greenbean, Welcome to the community! I see by your previous posts that you've been looking at a number of boats. Boats in the Northeast are out of the water and stowed for half their life and this can allow them to be in better condition including the lower incidence of sun & UV damage; however, they may also suffer from freeze and thaw expansion damage that can be severe. I think it's best to treat each vessel individually with it's survey
and not place to much importance on it's location.
I have little experience on Pearson's, but I've known many to be successful and pleased with cruising and living aboard
My wife and I have made more than two dozen transits along the US East Coast
; however, we are not among those that head
out for the long passage
. We are very pleased with short hops in the best of weather
. There's a huge difference to the task for those that impose a deadline for their arrival! We typically leave Gloucester for Provencetown and then take the Cape Cod
Canal , Buzzards Bay with a stop at Napatree Beach behind Watch Hill, RI. We take New Jersey
Coast in a couple of hops after anchoring
in Atlantic Highlands south of NYC's East River passage
from Long Island Sound
. From Cape May we're up the Delaware and through the C&D canal to play in the Chesapeake. We always cut through the North Caorolina Sounds (good sailing) bypassing Cape Haterass & Frying Pan Shoals. From there to Florida good inlets are well spaced for offshore
hops or the ICW
in less favorable weather
. We are northbound now on this same casual route
that we've taken now and then since 1972.
As for where to buy the boat, my advice would be to research
the individual boat for your best purchase
. The best gem may be north or south; it may be a Tartan, Pearson, Catalina
or an unknown custom "something", but shop the boat and not the geography, brand or limiting feature.
Oh, and most important of all,- don't fall in love with a boat until it looks good on the survey!