Originally Posted by Lizzy Belle
Not to make things harder for you, but ...
what does the Pearson 323 have that other similar boats do not?
Don't misunderstand me -- nothing wrong with it, but you're limiting yourself to one very specific model and I can't figure out why
I still have my list of "has to have" "hope she has" etc., but there are quite a few boats that fit all that's on the list. So I wouldn't limit myself so specifically to that one make & model if I were you.
IMHO: I have learned that if you allow too many choices it also enlarges the probability for errors. My formula works as follows. I did extensive research
on various sailboats. Compared them and narrowed down to two a Valiant and a Pearson 323.
The Valiant was a very nice boat with all the attributes but too costly for me in every angle.
The Pearson is within my price
range and makes me feel secure because it has a very rich history
of being tested in tough conditions and it has proven to be a good solid sailer and i like its looks and i can see the potential in her for my artistic endeavors.
There is also good support in the net and from the industry. All in all the 323 according to sources in the net is a very capable boat for coastal liveaboard
cruising and if needed open water or passage
. There is plenty of available credible and professional information delineating its passage history
. According to various resources the Pearson is a sailboat that is also build solid and thick and i wanted that in a sailboat first and foremost.
It has plenty space and according to all that i have read it has many attributes of the bigger sailboats. Still and however, take into consideration that i have not seen the 323 in person. I find the sailboat photogenic so we will see how does it look in reality, i might not like her in person.
I have a champagne taste with a beer
pocket and it makes me suffer, i like the nice things. The 323 has that nice clean look and sits pretty in the water and doesn't look cheap
at least that's how i see it.
But the bottom line is that i have to buy a sailboat and i am trying to pick a sailboat that is tried and true and that i like to look at.
But, i am still listening and learning
and open for suggestions and money