Re: Pearson 36
I had a Pearson 36 for 5 years. Raced and cruised it extensively. A wonderful boat. It had a custom tall rig due to light airs here in Puget sound. Was boat of the year in PHRF racing and carried an "X" rating due to the tall mast.We raced the boat on 15 Swiftsure races to the open ocean.
Two can handle it easily for cruising. With modern sails it could outpoint most boats of the era. Even today it can outperform its PHRF handicap with good sails. You should note it has a very thick lifting foil keel. No problem backing. Only slightly larger turning radius than a spade rudder boat.
Carried a spinnaker well but did broach a few times in 25-35 kts. I sold the boat some time ago. The current owner did needed work such as: rebonding all the bulkheads, new sails, roller furling, new Kubota 25 engine, new fuel tank, new through hull valves and hoses. He also rewired the AC and DC systems. All these things were needed due to the age and wear factors. The original gel coat (turquoise) has held up well.
Check that the boat has a really good anti siphon loop for the engine as it is below the water line. Get rid of any old umbrella style exhaust muffler(an engine killer).
The interior finish is really low maintenance....if you like. The formica material can be enhanced with an oil polish such as "Liquid Gold"
Best of luck