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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.