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Pearson 365
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Description: Pearson 365
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Mon April 21, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My boat is Ketch rigged from the factory. She seems to sail well, although not a fast boat, and handles all of the rough weather we have encountered. What a great cruising design and we plan to sail her to the Caribbean soon. We are fairly experience sailors, having cruised to Intercoastal twice in much smaller boats, and really enjoy her large interior. I am looking forward to other owners stepping forward and telling me their experiences and modifications they have made to their vessels. We are doing a complete refurbish in anticipation of our upcoming cruise.
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Review Date: Thu July 2, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I think I'm like a lot of 365 owners who get frustrated with the maintenace aspect but wouldn't give there but for anything but a bigger one. The engine is tucked backwards at a level below the lazzerettes making most maintenance and even checking the oil a pain.

But when it comes to sailing I couldn't be happier. The boat came with a full set of sails including storm sails and a spinnaker. The day after I purchased it we left Tampa and headed back to Corpus Christy with a repair detour to the tip of Lousiana for parts. During this trip we had nice sails, 4 storms and motored with no wind for two days.

I get a lot of negative feedback but I feel the ketch rig gives me more options to meet weather conditions. At times in blue water I wish it had a full keel but when in a busy harbor that doesnt seem so important.
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Review Date: Tue October 20, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The design is very sea kindly. She has a nice gentle motion at sea. The rig is short enough for 1 or 2 people to easily handle. The boat is rigged very heavily for her size and displacement. The forestay and backstay are 3/8. Inside the boat has great accomodations for living on board or extended cruising. The head is probably the best one I have seen for a boat this size. The shower stall has a seat and 6'3'' headroom. The galley features a 3 burner stove and a very large (I have calculated about 12.5 cu. ft.)fridge. The boat requires a good #1 genoa in light winds. We struggled with a poor 135% genoa and it made the boat unenjoyable to sail in 10 kts. of wind or less. We replaced the 135 with a new 150 UK tape drive and it made all the difference. In winds of 25 to 30 she performs well and is very stiff. The boat could use a little more sail area. On the ketch, you at least have the option of a mizzen staysail to help. This sail is about 200 sq.ft. I have added an inner forestay(very easy to do on this boat)of 1/4" wire with Stalock fittings. The additional staysail also helps the boat go to weather in light airs better. Overall, the construction of the boat is very good, handles well under sail and power has great tankage (150 water, 50 fuel) And is very roomy and bright.

