We owned a Pearson 28-1 and that boat was awesome. She carried us through crap plenty of times, won club races regularly (no thanks to us), and turned heads at the dock
(she was a looker). Previous owner took her to the Bahamas
twice and replaced the starboard settee with cabinetry and a better galley
. She felt like a bigger boat. Lots to be said for a small cruiser.
The Sabre is awesome too, but I have to speak up for the good old Pearson. She was my favorite ever and we wept they day we sold her.