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Old 10-16-2007, 05:43 AM   #1
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Hello...I've been looking recently at the Pearson 424. I saw an example recently in Australia and know they're a North American boat. They look the goods in terms of a stable cruising platform. Does anybody have experience of them as a cruising yacht?
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Hello...I've been looking recently at the Pearson 424. I saw an example recently in Australia and know they're a North American boat. They look the goods in terms of a stable cruising platform. Does anybody have experience of them as a cruising yacht?
Like this sloop ? Or the Ketch version ?

with bilge keels ?

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Richard....ketch or cutter sloop would be fine. I was not aware of the bilge keels. I thought they would have a more standard arrangement. Do they all have bilge keels, or do some have a more conventional keel?
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Hi tel,

To answer the question/s, need to know what Pearson 424 you have in mind ?

Each one produces a different set of answers . Sloops sail differently to Ketches - Bilge keelers can be beached , go into shallower waters, don't track as well as full keels.
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To answer the question/s, need to know what Pearson 424 you have in mind ?

Each one produces a different set of answers . Sloops sail differently to Ketches - Bilge keelers can be beached , go into shallower waters, don't track as well as full keels.
Richard....I've sailed cutters and sloops most of my life, including some fairly serious offshore work. So I guess a cutter is the preference. I've never sailed a ketch (or sailed on one for that matter). I think there is a pearson 424 in the cutter configuration. I'm not wild about the idea of bilge keels. The one we saw in Australia looked like it would fall into the category of "solid and dependable" which has some attraction to me and my wife. So I would appreciate any knowledge you have about how they perform in general, and whether they are as solid and dependable for a couple as they look. Cheers....tel
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Hi Tel,

Have a look at the 424 owners website :- http://www.pearson424.org/index.php

It should provide a different perspective to that given by brokers and builders.

Keep well, keep researching.

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