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Old 15-07-2018, 19:06   #1
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Pearson 39 vs Whitby Ketch 42


My husband and I are looking for a sailboat to cruise with In the winter (dec-march each year). He has a lot of history with sailing, I am relatively newer to it. Two boats we have been looking at are a 74 Pearson 39 and a 73 Whitby ketch 42, pretty different. The Pearson is close to us in New England, was taken care of very, very well and has been shrink wrapped the last few years. It has a retractable fin keel—it was only used for coastal sailing. The Whitby has been cruising up and down to South America the last 18 years and is in a slip In Florida. Both are in good condition, I am asking more about the design in general:

While we plan to start off with coastal sailing as I learn a lot more, in a few years we want to start going blue water down to South America, and possibly doing crossings and living on the boat longer term. The Pearson is less expensive, but the Whitby is better outfitted for eventual blue water, and a fair amount heavier/longer etc. but also has a rounded tenderness to the shape and without a bow sprint...both seem to have upsides and downsides.
question being—does anyone have experience doing crossings and blue water cruising in a Pearson 39? Which would you choose?

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Old 16-07-2018, 20:51   #2
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Re: Pearson 39 vs Whitby Ketch 42

We've had close friends with Whitby 42s. Both had trouble with the hull to deck joint that opened up on passages. Fixable. One of them, the woman did not like how rolly their boat was at anchor. They did not use flopper stoppers of any kind.

The types of enclosures people make for CC boats tend to get quite high and are large, and do not do the boats any favors performance-wise. Aft cockpit dodgers do so to a lesser extent.

No experience, even 2nd hand, with the Pearson.

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