Originally Posted by Jpeck
I'm wondering how she handles? Found one here in Delaware on the hard
. She hasn't seen water in ten years. Have you taken yours out yet?
Originally Posted by JonathanSail
She looks pretty good from what I can see. More cleanup should go a long way. Hopefully the decks are solid, and the usual issues are few and far between. I'd like to see more photos, will have to dig around online. It's an interesting design that while unusual seems like it would offer a lot of practical advantages in a 30.
Hi Jpeck & JonathanSail, I haven't taken her out yet. I just got her engine
started. Over the weekend I went through about 40 gallons of fuel cleaning
out the tank that was filled with watered diesel
and bacterial growth. The engine now runs nice and smooth. I have learned quite a few thing the Pearson 300 over the last two months and I am more than happy to share what I know here and on my blog (found through my signature).
There haven't been many built, possible 100-150, and the information on these ships is scarce to say the least. It seems that Pearson wanted make a boat that soul transition power boaters into sailors and/or vice versa. She shares her hull
design with the Pearson Vanguard, but lacks the centerboard
and has a slightly shorter rig. I am anticipating her as being a somewhat tender
boat, but I never minded putting a boom in the water. One could stiffen her up by adding some weight to the bilge
. I an using two group 31 batteries mid-ship and below the water. Overall, she has been very stable at the docks even in 25mph winds and chopping seas. I never lost
my footing or had any trouble working on her in these conditions.
Jpeck, if you are looking to buy one that has been on the hard for a while, I would pay careful attention to the engine and wiring system. I would take a battery with you to hook up and test the lights, instruments and connections. Also, the engine will need special attention. Myne was filled to the brim with oil
to prevent corrosion
. Take a wrench to the crankshaft and see if the engine spins. You should be able to hand turn it counter-clockwise. Check the deck
coach roof for any soft spots. The hull
is solid-thick fiberglass
, so you should be okay. A survey
is probably the best way to go if you have the extra cash, just try to negotiate for a low flat fee and the boat really isn't worth much on the market. Depending on engine, electrical, hot water system, expect to spend between 2-5K (doing the work yourself) to get her ready to sail.
Here are a few websites that may prove helpful if you decide to pursue the boat.
1. Sailing with Soul
2. Pearson 300
3. PEARSON 300 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
I'll update this community and my blog with any new info and experiences I have with my Pearson 300 (Sailor's Soul)
Cheers & Happy Sailing!!!