Ireland! Pearson makes a good boat and I believe the Irwin is a damn fine boat, but I have no experience with either. We looked at a lot of Catalina's and although they make fine lake and some coastal boats, from what I saw the Catalina's are very flexible. I looked at 3 that come to mind on their cradle
and all were indented where pads were holding them. Am sure this would come out if put back in water
,maybe. Would have hated to re-float and see dents in hull
. The problem with most mid 80's and newer is cored hull
. Yes,lighter,but water intrusion would be a MAJOR concern. If the boat flex's that much, it more than likely would leak. I know where there is a damn good C and C 30' boat that has not been in the water in 11 years now. Covered,but needs TLC. We just missed out on a 85 S-2(jaded opinion here) that was sold in Va. For $17,000. Was very well kept w/2 solar panels
and new engine. They are around, no hurry. I am a firm believer in find the boat that talks to you when you see her,get to know her, then learn to work her. Kind of pornographic sounding,but oh so true. Just my opinion. I saw Portland
is getting hammered. Troutdale,by chance? I empathize with you. Be safe.