We recently completed the Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race and were very pleased with the boats performance offshore. She handled the light air well and the heavier stuff with equal aplomb. "Rocinante" placed second in class E and first in the Shorthanded class. This proves that an older, heavier boat can compete in a race of this type.
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Review Date: Sun April 25, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Buying another persons version of what a boat should have on it is difficult at best. But, I have an open mind as to what and why the past owner over the many years he and his equally aging wife did to the boat. Sure I will have to upgrade some electronics and spend many hours sitting where they did to understand the functionality of this and that. I do have the main reason I wanted this boat. It is already done. She sails well and is a large 36 footer if you will.
I have to boast on the oversised rigging, sta-loc fittings throughout and the aids to underhanded sailing. The fact that they did these things to the boat is what makes me feel confident in her ability to do open ocean sailing. While day sailing others aboard feel more comfortable with the selftailing and might I point out oversized winches. The split rig is a benefit and a berdon at the same time. The ketch rig on a boat this size is in the way. i.e. the mizzen is directly between the main coskpit winches. Making is somewhat difficult to jet acorss the cockpit in a tack. The mizzin boom is in many cases just over my head (I'm 6'2")but hey, its cruising. The benifit is the fact that I can shorten sail and keep the boat balanced. Sail combinations from a sailors point of view are many more than just a sloop.
The 4'6" deepth is a major bonus in as much as I can get to many more places in Florida and points beyond.
Fair winds on Mariah...
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Review Date: Sun March 26, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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ketch rig, perkins/westerbeke 50hp deisel,
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Review Date: Fri June 2, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I concur with the other reviews on this page about the venerable '365. Mine is a 75, my Dad has an 81, my brother an '82, and my Godfather has another one of unrecalled vintage! I've lived aboard Serena for 18 years, and sailed her all over the Caribbean (dodging and hiding from numerous hurricanes, sometimes unsuccesfully!), amazing those who said she's not a bluewater boat. She is factory ketch rigged, which has not proven to be a problem; raise the mizzen gooseneck a foot or so, and put lazy jacks or a stackpack on the mizzen to make it easier to handle. The standing rigging, as previously noted, is very strong, but should be standardized to 1/4" wire for uppers & lowers. I agree with the suggestion to add a staysail stay and removable runners, which seems overkill and makes tacking the genoa a pain, but is invaluable in heavy air; otherwise, you'll get lee helm if you try a hankerchief on the forestay. The construction is excellent, and although some units had more thrubolts in the hull-deck joint than others, I've never heard of a leak there. The Bomar deck hatches are on good flanges, but were sheet metal screwed in, and thrubolting with backup plates is a good retrofit, but expect some leaking here. A couple of 365s almost sunk because the deepest part of the keel which will hit first in a grounding is a "sump" behind the ballast. This is cured by putting a "shoe" on this part of the keel, and/or partially filling the sump w/ epoxy (or concrete, I've heard). The engine is of adequate power w/ a 3 blade prop, but the original factory Paragon gear is a loser (parts virtually impossible to find), and a retrofit to another gear (Hurth or B-W)is painful because of the critical V-drive geometry, but it can be done. The Walters V-Drive is pretty reliable, and parts readily available. As noted in other surveys, engine maintenance requires advanced yoga training. I have actually found it easier to remove the engine than attempt major repair in the boat; this job is not as bad as initially imagined (grunt the block with comealongs into the companionway, and lift with the main boom). The original fuel tank was steel, and will eventually go out; Bill Shaw regretfully acknowledges that the tank was placed in the hull BEFORE the deck was added, so this replacement requires removing the engine, sawing out the old tank in pieces, and putting in a substantially reduced capacity (about 38 gals max). Fiberglass water tanks have structurally been fine, but the internal baffles need watching. Performance wise, I have little to add; Serena is so loaded up that my displacement is a lot higher than most, but her motion in a seaway is excellent, and I do not miss a full keel. Here in the V.I., a 120 percent is all I need in the trades, and we're frequently reefed as well; this boat comes into its own in 20 to 25, very stiff. She is not strong in light air and needs a lot of sail area. A spinnaker is an excellent addition. About 40 degrees off the wind is the best to be expected close hauled. While weather helm is controllable by adjusting sail configuration, an autohelm 3000 is not adequate in following seas for this displacement and you'll need more oomph; steering gear access is excellent. I hope this helps; as you might discern, I LOVE THIS BOAT!! Steve Russell
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svPrimeTime
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Registered: January 2001
Location: Pensacola, FL
Posts: 5
Review Date: Mon June 3, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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One of the strongest built boats I've experienced. Yankee know-how!
Well equipped for cruising with recent additions (since 1998) help make this boat more seaworthy and fun to use. Have removed vulnerable wooden anchor platform and replaced with quarter inch stainless platform with heavy duty rollers.

Equipped with SGC SSB/HAM radio, SGC auto antenna tuner, Standard Horizon series 50 wind/speed&depth instruments,Furuno radar, Garmin GPS, Sea Tiger 555 anchor windlass and more. Located Bayou Chico, Pensacola, FL

Email or call for additional particulars.

Asking $54,400.

(850) 455-1169
email svPrimeTime@aol.com
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Registered: August 2008
Posts: 111
Review Date: Sat November 5, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
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She carried us in safety and comfort on a 4,000 mile round trip cruise to the Caribbean. You can't find a more stoutly built, comfortable and updated boat for the money.

Video of Sabbatical sailing offshore starts at 0:27
http://www.cruisingsabbatical.com/20...l-in-cuba.html


Asking $36,900
Located in Huntington, NY

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http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1976.../United-States

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Chad Gleason
s/v Sabbatical Pearson 365 Hull #32
http://www.cruisingsabbatical.com
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