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Pearson 35, 1970, Dallas, Texas, $6,300, Back on market 8/8/13 at $4,900, SOLD 8/30/13

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Pearson 35, 1970

After numerous inquiries and the unattractive option of donating my beloved Vagabond, I have decide to put her back on the market at a firm $4900. Vagabond is something of a "project boat". Most importantly, the hull, deck, rigging and engine are all very sound. In 2011, I completely replaced the hull-to-deck joint with 125+ stainless steel bolts, washers and nuts. This was a major undertaking (6 months of effort), but it is finished and will never need to be re-done. (If you are looking at older boats, be sure to inspect the hull-to-deck joint!)

Vagabond is in above average condition for her age and really in excellent condition below decks. Topsides are definitely serviceable, but should be painted in my opinion. She is the only known factory tiller Pearson 35 in existence. Her swing keel only draws 3' 9" so she is ideal for Gulf and island cruising. Her cockpit is absolutely huge - almost 11 feet long. Check out the web site for lots of detailed info on this classic cruiser.

The engine is a 1989 Vetus M4.14 (Mitsubishi) four cylinder 33 HP diesel and was installed as a new engine upgrade by the previous owner, who was a well known and able sailor in the Miami area. The engine only has 1,452 hours on it, which is a huge plus because most of these older boats you see have either Atomic 4 gas engines or worn-out diesels that need to be re-powered - not this one.

The previous owner had the hull professionally repainted in 2006 and it is a superb job with plenty of shine left.

The Pearson factory used wood as a cushion between the mast compression post plate and the bilge and it had rotted (a common issue with the P35), so we replaced it with a custom milled 6061 aluminum block.

All parts and components are included - you will have to put the items I took off back on her: the teak grab and toe rails, as well as the stanchions and bow/stern pulpit. Some interior painting has been done to the lockers and interior below and that will need to be finished. The engine will need fresh oil, etc. as it has not been run in a year, but it is guaranteed to run and to run well.

Sails are good to fair. The genoa is set-up for roller furling and a used but functional Harken roller furling unit is included. Some new sail covers are included. Also included is new and unused stainless steel standing rigging for the mast. (These new items are worth about $2,500 total). I would recommend replacing the original cushions which are included but are pretty dated (unless you like retro blue plaid!). Cash Price: $4,900 FIRM

If you are new to sailing, or you can barely afford to pay $4,900 then this not your boat. If you are an experienced sailor and have some extra funds to spend on Vagabond (I estimate $2K to $5K to put her in excellent blue water-ready condition) and have some time to do work on a boat then Vagabond would be a wonderful and sound choice for your next adventure. (I would estimate a market value of $8K for Vagabond and a replacement value well above $200K)


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