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

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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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Re: Pearson 39 vs Whitby Ketch 42

We cruised for 5 years in a Whitby 42 and would definitely choose that over the P-39. W-42 is heavier, and won't sail upwind as well as the P-39 but will handle a storm better and will be more comfortable. It will have much more storage space and will allow for a warm and dry cockpit enclosure with room enough for 8 at happy hour. Our current boat is a P-34 and it's good upwind, but it's not for living aboard. Good luck with your search.
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Re: Pearson 39 vs Whitby Ketch 42

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We've had close friends with Whitby 42s. Both had trouble with the hull to deck joint that opened up on passages. Fixable.

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I believe some Whitby 42s had riveted hull to deck joins, others were through bolted. I would not want one with rivets.

A friend recently sailed his from the Caribbean to the Med via Azores. Obviously a boat that's capable of passages although not the fastest thing in the world.
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Re: Pearson 39 vs Whitby Ketch 42

Whitby 42's have a reputation (see above) for being relatively well-built passagemakers. The ketch rig performs well on long downwind reaches (read: cruising) The Pearson is a nice boat, but the sloop/centerboard rig is perhaps better suited to coastwise trips where windward work might be more valued than it is generally in ocean cruising. The Pearson's centerboard is a moving part (read:breakable)that might not be something you'd use much, or even need. The Pearson's v-drive engine shaft transmission is something else from the '70's that you would not want to need parts for in Buenos Aires in 2020.
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Re: Pearson 39 vs Whitby Ketch 42

I chartered a Whitby 42 for a week in the early 90's in the Virgin Islands. It's a real sea slug if you're looking for a boat that has good overall sailing performance. Contrariwise, I've never encountered any Pearson model that didn't sail well including the old Countess. However, the daggerboard would be a problem for me in regards to maintenance and potential mechanical failure. So, neither one would work for me with your desired plans in mind. Good luck and safe sailing . . . Rognvald
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