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Old 30-05-2012, 10:38   #1

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Pearson P-40 Centerboard

Are there P-40 owners here? So many questions and so little to find on the net.

I start dreaming about a P-40, very special design and centerboard. But is this sailboat easy to single handle? as an early '80 IOR design, over powered? downwind? etc. etc.

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Old 02-09-2012, 15:08   #2
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Re: Pearson P-40 Centerboard


We have a Pearson 40 and done a bunch of sailing on her as well as cuising all sorts of weather.

It is a great boat but not very popular because of the flush deck mostly - not appealing to most cruisers looking for a boat.

The boat sails very well and is easy to singlehand especially if your wheel is forward - access to line controls is easy

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Re: Pearson P-40 Centerboard

Love the boat but my concern was that it is a cored hull. Something that can be a problem if water gets in. Any complaints with yours and is the coring below the water line?? Sure are some listed at pretty low prices. Look like a bargain especially if you need shallow draft.
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Re: Pearson P-40 Centerboard

I've sailed on one a bit, and I've known owners of two different ones. The whale bottom design with the centerboard makes for some odd handling downwind. According to one friend you couldn't leave the wheel for a second when downwind as it was unpredictable. However, on the wind they were swift sailors. They tended to be raced and with a full crew would be good. Not sure how a windvane or autopilot would work considering the squirreliness downwind. A friend did very well in the Marblehead to Halifx Race. I personally love the flush deck configuration. There are lots of good sea berths and I find the interior feels very open and spacious. Makes working on deck very easy too. Pearsons tend to be solidly built production boats, but I'm pretty sure there is lots of balsa core to look into on an older boat.
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Old 02-09-2012, 16:16   #5
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Re: Pearson P-40 Centerboard

The P40 is cored below the WL down to the integral ballast. None of the boats to my knowledge have had any issues with the coring, ours included. Pearson, now TPI, have a good reputation for good glasswork - they pioneered a lot of techniques over the years and not just in boats.

Regarding the squireliness, the original rudder was swept aft much, hence more feel but also more power needed to steer the boat on a deep angle in medium to heavy air.This is especially true with large headsails and spinnakers.

A Mark2 rudder addresses this problem and the boat is much tamer ( I have a picture of the new rudder in my gallery) - I believe faster also. Deep angles work well with the Cb up as there is less wetted area - the boat sails fast, much like the P35 with the CB up, although the P35 does have a little stub keel (to the best of my remembrance).

Upwind, the boat steers itself when the sails are balanced - no real need for an autopilot. We do use our windvane, hence upwind when conditions are a bit bouncy though.

Deck coring is typical of many other boats (including the P35) and there are potential problems if hardware is not properly bedded/sealed down.

Prices for the boats are Really reasonable, especially if one is quite handy to perform repair/upgrades him/herself.

Any other comments/questions I would be happy to answer to the best of my knowledge.

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Re: Pearson P-40 Centerboard

We absolutely love our P-530.I know it's not the P-40, but it is a Pearson AND a centerboarder.
After 2 voyages to the Caribbean from Newport, RI and almost a year in the Caribbean we've done a lot of sailing on her.
It is as well built as any plastic boat I've ever sailed and a whole lot faster than I'd expected. An exceptional cruising boat.
The board is a godsend in a rolly anchorage, not to mention making her so much more comfortable when sailing.
Good luck & good sailing.

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