Last winter (2014) I came across an early 80s Pearson 30
which the seller reduced to $5K asking price
. There was nothing wrong with it, other than the usual 35 year old boat ongoing maintenance
stuff. It was one of those "have to sell her by some time certain" kind of a deal. I was helping a friend find a boat (his situation changed and he stopped looking for a while) but that was a great boat for very little money
. I was surprised at the time that it did not sell at $5K. But thinking about it I realized that many newbies are not knowledgeable enough to just go ahead and get a boat like that, use it for a few years, learn the ropes so to speak and then either keep her long term and put some new money
in - update electronics
, etc or go on to a newish bigger/better something else. The deals are definitely out there if one is flexible enough as to the make/model and is willing to travel to where the boats are and/or can be sailed back home. I realize of course that living in New England
, few miles away from the coast, helps a lot to have a greater choice but still - the deals are out there.
PS When I started club sailing in the mid-late 90s they had a lot of Pearsons and O'Days (30' to 39') having acquired them in bulk at the various bankruptcy sales in the late 80s-early 90s. I think both are great brands, very sturdy and well made. They're all long in the tooth by now of course but IMO they are two of the few makes worth maintaining and keeping long term if found without major structural issues (usually owner/neglect caused).