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Old 04-08-2016, 23:58   #1
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Pearson 22 good first sailboat?

I have been considering a 22 catalina for a lake nearby. I recently came across a 1968 Pearson 22 (not an ensign) for $750 on the lake. I found it the night it was posted and am first on the list to look at it (planning on looking at it today).

Do any of yall know anything about pearson 22s? The boat comes with 2 main sails, a jib in good condition, along with a working outboard. The boat is currently on the water and ready to sail and the pictures show a clean looking boat. It seems like a good deal but just wanting to make sure its not too good to be true.

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Old 05-08-2016, 19:19   #2
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Re: Pearson 22 good first sailboat?

Good deal for what kind of money? It's 48 years old so have a knowledgeable friend take a look at her if you don't trust yourself to spot obvious problems. If it doesn't need any immediate repairs you have a good boat to learn the ropes on. Pun intended. The price is the important factor in making the decision.
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Old 05-08-2016, 22:10   #3
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Cool. Thanks Jim.

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Old 05-08-2016, 23:35   #4
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Re: Pearson 22 good first sailboat?

My first sailboat was an '75 or '76 O'Day 21 that I picked up for $1200 on the Chesapeake Bay back in my navy days. Much like your Pearson 22 it had decent sails and a running outboard. Was a great little boat to learn the ropes on and when it came time to part with her, sold her for what I paid for her 2 years previously. For $750, if the boat is even in half-way decent shape I don't think you can go wrong as a first boat and learning experience.
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Re: Pearson 22 good first sailboat?

hard to go wrong for 750 bucks. if you like the boat when you see it grab it. luck to you.
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Re: Pearson 22 good first sailboat?

I had an old Pearson 30 for 5 years. SOLID boat. Pearson built them well. A quick google to see the 22, and it looks great.

Like all older boat though, have a good look, and have a knowledgeable friend look too, to be sure its safe.

Other than that, I think its a great deal and you are going to have fun, excitement, and adventure. Enjoy the ride!
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Re: Pearson 22 good first sailboat?

My first boat was a Pearson Electra which was 22' . Sailed really well. Felt like a bogger boat. Had full keel. Sorry I sold it.
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I have been considering a 22 catalina for a lake nearby. I recently came across a 1968 Pearson 22 (not an ensign) for $750 on the lake. I found it the night it was posted and am first on the list to look at it (planning on looking at it today).

Do any of yall know anything about pearson 22s? The boat comes with 2 main sails, a jib in good condition, along with a working outboard. The boat is currently on the water and ready to sail and the pictures show a clean looking boat. It seems like a good deal but just wanting to make sure its not too good to be true.

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JMHO, Pearson made a stouter boat that Catalina but Catalina would probably serve you well. Look at the condition at boats. In the price range I would give a lot of attention to the sails.
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Re: Pearson 22 good first sailboat?

I ended up not getting it unfortunately. Definitley was a good deal tho.

Ive been curious how much adding systems such as electrical and plumbing adds to the maintenance cost of a boat. I see quite a few pearson 26s and catalina 27s that look nice. The extra size would be cool but with those systems it seems like there is more that could go wrong.

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Re: Pearson 22 good first sailboat?

I bought my first sailboat, a Pearson 22 for $2,700, in 1969 and sailed her up and down the California coast and far offshore after friends taught me how to sail. Sold her for $2200 five years later. Upgraded the 6hp outboard to 10hp and put a VHF radio aboard. Never had any problems. Great first boat to learn to sail.
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I ended up not getting it unfortunately. Definitley was a good deal tho.

Ive been curious how much adding systems such as electrical and plumbing adds to the maintenance cost of a boat. I see quite a few pearson 26s and catalina 27s that look nice. The extra size would be cool but with those systems it seems like there is more that could go wrong.

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I suggest you hang around the docks. You have gone from apples to oranges with 22 to 27'. Trailer sailor to a slip.
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Grew up knowing Ev Pearson and Dick Fisher when they both worked on bringing the Pearson and Boston Whaler lines of boat to market. Pearsons were very well made, overbuilt in many regards and are good sailing boats. Some of the earlier ones had quirks like oak rudders that would expand and contract depending on moisture content, but solid nevertheless.

Easy boats to work on. Solid glass, Go for it.
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Re: Pearson 22 good first sailboat?

Super size for first boat
Mine was a Kelt 21 back in 1985
AfteriI sailed many boats up to 55 feetiI returned to a 26 footer and started enjoying sailing again
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Re: Pearson 22 good first sailboat?

No brainer! My wife and I started with an Oday 22,
Great starter boat, had a couple of issues- wasn't too pretty, but we learned how to sail cheap- 2 years later lived up to a 30' and spent some $ to make it ours.
Go for it- that's little money to learn and figure if it's what you want to do.
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I ended up not getting it unfortunately. Definitley was a good deal tho.

Ive been curious how much adding systems such as electrical and plumbing adds to the maintenance cost of a boat. I see quite a few pearson 26s and catalina 27s that look nice. The extra size would be cool but with those systems it seems like there is more that could go wrong.

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Can you elaborate which factors prevailed in your decision not to get this particular boat?

IMO as a first boat for lake sailing/trailering 22' is the right size. Large enough for occasional (or frequent) overnights yet small enough to take her to different sailing areas and easy on the pocketbook as far as dockage and storage fees go. And sure beats not having any boat.
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