How did I not see this thread before?
I own a 1974 Pearson 30. I sail out of Kingston, on Lake Ontario
, thousand islands region.
My P30 has an 18hp 1985 volvo penta
2002, new sails
, new standing rigging
(very strong), chart plotter, dinghy
, furling jib
ST2000+, and of course a flat panel TV. For more info, click http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...da-150816.html
The P30 was built with a poor seal around the rudder
post. Check for delam and soft decks in the aft part of the cockpit
floor. Its not expensive or difficult to repair, just a chore.
Check the bottom of the compression
post for rot
drains were built with no seacock (shutoff). Although they were built "hull thick", its still not good. Many have, at some point, been cut and had seacocks installed with proper shutoffs.
On my boat, both the headwaste tank (and all hoses) and the freshwater tank were replaced. Likely for good reason.
The original atomic 4, while a decent, reliable engine
, is not suitable for offshore. You need the range, safety
, and reliability
of a diesel. Nothing wrong with an atomic 4 equipped P30, but a diesel is much prefered, especially if you are going offshore.
The original sails are too old to be serviceable. Be sure you have new or newer sails.
The P30 sails wonderfully. For a 30' boat it handles great, and can take a big wind
and a big sea. But its still just 30'. I was out today in 15 knots winds with a full jib
(no main today) and had a great time. Over 5 knots most of the time. Lee rail down, but no water on deck
or over the bow.
If you have any specific questions, I'd be happy to try to answer as best I can. And I've got pictures: http://1drv.ms/1CrbSlc
If you are thinking of cruising around the Caribbean
, I think its a good boat for that. However, IMHO, not suitable for long passages or ocean crossings.