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What are your thoughts on which is the better boat; Pearsons 365, Pearson 385 or the Ericson 38-200? Year of boats 85''-89''. Useage, coastal crusing and Mexico. Thanks for any and all help. Roy
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Roy, these are pretty different boats IMO and therefore tough to line up side by side. You''ll pay a lot less for the 365 than the 385, so it''s comparing apples with oranges a bit.

The 365 will have a broader waterplane, shallower keel, probably be ketch rigged (or sloop rigged without the mizzen and even more underpowered), have wide sheeting angles and be a poor performer to wind when coming home from Mexico, but in general be a good value purchase for that kind of cruising. My impression of the 385 is that it offers more room below than the 2'' suggests, has a more refined underbody and better rig, has construction of similar quality and the same spacious cockpit, and will probably look newer as it was made 7-10 years later than the 365''s you''ll find.

BTW a friend took his 365 sloop to Mexico from San Pedro a few years ago and had a grand trip in her lasting some months. He trucked it back home due to work restraints but also cruised it thru-out the Channel Is. for several years and, altogether, had nothing but praise for the boat re: strength, comfort and value.

I''m unfamiliar with the Ericson 38 but, in general, find Ericson construction very different from the Pearsons built under Bill Shaw - SoCal light air boats vs. traditional RI builders where weight was a ''good thing'' - which relied on smaller mains and bigger gennys, more open layouts with fewer useable storage compartments and lots more use of liners, more slippery and far better to windward. A very different animal than the Shaw-designed 365/385.

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jack, thanks for your insight, it is very appreciated. Roy
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" SoCal light air boats vs. traditional RI builders
where weight was a ''good thing'' "


you don't know ericson yachts very well.....
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My best friend and sailing buddy of 40 years bought a new 365 back in '79 and kept it until he retired a couple of years ago - great boat, we put thousands of bluewater miles under the keel of Skimmer including several Galveston to Isla Mujeres races - solid, go anywhere boat. It's superior to Eriksons and cheaper than the 385 -what more could you ask.
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Good point. But that doesn't make the 365 any less the best choice - unless someone wants to continue the thread by arguing that ;-)
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Probably not as good a choice as a Bristol 29.9 though John! :
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Probably not as good a choice as a Bristol 29.9 though John! :
Good point. I love both boats, but the 29.9 is much easier for my wife and I to handle and has all the space below and is built to go anywhere we choose to go.
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