I am looking at buying a 1967 Pearson Electra, like the one pictured below:
The Pearson Electra is the pre-courser to the Pearson Ensign. The share the same hull, but the cockpit, cabin, and rig is different with the Electra being the "weekender" style. The Ensign weighs 3,000lbs, and the Electra is a bit heavier, though I'm not sure by how much.
They have fairly long overhangs, with the LWL being 16.8' (5.7' shorter than the LOA), and a transom bracket for an outboard engine. No getting away with a short-shaft on this boat, even a little pitching will pull the prop out of the water, and I need to pass through a body of water known for it's short, steep waves.
The boat I'm looking at is on the Atlantic side of Key Largo, FL, while I live in Bradenton (the bottom of Tampa Bay, where it meets the Gulf of Mexico and the Manatee River). I'll have to pass under the Card Sound Bridge, cross Florida Bay (the afore-mentioned rough body of water), and continue up the coast to Bradenton. A few hundred mile journey, half of it through the shallow maze that is the 10,000 Islands of Florida Bay.
The other option is to head further SW to Key West, then strike out across the Gulf of Mexico for a more direct, deep water route home. It would require covering a lot more distance, but with much less chance of getting lost.
During the summer, there is no reliable wind away from the mainland
. I'll have to motor just about the entire trip- hence my concern for finding the right size engine for this boat.