My wife and I owned a Pearson Flyer for 10 years on SF bay
. It is a fun boat, but it really is not a cruiser. We went on several week long cruises with it out the bay and down to Monterey, etc., so it can be done. It sails like a big 30' dinghy
with the big main, fin keel
, and outboard
. You need to play the helm
constantly. We did put an autopilot
on ours, especially for motoring. I've seen them for a little less, but do not know what shape they were in. If you have to put a lot into the engine, I would look a little harder. The boats have a balsa cored hull
, so be sure to check that out. We never had any issues with ours, but something to be aware of. Take a close look at the aluminum
plate near the floor where you step into the sail storage
area in the bow and look for moisture issues there. It is generally well built, but it is a light boat and designed as a club racer
It is not a cruiser by any means. If you are looking for a fun, responsive boat for daysailing, maybe some club racing
, and occasionally doing a cruise
with decent weather
, it is a good boat. If you are looking for an ocean going cruiser, you can do better. I think one did sail in the OSTAR, if I remember correctly, so it can be done (but I'll have to try and verify if my memory is correct on that one), but not something I would personally do!
If you have some other specific questions, I'll try to answer.