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CS36 vs Morgan 38x vs Pearson 36-2/365 sloop

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My wife & I have narrowed down our search to these 3 models. Hopefully there is someone who has had experience with 2 or all 3 of these.

Use: Liveaboard - Cruising the US/Canada east coast, & Caribbean. 2 mid-50s adults & 2 dogs.

Cons: CS has a shallow bilge, all are early-mid 80s = older & more upkeep, Morgan has the hollow keel section.

Pros: All have a fairly shallow draft for the Bahamas & ICW & are well built.

Thanks for your opinions & experience,
Mike
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Re: CS36 vs Morgan 38x vs Pearson 36-2/365 sloop

It's actually four choices as the 36-2 and the 365 are completely different boats. It's hard to beat a 365 for liveaboard. Nice layout, great tankage, nice galley and a stall shower. It was built from 1976-1983. The 36-2 replaced it.

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Re: CS36 vs Morgan 38x vs Pearson 36-2/365 sloop

Also two CS 36s... the so called 'Traditional' by Ray Wall, and the CS36 Merlin by Tony Castro. Both nice boats, the 36T has a stellar reputation and many have done offshore and extended cruises. SNer Maine Sail has a particularly nice one. We have members with the 36M here as well.. newer, maybe faster, slightly racier looking. We know several owners of each and they are all very happy with.

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Re: CS36 vs Morgan 38x vs Pearson 36-2/365 sloop

Sail, thanks for the link!

Fast, thanks for the info! I was hoping to catch up with Main for his opinions.

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Re: CS36 vs Morgan 38x vs Pearson 36-2/365 sloop

CS 36T's are not without a few faults but having surveyed about thirty of them, I think they may be the best built production boat on the market.

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Baotpoker, What do you find most commonly on the CS builds?
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Re: CS36 vs Morgan 38x vs Pearson 36-2/365 sloop

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.

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Re: CS36 vs Morgan 38x vs Pearson 36-2/365 sloop

eherlihy,
Thanks for your opinion! The CS boats are attractive, with the only negatives being a shallow bilge/ floor rot, & some blistering. The plan is for for S.E. coast / Bahamas to start out. Then longer voyages after the admiral is ready. But if a nice CS is available in the north, plans may have to be modified.
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Baotpoker, What do you find most commonly on the CS builds?
There may be some moist areas in the deck core but usually less than most other brands. they did have a couple of years where they had a problem with gelcoat that blistered but I have never seen any blister deeper than the gelcoat. They did something really stupid with the drain from the propane locker .... they 'T'd it into the cockpit drain hoses. then you will run ito the usual stuff of that era ... solid core copper AC conductors, lack of GFI.s , AC ground and DC negative not bonded. Usually small potatoes compared to their competition. What I like is the grid system that makes it very easy to determine if there have been significant repairs (grounding etc.) and the heavy FRP chainplate knees that never rot or promote corrosion on the plates.

I find that these boats also tend to be a little cleaner (inside) and better maintained because access is also better than most of their competition.

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Re: CS36 vs Morgan 38x vs Pearson 36-2/365 sloop

Boatpoker,
Thanks for the heads-up! It looks like I have another system to learn... I'm glad I started this project early.
Thanks again,
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