The Pearson 424 offers genuine cruising accommodations with two spacious staterooms and generous storage throughout. The guest stateroom is just as appealing as the owner’s stateroom, including a place to wash up. A unique feature is the double companionways below- one from the cockpit into the owner’s cabin & nav. center, the second, amidships, leads into the main salon. The layout makes her the perfect choice for a cruising family or couple and their guests. The cockpit is spacious and secure. This boat is fast, yet easy to sail and displays well Pearson’s quality and integrity. "Half Moon" has undergone extensive renovations, including having the mizzen removed and the boom extended providing valuable additional cockpit sapce while actually improving sailing performance. The changed sail plan from a ketch to a cutter rig was approved by Bill Shaw, the designer. She is a solid and beautiful bluewater cruiser that has been extremely well-equipped by knowledgable owners who lived aboard. She is ready to go anywhere!
The spacious forward guest stateroomfeatures a large V-berth with filler cushion, storage below, shelves outboard, and overhead hatch. Also there’s a dressing table with stainless steel wash basin, a seat, hanging locker, bureau, and two opening ports.
The main salon is traditional, comfortable, and inviting. It has a teak & holly sole, opposing settees (they convert to 6’6” berths), louvered lockers and bookshelves outboard and storage behind seat backs of both. There is a large, centerline teak drop-leaf table encompassing the keel-stepped mast. There’s good light and ventilation with two overhead screened hatches and five opening ports. Starboard aft is a hanging locker and the midships companionwayhatch & stairs.
Opposite to port is the U-shaped galley that features lockers and drawers for everything, plenty of counter space, and an opening hatch overhead (more details below). Starboard aft of the companionway stairs is the enclosed headthat’s actually two rooms. The separate shower stall features a seat with a built-in soak tub underneath. The vanity has a stainless steel sink and lockers outboard and below.
Continuing aft is the owner’s stateroom with privacy door, plush double berth with generous stowage above and below. The nav. station is to starboard with a swing-out seat, chart table and shelf storage. Aft is a large hanging locker and the companionway hatch & stairs to the cockpit. Replaced the headliner, and replaced the settee fabric with a solid green color fabric that wears well.
The boat was put on the hard in 1996 for a rebuilding project that lasted five (5) years. Bottom peeled and dried for 1 year then West System applied (2 layers of Biaxial applied over bottom and 4 layers over flat areas of hull). All side & deck gel coat cracks were drilled out, filled with epoxy and then painted with Awl Grip.
Side stanchions were removed and mounts rebuilt with 1/2" layer of fiberglass. Lifelines were added and all 316 SS stanchions were mounted with 316 SS backing plates. The standard single lifelines were replaced with doubles.
The cockpit is spacious and functional, with sail lockers port and starboard, propane locker with outboard drain, winch alcoves, and a lazarette aft. Excellent visibility from the wheel, wide walkways for easy access forward, full-length bulwarks for extra security.
During the rebuilding project, the mizzen mast was removed and backstays added to improve sailing performance. The mainsail boom was extended and a staysail added. In addition, a new SS mast step replaced the existing ones.
Yanmar - 2009
350 hours ( used two winter seasons in the Caribbean)
Fuel: 80 g. - Alum.
Fresh Water: 170 g. (3 FRP tanks)
Holding: 18 g. - HDPE
300 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516