Forums General Discussion New to the forum and in the market for a 424

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  • #223773

    Rich Harris

    Thank you for the add to the forum. I’m about 60 days from being able to buy a Pearson 424 or 422. My wife and I have been looking for some time and this is what we feel will fit us best. We were on a 424 a month or so ago and fell in love. It didn’t hurt that Jubilee (hull 100) was in fantastic condition. We’re looking now for a March purchase so if anyone has any leads on a solid boat on the east coast, I’m all ears. We’re on the Chesapeake next to Solomon’s but not averse to travelling to find the right one. I’ve been on Yachtworld almost daily but figured this would be the place to come for sage advice and possible leads on a good deal.
    I’ve sailed off and on all my life and spent my Navy career driving high speed grey boats and want to slow it down.
    Thanks in advance for any advice on what to look for/avoid.


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    Welcome Rich!

    I keep track of the ones I know are for sale, but know of none right now that aren’t on Yachtworld or Craigslist.

    My #1 piece of advice is to find one that has already been repowered (and done well). Other than “hasn’t sunk”, that should be your biggest consideration, IMO. And I’m speaking from experience. I paid a fair price for Revery, but knowing what I know now, I might have passed or offered substantially less.
    Everything else that I’ve dealt with has paled in comparison to our looming repower.

    It’s still a buyer’s market (but prices have been creeping up a bit), so you can afford to take your time and be picky.

    My 2 cents…

    Revery #219

  • #223777

    Ken Page

    Hi Streetgang, My wife and I are presently ending a 4 year cruise
    aboard Painkiller, a 1981 424. We are presently in the leewards now
    headed west to Florida over the next two or three months and are
    “considering” selling. I have done some major overhaul and upgrades to
    hull and machinery most of it documented by pictures and text. If you
    want to converse further please use this address,
    and put Painkiller in the subject box. Most recent photo included, just launched after haul-out Carriacou, Grenada.

    Taking what comes as I get it, using it all as much as I can and trying hard to leave all the shit behind.

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    Ryan Doyle

    Small world

    We recently saw Painkiller anchored a few boats away in Bequia. I was on a bareboat charter with my wife and some friends. As we sailed by we said “that’s a 424!”.

    She’s a beautiful boat in person 🙂

    Ryan and Kathleen
    1983 424 Ketch #206

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    Richard Wilcox

    Hi Rich,
    We are the new owners of Jubilee and had looked for a 424 for awhile. I would warn you from going to look at Half Moon in Brunswick, Georgia. We thought that that was going to be our boat until we flew half way across the country and saw her in person. That’s how we ended up with Jubilee we had a week here on the east coast so decided to drive up to Davis Wharf and check her out, we made an offer on the spot in mid December and ate a third of the way down the ICW to warmer weather. Hope to see you out there! P.S. We saw a nice one in Long Beach, CA but it hadn’t been repowered.
    Rich Wilcox

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      Rich Harris

      You guys got a real gem in Jubilee. She is a beautiful well maintained boat. Worth every penny she was asking. We’re going to bring ours up to the Chesapeake once we close and intend to offer to take the previous owner sailing when we can. She’s a really nice lady and we know she will miss Jubilee.
      Rich Harris

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