Older Pearsons are generally very solid boats. I've spent the last six years overhauling my 1984 422 and have found no significant structural issues.
However, like any older boat they will probably have some issues to address. Assume the 70s models, like the later Pearsons were built with a cored deck
and maybe hull
. Unless the previous owner was really on top of this, probably leaks
around the deck
fittings like stanchions, winches, etc. Check all of these carefully
in the balsa core
. If you find a really large or badly delaminated area then consider the time and cost of repair.
A few other things to check, most are typical of any older boat, some more common on Pearons.
1. Hull/deck joint. Is it solid, is it leaking?
2. Base of mast
. Some Pearsons (including mine) used a steel
baseplate in the bilge
to hold the mast
+ salt water
= corroded bottom of the mast.
3. Chainplates and rigging
. Boat that old the chainplates need close inspection
unless replaced recently also.
. Always a question on older boats.
5. Bulkheads and floors. Any rot
, wetness, delamination
, still well tabbed to the hull