I think a lot of this snobbishness derives from the fact that everyone has their own idea of what a sailing yacht should look like. Personally I think the ones with the 2 rows of windows have their own aesthetic.
And the bottom line is, if you like the boat, who cares.
I'm not really qualified to say if any of them are 'unsafe'. It would, of course, depend on what type of sailing you wanted to do, and how far you wanted to go.
A legitimate compaint is that many of these boats were based on the designs of people who were never compensated for their work. The fact that this was somewhat common during this period doesn't justify the practice.
All this being said, I wasn't aware that the particular model you have was molded by Pearson. Are you sure about that? If it is, I would like to add this as a footnote to this particular record.
Best of luck with your boat.
It is now over two years since I bought a 1976 Buccaneer 325. I have sailed
Dunwerkin in all kinds of weather and find her to be a very stable and safe
boat. I have had her hard over on heel in 25+ knots and have never felt
uncomfortable or in any danger. I see posts here and there quoting "a surveyor"
who claims these boats are unsafe. That is total BS. There are some Buccs that
I feel that way about (I won't say which ones - I don't want to offend anyone.
But just look at the boat's "pedigree". The 325 was finished by Bayliner, but
the hull is designed by William Garden (no slouch at boat design) and built by
Pearson (no junk there). Compare the hull form of the 325 to the Morgan IO 41,
the most successful hull design over 40' ever! It's a 3/4 scale near duplicate.
Sure, she's not all that fast. She's not built as a racer. A deeper keel would
help her point upwind better, but I can find may beautiful and secluded
anchorages that a 7' draft would not allow. Down wind she'll keep up with
anyone. Show me another 32.5 footer with the interior room and comfort. Sorry.
Doesn't exist. Full cockpit enclosure allows warn sailing in freesing cold
weather and shaded cooler sailing when the sun is beating down incessantly on
those rare Puget Sound days when it gets just plain HOT! Best Sailor? No. Best
motorer? No. Best combination? You bet!!