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SOLD — 1986 Pearson 303

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Shearwater in her slip
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

Our 1986 Pearson 303 sailboat, Shearwater, is officially up for sale has now been sold, and can be viewed in person down at Norton Yachts in Deltaville, Virginia — the same place where we originally purchased her back in 2011.  If you’re interested, please contact the broker, Mike Lynch , toll-free at (888) 720-4306.

Shearwater is a very comfortable sailboat for two adults, though she can sleep at least five adults in berths — or as many as seven people if they’re real comfortable with one another or small/thin in stature.  She has a new air conditioning / heating unit mounted under the forward v-berth, which works beautifully during both the summer and winter months (it operates very much like a heat pump).  The propane range is efficient and can cook full-sized meals, which we have enjoyed many times.  The Air Head composting toilet does not require a holding tank and is completely odor free (we used it for five years in the Chesapeake Bay area and never had any issues with it).  The inboard 16 hp Yanmar diesel is super clean and has always worked flawlessly for us.  She also has a level of craftsmanship and extensive teak woodwork that is rarely seen on new boats today, and looks excellent for a small vessel that was built over three decades ago.

You can read all of our adventures with her here.

Shearwater
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

Specifications and Information:

Boat Name: Shearwater
Hull Type: Fin with rudder on skeg (good for blue water sailing)
Rig Type: Masthead Sloop
LOA: 30 ft 3 in
LWL: 25 ft 4 in
Beam: 10 ft 11 in
Listed SA: 459 ft2
Draft: 4 ft 4 in
Displacement: 10,400 lbs
Ballast: 3,550 lbs
Designer: William Shaw
Builder: Pearson Yachts (USA)
Construction: Fiberglass w/balsa core/solid topsides
Ballast type: Fiberglass-enclosed lead
First Built: 1983
Last Built: 1986

AUXILIARY POWER:
Make: Yanmar
Model: 2GM20(F)
Type: Diesel
Cylin: 2
HP: 16 @ 3,500 RPM

TANKS:
Water: 38 gals
Fuel: 22 gals

RIG AND SAIL:
Jib: 270.68 ft2
Main: 187.92 ft2
Est. Forestay Length: 42 ft 6 in

ACCOMMODATIONS:
Classic interior layout featuring a forward master v-berth, with generous storage and a privacy door.  Next is the large enclosed head/shower compartment, and directly across is a small hanging locker.  The main cabin features settee berths on both sides (the starboard settee slides out to make a double berth), with storage underneath the seats and behind the vertical cushions, and the large bulkhead-mounted fold-down dining table can easily accommodate four adults.  A double-sized quarter berth is behind the navigation station, and the galley is convenient to the companionway.  Access to the inboard diesel engine is good, with the main access underneath the companionway ladder, and additional access behind the navigation station.  The interior is light and airy due to two large overhead hatches and four opening portlights on each side of the cabin, with a teak and holly cabin sole, teak cabinetry throughout, light-colored formica, and cream-tinted fiberglass liner.  Headroom is superb, at over 6 feet in most locations.

GALLEY:
L-shaped galley, with pressurized hot and cold water with stainless-steel sink, two-burner propane stove, and large insulated ice box.

Shearwater
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

Shearwater
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

Included Equipment:

  • Dometic Cruisair STQ10-410A 10,000 BTU air conditioning/heater unit, with v-berth-mounted climate controls
  • West Marine VHF650 radio
  • Raymarine LCD depth and knot meters, mounted in the cockpit
  • Garmin GPSMAP 182 chartplotting receiver and antenna, with BlueChart data card for the Chesapeake Bay
  • Fire alarm and carbon monoxide alarm
  • Nicro solar-powered ventilating fan for the head
  • Nova propane gas control switch
  • Xantrex Truecharge 20+ battery charger
  • New house and engine starter batteries
  • New LED lights throughout the entire cabin
  • New LED running lights
  • New portlight windows and gaskets
  • New overhead hatch gaskets
  • 25 lb Danforth anchor with 8 ft chain, 100′ rode
  • 2 cabin speakers
  • 6 mooring lines for slip use at the marina
  • All new running rigging — April 2017
  • Genoa headsails (110%) w/ bag
  • Battened mainsail
  • Storm jib w/bag
  • New emergency cockpit-mounted hand pump
  • New bilge high-water pump and alarm
  • 4 Lewmar winch handles
  • Air Head composting toilet
  • 2 new fenders
  • New bottom paint and epoxy barrier coating — April 2017
  • 2 inflatable life vests
  • New handheld, smoke, and aerial flares — April 2017
  • Spare Yanmar fuel and oil filters, water filters, belts, and parts
  • Spare hose and clamps of various sizes and lengths
  • Yanmar 2GM20F marine diesel and gear box
  • Edson wheel pedestal, with night-time illuminated compass and teak cockpit table
  • Custom suede leather cover for the steering wheel
  • 4 Lewmar winches — all recently serviced
  • 2 Stern’s floating seat cushions
  • 2 West Marine reclining sun seats
  • 6 lockers full of cleaning supplies, engine parts, repair pieces, navigation tools, safety gear, and other bits and pieces too numerous to list here
  • 200 feet (approximately) of 1/2-inch three-strand nylon line on a spool
  • 2 sets of companionway doors

