The 530 was meant to be, and is, a performance cruising yacht. A gentle, forgiving, easy to handle boat that, quite frankly, fools you. She makes it easy to forget that she weighs over 21 tons!
I can't think of a single good reason why a big, roomy cruising boat with all the comforts of home should sail like a house. Just because that boat has a generator, air conditioning, wet bar, queen size bed, three separate stereo systems, two heads with showers, and enough room to play hide 'n seek is no reason at all for the boat to be irresponsive or dull to sail. Done properly she should be nimble, quick and a delight on all angles of sail. Sort of like a limousine with sports car handling.
That's just what we think we wound up with in the new Pearson 530. We wanted to build a high performance, cruising sailboat. A boat designed for the cruising sailor. A boat where main and mizzen are independently rigged, as they should be in a serious offshore yacht. She's a boat for someone who is prepared to do some real passagemaking, or a boat for the discriminating person who has achieved that point in life when he or she can spend extra hours afloat and chooses to do so in real splendor.
The 530 will appeal to the sailor who loves to see the bow of a powerful boat shoulder aside the sea, while going upwind with a minimum amount of leeway. She will appeal to the sailor who appreciates what an extra few knots mean over a long passage. And, with her optional double-head rig and its self-tending staysail, she will appeal strongly to the couple who wants a boat this size without live-aboard help.
The 530 was meant to be, and is, a performance cruising yacht. A gentle, forgiving, easy to handle boat that, quite frankly, fools you. She makes it easy to forget that she weights over 21 tons!
My guess is that if you've come far enough to be considering a boat like the 530, you know precisely what your looking for and precisely what I'm trying to say. It boils down to this. If you like a boat that sails powerfully, you'd like the 530.
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