Originally Posted by svquest2
It is a good all around boat. Pearson built those early designs a little heavy without cores so the glass is solid and I believe they did not suffer the blister problems of newer boats. They were a little slower than newer designs because of their weight, the attached rudder
, and more than a fin keel
, but they sailed well and had good sea keeping qualities. They don't have the room of newer designs as they had moderate beam and traditional layouts. I believe that when all is considered they could be a worthwhile purchase
Assuming (<--always a bad word) the "price is right".
we don't know hardly anything...of what we do know:
1-I'd walk around on the decks and see if there are any soft spots;
2-The universal diesel
is a Fantastic Upgrade already off Your "to do" list, as the original atomic 4's were/are a LOT of upkeep and gas engines should NEVER be below decks/inboard on sailing vessels (IMHO). Diesel vapors may stink, but they don't EXPLODE.
is bombproof shy having met with a reef or rocks formerly...that age You're probably 2" THICK at the waterline...like I said, Bombproof.
4-Osmosis? Check the stringers for rot
, inspect the keel bolts
for rust, thru-hulls, seacocks, grounding plates/zinks; and stop worrying...until You agree on a price
, get a contract
, and SEE THE RESULTS of the SURVEY
(which is worth every penny of the $350.-$500. You'll have to pay for it) at which point You can hand him a copy where You renegotiate, OR get Your deposit back...there's not much more we can say. a 26' same vintage "Columbia" I'd pen the same things about.
They're TOUGH good sailing Old Boats. Don't be Afraid of Age, IF You like what You're looking at and the price
is reasonable. You won't be disappointed with these based on the maker, or age; rather how they were kept for the last 48+ years. The "basics" (hull, engine
components, rig) are extremely durable and will probably last as long again as the time it's already been in service
. Being out of the water
the last 4 years (properly stored) is a good thing as well.
Good Luck, don't be scared by age, as sometimes "Older" is better (as in quality of construction), and they're always more reasonably priced. NOT Always are they "somebody else's Problems" being "dumped on You".
The original boom shouldn't be a problem either if still serviceable.
PS, if You move forward, feel free to contact me for specific issues encountered in restoration
(if needed) of anything, stated previously have torn apart & rebuilt 3 of these previously. They are good solid boats, and to get an equivilant, durable vessel these days would probably cost You close to a $100k, us, new.