Re: Thoughts on Pearson 37 as first boat...?
The 1985-1991 Pearson 36-2, 37, and 38 all share the same hull. They were meant to be well built coastal cruisers, with slightly different interiors.
I believe that the Pearson 37 was introduced in 1988, and was sometimes called the "condo-boat." The interior design was developed with a lot of influence from Pearson dealers, and customers. The boat was designed for a microwave, and has wall to wall carpet installed. The captains chairs are a matter of taste... Personally, I find that this boat exemplifies the line that states; "a camel is a horse designed by committee." Disclaimer: I have never seen one in the flesh.
The Pearson 36-2 is a very nice boat, with not that great engine access. If you could find one, I like the Pearson 38 the best.
In all of these boats the build quality was very good, but the cored decks tended to leak around the stanchion bases (and elsewhere). This one looks particularly good in the pictures.