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Cal 36 VS Pearson 36

OK I have my eye on a 1969 Cal 36, good condition but very original boat. Then I notice an ad for a 1976 Pearson 36 and I like them, looked at one last year, but sold before I even looked at it. This is for a live aboard, but will be sailing all the time, and hope to do some cruising coastal cruising in the near future.

Pearson sounds to be in slightly worse shape but not a lot
Pearson has Pressure water, and a water heater something I would add to the Cal.
Pearson has propane stove, I want that, and would likely add that to the Cal.
Pearson layout seems to be better for liva-board, mainly due to bigger head.
Pearson is going to have the fake wood all over the place and more synthetic surfaces.
Cal has a tiller and I really like that, Pearson has wheel, and it is forward.
Cal does not look like it has had any upgrades in over 10 years, but good maintenance.
Pearson has auto pilot, and small chart plotter.
PHRF is pretty close for both, though the Pearson seems a bit faster but not enough to bother me. (I am a pretty laid back sailor and have no plans on racing)
I really like the looks of both, and they seem to have similar reputations as far as build quality.

So on the face of it the Cal comes out in condition, but I will want to spend some money on updates and the head is really not set up for a shower. I don't plan on showering on board much but want to be able to if need be. So I think it is kind of a wash. Cal is a 2 day sail away, Pearson 3 or 4.

Assuming neither boat has anything serious show up in survey (such as the milled steel support under the mast on the Cal) is there anything that would sway you one way or the other? Am I missing some that screams "No don't buy that boat they cause warts...." or some other issue.

Both have recently rebuilt A4s, not my ideal, but not a deal breaker.
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Re: Cal 36 VS Pearson 36

Tough choices. The Cal might edge out the Pearson in quality, but it will probably depend on what you find in person. I'm looking forward to hearing what you find out!


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Re: Cal 36 VS Pearson 36

Assuming you like each the same far as layout etc. get the one in the better condition (doesn't matter which was "better" back in the day, just which is better NOW)

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Is the Pearson in NY or near Annapolis?

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Near Annapolis.

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Re: Cal 36 VS Pearson 36

Here are the layouts starting with the Cal




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Depends on both condition and updates I would think. With A4's I wonder what else hasn't been upgraded from original - rigging (over 10 years old?), reefing (roller or slab). And at those ages every pump or mechanical item could need replacing. How about sails?

But at the right price either could be a good buy. With A4's and needing other changes certainly less than 20k, maybe a lot less unless a lot of updating has been done.

I like the Pearson for layout, beamier as well, but as posted Cals have a nicer interior finish.

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Either would be a great choice!

Last year, there was a nicely updated Cal 36 for sale in the Annapolis area with an almost new Vetus diesel in it.
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Re: Cal 36 VS Pearson 36

The Pearson is nicely laid out and has useful stowage (drawers/lockers!) in the forward cabin. I also recall there being more than 6' of headroom in the forward cabin. (It surprised me because the cabin looks like it gets quite low up forward.) The quarterberth and pilot berth are good sea-berths, and the galley and nav station are big enough to be useful and comfortable to work in. The salon table being offset to port makes moving forward & aft simple, without disrupting what may be out on the table (If you're living aboard, stuff will be out on the table.) There seems to be a good amount of freeboard forward, which should help keep her dry. The skeg on the rudder makes threading through lobsterpots or crab buoys less nerve-wracking. Having the helm forward in the cockpit means the dodger protects the helmsman as well as the crew, and makes handing up drinks and communicating with belowdecks easier. It also means a solo helmsman can handle the jibsheets if need be, and the main sheet is right there as well. The Cal is supposed to be a nice boat too, but the Pearson 36 I saw - about 20 years ago- stuck in my mind. You can always paint over the formica or glue real veneer onto the beautifully flat surfaces.
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Re: Cal 36 VS Pearson 36

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That Pearson 36 that you show is the model that ended in 1975. You said it was a 1976 Pearson which would make it a 365 which is a great layout and has the stall shower. Most are ketches.

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That Pearson 36 that you show is the model that ended in 1975. You said it was a 1976 Pearson which would make it a 365 which is a great layout and has the stall shower. Most are ketches.

http://web.archive.org/web/200307301...hure/365-6.jpg
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