Re: Comparing a P36-2/C36/C34
Both Catalina's are great cruising boats - there's not much in it when comparing the two. Tall rigs preferred, esp in light wind regions. The 36s galley wins that battle, otherwise it's down to personal preference as to layout. Virtually no difference on deck -they are so similar the only way to tell the difference is to know the 34 has 3 opening ports vs the 36s two. Agree the MkIIs aesthetically a step up, ESP walk thru.
That said we have a P36-2 in our club and it's a "bigger feeling" boat, looks more powered up and has a totally liveable interior too. Anecdotally I have heard of more issues like leaky ports on the Pearson.
As ever for me it would come down to individual condition, all else being equal. While I really like the Cats in general without any other compelling reasons I'd probably go for the Pearson.
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"