My opinion of the CS 36T vs the Pearson 36-2;
The Pearson is a roomier boat down below. The main cabin of the Pearson seems huge, and the separate aft cabin is nice, but the drop down salon table is clunky. The Pearson was available with a fin, wing or centerboard keel. Each of these have pluses and minuses. I like that the Pearson drive line is simple, but the engine location (under the galley sink) could be better.
The CS seemed to have less room, but the interior was very well though out, and very well built. The engine is mounted to a V drive, and has good access to the side, and what would normally be the rear, but it was not great to get at the belts, or change an impeller. (I have been aboard the CS, not owned one. Someone who has owned one may feel differently about the engine access.)
For coastal cruising if choosing between these two, all other things being equal, I would probably go for the Pearson. If going to Bermuda, I would definitely choose the CS.