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Seller’s Comments: There are lots of Pearson 424’s on the market in the $60,000 to $85,000 price range. A conscientious buyer would do well to inspect as many of them as possible before considering Silverheels. Then review the information presented here. If you don't see the additional value in this boat - or if you just prefer working on boats rather than cruising them - then by all means buy the cheaper boat. That's what I originally did, and I kind of enjoyed those 4 years in the boat yard and the ±7,500 man-hours I've put into renovating & outfitting this good old ketch (at the probable net pay rate of minus 6¢ an hour). Nor do I regret a penny of the additional $100,000 I’ve put into the boat since originally buying her “for a great price” 10 years ago. That's because when I add up my real time value, even at a very modest $20/hour, plus materials, I actually got to go cruising on a $300,000 Pearson 424!
Seriously, if you want to rebuild a boat and you have unlimited time & money to put into her, buy the "cheap" one. But if you want to go cruising… There is only one Silverheels and she only needs one appreciative new owner. Thanks for looking.
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Tor Pinney, author of “Ready for Sea! ~ How to Outfit the Modern Cruising Sailboat” (Sheridan House)
PS: New Electronics Package: Because some of Silverheels' electronics are old, she is being offered for sale with $5,000-worth of brand new electronics of your choosing - at Port Supply prices! - compliments of the seller.
PPS: I'm not open to "offers." Silverheels is a rare find and a great deal for a sailor knowledgeable enough to appreciate what she is. Thank you or your consideration.