Re: Thoughts on Pearson 37 as first boat...?
I bought a Pearson 37-2 (the "condo model") two years ago. I've generally been very happy with her. She handles beautifully and is as fast as one might expect a cruiser to be. At 23 years old, some of the original equipment is getting a bit tired. I've installed a GPS, an inverter and new alternator to power it, and have gone to a 12v refrigerator rather than the original 120v. The original design was meant to be largely a 120v boat, which requires shorepower or running the generator. My inverter powers the (new) tv, the microwave and even the electric stove.
Below she's quite comfortable, though, fortunately, the previous owner replaced the wall-to-wall carpeting with a teak and holly sole.
In general, though, with some equipment upgrades, I think you'd like this boat.