Shearwater’s stern
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

Shearwater’s stern
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

Shearwater’s cockpit, with the steering column
Central Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Voigtländer Heliar 15/4.5 ASPH III

Shearwater’s cockpit
Central Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Voigtländer Heliar 15/4.5 ASPH III

Shearwater’s cockpit
Central Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Voigtländer Heliar 15/4.5 ASPH III

Cockpit engine controls and shore power receptacle
Central Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Voigtländer Heliar 15/4.5 ASPH III

Shearwater’s cockpit, with the table up
Central Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Voigtländer Heliar 15/4.5 ASPH III

Shearwater’s cockpit, with the table up
Central Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Voigtländer Heliar 15/4.5 ASPH III

The cockpit lazerette open
Central Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Voigtländer Heliar 15/4.5 ASPH III

The list of improvements that have been made to the boat over the past six years is as follows:

Boatyard tasks:

  • Scrape, apply an epoxy barrier coat, and repaint the bottom
  • Install air-conditioning
  • Re-bed the starboard bow chock screws
  • Replace the cutlass bearing on the propeller shaft
  • Polish the diesel fuel
  • Install midships cleats on both sides of the cabin
  • Fix the problem with the engine rapidly flipping in and out of gear
  • Replace the non-functioning head
  • Replace the non-functioning hot water heater
  • Replace the gate valve in the port settee
  • Replace the PVC elbow for the galley sink through-hull with a bronze fitting
  • Install a high-water bilge alarm and pump
  • Replace leaking mast boot
  • Replace the badly corroded propane tank, regulator, and solenoid valve

Our tasks:

  • Replace all incandescent lights with LED lights
  • Disassemble winches and re-grease
  • Replacement running lights and bulbs
  • Replacement of all O-rings throughout boat
  • Inspect all standing and running rigging
  • Check the wiring from the AC panel to the battery charger
  • Check the wiring on the starboard side of the engine
  • Remove noxious head and holding tank
  • Install Air Head composting toilet and exhaust system
  • Anchor, chain, and rode
  • Replace all permanent and transient dock lines
  • Clean stove
  • Replace cabin hatch gaskets
  • Replace portlight gaskets and lenses
  • Clean and repair genoa and mainsail
  • Remove plastic shroud coverings
  • Ship’s log
  • Purchase navigation tools
  • Replace the fire extinguishers
  • Replace the  manual bilge pump in cockpit
  • Install rest of hose clamps
  • Replace both ground fault AC receptacles
  • Purchase smoke and CO2 detectors
  • Purchase a boat toolkit
  • Tie wooden bungs to all the through-hulls on the boat
  • Get rid of all the out-of-date flares
  • Clean out the bird nest in the boom
  • Attach Coast Guard required placards for oil dumping and garbage
  • Attach battery lids and straps
  • Emergency signaling kit

From the dodger
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

Anchor locker
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

Fresh bottom paint
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

Fresh bottom paint
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

New zinc anode and clean prop
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

Main cabin, with the dining table up
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

Main cabin, with the v-berth door open and the dining table down
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

Main cabin, with the v-berth door closed
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

Teak and holly cabin sole
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

The main cabin, looking aft
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

The galley
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

The navigation station
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

V-berth
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

Looking aft, from the end of the v-berth
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

The head
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

The Air Head composting toilet
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

Air conditioner / heater under the v-berth
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

Climate controls for the AC
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

Complete tool and parts inventory
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

The house batteries, with the inverter just behind them
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

Electronics panel
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

The Yanmar diesel
Central Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Voigtländer Heliar 15/4.5 ASPH III

Shearwater’s dry bilge
Central Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Voigtländer Heliar 15/4.5 ASPH III

Original owner’s manual for the boat
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

Full documentation for all the systems
Ridge, Maryland (April 2017)
Sony a6300 + Sony 10-18mm/4.0 ASPH

9 thoughts on “SOLD — 1986 Pearson 303

  1. Cynthia Guenther Richardson

    Gorgeous–you and yours must have had some wonderful adventures on this boat! I took a tour through the waters around San Juan islands one spring with a sister and brother-in-law on their small yacht and that was one of the best trips! It was a gift that stays with me.

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  3. David

    Must be tough in selling her. I can tell you’ve taken good care of her, and have had very good times. I’ve seen boats with less years that are in terrible shape. Much success in finding the right buyer and someone dedicated as you and your wife have been. 🙂

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Very tough. We began getting mentally prepped for it several years ago, but each time we made moves to put her on the market, we relented and kept her for another season. Truly, it was like having a small custom condo right on the water! She will be dearly missed. 🙂

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  4. Mitch Zeissler Post author

    To all that commented, Shearwater has now been sold. We wish the new owners good luck with her, as she is a fine boat and will give you many wonderful experiences and memories. Please take good care of her.

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