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Pearson 385 info

I am interested in more info, mainly a review, on the Pearson 385. I have been googling the net for 3 days and can't find a mention of them. It's like they dropped off the radar.
Is there any info out there on them?

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From www.pearsoninfo.net

Designer Shaw Main Area 258 Hull Speed 7.34
First Year 1984 For Tri 357 SA/D 13.0
Last Year 1986 I 43.3 D/L 340
LOA 38.3 J 16.5 BR 47%
LWL 30.0 P 35.6 L/B 3.30
Beam 11.6 E 14.5 LWL /B 2.59
Disp 20,575 Eng D OR 22%
Draft 5.5 Fuel 45 CSF 1.70
Sail Area 612 Water 170 MCR 37.1
Ballast 9,675 Mast Height 48.0 M/F 0.72

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Thanks for the info and reply. I found most of these specs googling around. I haven't seen a review.... mostly construction, sailing attributes, problems and that sort of stuff.

Thanks again... Bill
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There is a book iirc "Characteristics of Offshore Boats" that reviews this boat in detail.
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Thanks, Pigslo for the info. Best tip I have had so far. Any ideas where I might look to find it.

Thanks Bill...
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1) Check out this site if you haven't already: http://www.p385.com/ It has email links to a bunch of current owners, who probably will be the best source of info on the boat.

2) Post this question on the Pearson email list here on Sailnet. There are several 385 owners who hang out there.

To my eye, it's one of the best looking center cockpit boats you'll find under 40 feet. Tons of room below as well. A good friend in my sailing club has owned one for years and he loves the boat. He is listed in the owners on the above link. His boat name is Irish Blessing, so email him in particular for info. He has taken the boat to NE several times, among other trips.

Disclosure -- I have owned 2 Pearsons. Currently own a P-33-2.

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I have that book and the analysis of the pluses and minuses of the Pearson 385 was a good illustration. Despite some general reservations about Pearsons as offshore-capable designs, I'd still hitch a ride on one given its conservative-for-today design elements.

Now, the Pearson 39 and the 434 (?) are a little weird-looking CC boats...if I have the model numbers right, they look very boxy, sort of like a Tanzer 29 on steroids.
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Thanks Sailor Mitch. I heard you were the Pearson guru, but couldn't email you as I didn't have 10 posts yet. Your reply sounds mostly positive. I will query some of the 385 owners. We sold a Tayana V42 in Sept. with the thought of downsizing a little and the plan of the 385 looks almost identical to the V42. We sailed the V42 from Puget Sound off shore to Souther Cal and it will be hard to beat the comfort of that boat. But it's a bit much for us to handle and I'm thinking a 38 would be ok...
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Thanks Valiente for your reply. I checked with Barnes and Noble, but they couldn't spot the book. Not enough info. Do you have the title, author, Book?, Magazine? so I can take a look at one.

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Believe they're talking about this book here.

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Thanks Valiente for your reply. I checked with Barnes and Noble, but they couldn't spot the book. Not enough info. Do you have the title, author, Book?, Magazine? so I can take a look at one.

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