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Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Boston / Ft Myers Area
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I have sailed both the mid-late '80s CAL 39 and the Pearson 36-2 for multi-day charters. The CAL is a bigger boat, but IMHO the usable interior volume of the Pearson 36-2 is probably the same. I like the drop leaf table and forward facing nav station better in the CAL better, but those are minor nits.
How many people are typically going to be on this boat?
If I were looking at a boat for 2 people, I would look for a Pearson 38. This is the same boat as a Pearson 36, but has the interior appointments that I like. (Despite the name, it is only a 36.5' boat.)
If I were looking for a boat for 3, or more, the CAL 39 / Pearson 39 would be more attractive.