomic4 gas. Reliable, easy and cheap
(relatively) to fix. Limited range with 20 gals. of fuel
. If you're cruising you'll motor
more than you care to admit.
That's my experience in a 30 footer. If I were to do it again I would address all of these. Dedicated sleeping quarters, lots of tankage, diesel