1979 Pearson 424


YACHT DETAILS: 1979 Pearson 424








Deltaville, VA
$69,000 USD
42 ft
13 ft











PAPAYA is a solid example of the popular Pearson 424, in the Sloop configuration for short-handed sailing ease and efficiency. This is a very popular cruising boat with good fuel and water capacity, good sailing performance, ICW capability, offshore capability, and a strong reputation in the liveaboard community.

Papaya is very well kept with many desirable features and many recent upgrades, including: new electronics, new autopilot, new radar, great ground tackle, new propane system, bow thruster, rewired mast, LED nav and cabin lighting, heat/AC, DC refrigerator/freezer, propane cabin heater, dinghy davits, serviceable cruising sails including a fully battened main and a 150% furling genoa, and an asymmetrical chute in a sock. She is just back from a winter spent between Cape Cod and Key West and is ready to go again. The licensed captain owner reports her to be a comfortable boat at sea that delivers a good turn of speed and excellent reaching performance, with a dry comfortable cockpit big enough to sleep in.

Down below the layout is great for one or two couples or a couple with kids. There are two separate double cabins, two heads, a standup dedicated shower stall, and two companionways, one to the cockpit and one to the deck. The large salon table seats 6 comfortably and the large cockpit table makes dining in the cockpit a nice choice in pleasant weather.

This boat has a 75 hp turbocharged Yanmar diesel engine that was installed in 2006 and has less than 1,600 hours, with regular maintenance and a lot of love from the knowledgeable owner. She is driven by a nearly new 19” feathering stainless Autostream prop. She motors comfortably at 6.5 knots at 2500 rpm and will reach 8 knots when needed. It also has a Vetus Bow Thruster for those tricky docking situations.


The cockpit is a wraparound arrangement comfortable for both sailing and lolling. High seat-backs provide good support and a large coaming keeps water on deck from entering the cockpit. The cockpit has a lot of hatches: two lockers port and starboard for sails or docking gear, a lazarette aft with more stowage, and a stove fuel locker for bottled gas (in this case LP gas) that is vented overboard for safety. Down the aft main companionway a double berth lies to port with plenty of lockers for storage. To starboard is the chart table with a swing out seat, which stows away when not in use. Below the companionway steps is the engine compartment. To starboard and forward is a head with a standup shower stall, toilet and sink basin. Forward to port is the U-shaped galley area with a large single sink, ample storage above the countertop, and LP stove / oven and an ice box with built in refrigeration with freezer. From the galley forward is the main salon with a dinette with seating to port and starboard, and more storage lockers on each side. A V berth lies forward, with a hanging locker and head to starboard, and a wash basin to port. All bare fiberglass is covered with teak and her cabin sole is teak and holly.

  • 1559 hours, 4/4/22 Racor fuel filters changed
  • 1450 hours, 2/21/22 oil and filter change
  • 1073 hours, 4/15/2021 primary and secondary fuel filters changed, raw water pump impellor changed, transmission and V-drive oils changed
  •  I50/I60 Instrument Pack  (Speed/temp; Depth; Wind speed and direction (360 and close-haul displays)
  • Evolution 200 autopilot with below decks linear drive (drive unit replaced 2021)
  • P70S control head and wireless remote for autopilot
  • Icom VHF with ram mic.
  • 30 amp shore power
  • 120 volt panel
  • 12 volt panel
  • 80 amp Alternator
  • 100 watt Renogy flexible solar panel with controller (2019)
  • Cruisair AC/Heat
  • 1 4-D lead acid Batteries, 4 – group 24 house batteries
  • True Charge 40 Xantrex charger
  • 400 watt tru-sine wave inverter
  • Vetus Bow thruster
  • Mast rewired with new LED tricolor light and new radio antenna in 2020 
  • Rocna Anchor 130’ of HT chain and 150’ of rode
  • Bruce Anchor 25 ‘ of stainless chain and 200’ of rode
  • Lofrans Tigres electric anchor windlass
  • Autostream stainless steel feathering prop (19”) new 2020
  • Replaced all propane hoses, regulator, sniffer, and safety switch in 2020 (all lines are single run from propane locker to appliance)
  • Propane tanks recertified 2019
  • Old 19” fixed blade bronze prop saved for spare
  • Cutlass bearing replaced 2020
  • Salt water washdown
  • Newer Bimini and dodger
  • Edson Dinghy Davits
  • Mast and rigging replaced 2006
  • Mast and rigging professionally inspected and tuned July 2021 by Kingman Marine. (no problems found)
  • Boat hauled new zincs and bottom painted July 2021
  • Diver cleaned bottom, inspected, and replaced zincs in March 2022
  • Fully battened mainsail
  • 135% Genoa on Profurl furler
  • Light air reacher
  • Sails serviced 2021 and in good shape
  • All new stainless steel ports 2006
  • All hatches replaced 2006
  • Racor dual fuel filters
  • Life jackets
  • Docklines
  • Boat hook
  • Fenders
  • Sail covers
  • Shaft line cutters
  • Teak cockpit table
  • 2004 Yanmar 75 hp turbocharged diesel
  • 2006 new fuel tank, lines, and dual Racors with vacuum gauge
  • 80 Gal. fuel tank with gauge
  • 165 Gal of water in 3 tanks
  • Cockpit shower (hot/cold)
  • Stern ladder
  • Dinghy
  • Outboard motor
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    The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

    Jon and Anne Hutchings
    YaZu Yachting
    Deltaville, VA 23043

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