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Pearson 35
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Description: Pearson 35
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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Wed September 17, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Pearson 35 Sloop, 1975 model. Very good shoal draft centerboard sloop. Sail the Chesapeake Bay (when she is in running order). I've been working on remodeling and re-powering her for the past fall and this winter. Thanks for all the responses to my inquiries the past months. Many things remain to be done: Select instruments for engine controls and rebuild instrument panel; rebuild electrical panel and add upgraded running lights and several other items just to name a few. A major item will be to rebuild the engine bed & mounts when the new Yanmar (hopefully) is finally available.
Any responses to these or any other projects will be greatly appreciated. Does any one know of a chat group on the Pearson 35? Lets try to get something going on this fine boat. Looking forward to hearing from owners and their projects.























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Review Date: Wed September 23, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Very satisfied with this boat. Its strengths are its beauty, its comfort, especially in the cockpit, its shallow draft with board up, permitting gunkholing, and its comfortable sailing characteristics. This is not a good boat to weather, nor is it a good boat in light air. It is quite narrow by modern standards so its interior will disappoint those seeking lots of space. With the right sail plan, the boat will get you home in any situation. Have talked to many owners and there are not many "look out for" flaws in the boat. Recommended for someone interested in cruising comfortably in a beautiful, classic looking boat. The boat will have a good turn of speed off the wind.
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Review Date: Sat November 7, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A solid well designed boat capable of coastal cruising. It has a very spacious cockpit. The 10 foot beam is narrow by todays standards but offers a very comfortable ride in a sea. Upwind performance is limited. Performace improves greatly on a reach. In light air we use the 'iron sail'.
Interior space is very adequate for a couple on an extended cruise or for four people on a weekend outing.
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Review Date: Thu July 8, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is a very well built coastal cruiser with great comfort for a couple alone, or with up to 2 kids. The front stateroom is considerable for a boat this size and will be well appreciated by cruising couple. Likewise, the cockpit and sail lockers are huge.

With a narrow beam, and long overhangs, the P-35 behaves extremely well in heavy weather. The full keel and centerboard give her great stability but at a slight penalty in windward performance. On a reach she is very nimble and fast. We have sailed our P-35 in winds over 30 kts and high seas on Lake Michigan without fear.

The boom on the P-35 is long be today's standards (roller furling not widely used when the boat was designed so builders opted for larger mainsails and smaller, easier to fold, jibs). When buying a new mainsail, consider having 3 reef points put in (we did and find it a great asset for maintaining sail in heavy winds).

The P-35 has classic lines which will turn heads at the marina or yacht club. The strong construction means that many P-35's will still be sailing after many of the newer, lighter, production sailboats have been sent to the salvager.
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Review Date: Fri January 7, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I purchased this boat last fall (1999) after searching for many months and looking at a number of boats of this size and price range. The P-35 seemed to be one of the best built and designed boats. Between myself and the surveyor, we listed about 70 projects that needed to be accomplished. All of the projects are small and many are neglected maintenence items, e.g. cleaning, replacing hoses, rebeding hardware, leaking portlights, etc. The total material cost of these projects should not exceed $3,000. She was the only boat I found without moisture in the balsa decks.

She had a new main and I will be adding a new 135% RF(Profurl) genoa and dodger. The engine is a Westerbeke W-30, which seems to be in decent shape with the exception a slight oil leak. As I have been working on the boat I have been impressed with the construction and relatively convienent access to the "project areas"...I have not run into any real roadblocks yet. I owned a 28' Sammuri (wooden) sailboat for 11 seasons and the projects on this boat seem simple in comparison.

We had two short sails this past fall, one of which was a beam reach in 15-18 knots of wind. She handled well and moved along at a good rate even though we were dragging an inflatable half full of water. The previous owner had sailed the boat in Maine and had added a prop cage, which while it may protect the prop from lobster pot lines, was ladened with growth and I am sure interfered with the performance; the removal of this item was the first project. I am looking forward to sailing her next summer in the middle New England waters.
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Review Date: Fri August 29, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Web Page: www.pearson35.com

Bought the Pearson in Feb of 2000. Made many upgrades and reworked the Westerbeke 30hp Engine. Sails great. Have pictures of all projects. Sail mostly on the ICW on the East Coast of Florida.
Indialantic, Florida
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