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  1. Pearson 10 Meter

    So does it sound totally different in reverse on most boats with the A-4 gear box?
  2. Pearson 10 Meter

    Thanks, good point. If I actually consider buying it, I'll have the owner motor us out to the bay.
  3. Pearson 10 Meter

    Yeah, I do the sailboatdata thing almost daily with this boat and many others. I know how much better the Pearson could be than the Bristol as far as speed (and pointing) but I don't race much anymore. I raced for maybe 15 years on the Florida Gulf Coast with four different Beach Cats (Hobie 16 (2), Nacra 6.0, Nacra Inter/F-17) usually most every weekend for 9-10 months/year. The last one was for singlehanders and it had a spinnaker. It got quite interesting buoy racing approaching and rounding the downwind mark in traffic As far as depth, it's fine right here where the boat is docked but I usually sail to Kiptopeke then up the bay a ways (on one side or the other) and usually sail in one creek or the other to anchor overnight. It's very shallow. I plan to sail up Occohannock Creek next trip North and I think it's 4.5' over the bar I grew up on the Eastern Shore so I know how shallow it can be. We fished both the bayside and seaside quite extensively back in the day on old/ancient power boats with no radios and iffy engines I've run aground quite a few times with the 4' draft on this Bristol sailing back passed where the channel markers are in a couple creeks. I even hit the shoal off Kiptopeke (Latimer Shoal) once trying to cross it on low tide. I'd hate to run aground with a bolt on keel Also, I can usually manhandle this small Bristol if I get in trouble either in heavy weather or from running aground. And as far as running off in 30 mph winds, I was headed downwind to Kiptopeke from Onancock anyway. it's just that the wind got up a bit more that expected/forecast from the front that passed overnight, and I had to hand steer because the autopilot couldn't keep up Then there's the wheel. I've never owner a sailboat with a wheel. All have had tillers. I'll keep an eye on the Pearson though (it's at my marina) and continue thinking over buying it. I sort of wish it wasn't at my marina where I see it most every day
  4. East Coast version of a Moore 24

    There's a Merit 25 in/near Hampton, VA for around $2.,000 that I think may still be for sail. It was on craigslist (may be off now) but I have the phone number of the owner if you want it.
  5. Pearson 10 Meter

    Yeah, looks like I'd be trading one old boat for another old boat that needs quite a few things like autopilot, a good anchor or 2, instruments repaired or upgraded, and a bottom job. Plus all the running rigging is dirty etc The Pearson 10M would definitely be more efficient and faster but my old Bristol may be better for the sailing I do these days. Also, I single hand most of the time and the bay and it's tributaries can get quite shallow. The Bristol 27 draws 4' , the Pearson close to 6'. On top of that, the wind can jump up quickly to 20-25 knots and the Bristol doesn't seem to mind that. I'm sure the Pearson would do fine as well but would be quite the handful for a singlehander. I got caught in 30 mph winds a few years ago and just had to run downwind for a few hours. (one reef in the main and 100% jib or so unfurled) No way would the Bristol point into that kind of breeze in the bay with it's closely spaced and steep waves.
  6. Pearson 10 Meter

    Thanks for that info. That's good to know. I'm really not used to having an engine on a sailboat having raced 15 years on Beach Cats. (4) This includes multiple distance races of 30-100 miles. I do like this boat though and since I'm an old guy that grew up with the old engines it should workout well!
  7. Pearson 10 Meter

    When I was looking the boat over, I had the owner open the engine compartment then start the engine. There was almost no gas smell which surprised me and the engine was very clean with new looking plugs. It was cold to the touch and started immediately. (the ventilation fan also worked which he turned on before starting) The young man that owns it now is military and will soon leave the area. The PO was "an old guy" that raced it in Hampton for years. The boat needs TLC but appears to be pretty solid which good sails.
  8. Pearson 10 Meter

    So how about the tiller cover etc? Is it hard to hook up the tiller? This boat has a wheel. I've never sailed a boat with a wheel and I'm going to need to buy an autopilot ................random thoughts
  9. Pearson 10 Meter

    Thanks. Sounds good! I've been trying to learn cruising with the Bristol 27, after racing Beach Cats on the Gulf Coast for 15 years, (My boats were Hobie 16 (2), Nacra 6.0, and Nacra F-17 w/Spinnaker) But it's a quite different brand of sailing after racing for so long I'm hoping this boat will be the right fit.
  10. Pearson 10 Meter

    Thanks, I'll check it out.
  11. Pearson 10 Meter

    The keel is totally encapsulated right and not bolted on?
  12. Pearson 10 Meter

    Okay. Thanks.
  13. Pearson 10 Meter

    What does single skin hull mean? (not cored?) I have a Bristol 27 now so how do the hulls compare? My 4 boats before that were all beach cats I raced on the gulf coast for many years. Hobie 16 (2), Nacra 6.0, and Nacra F-17 all cored I believe
  14. Pearson 10 Meter

    I'm looking for any information on this boat I can get. I've check it's PHRF and sailboatdata, but there isn't a whole lot more available. How was it constructed? What are the problems most folks see? How does it sail, etc? How about the Atomic engine? Thanks, Tom