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Re: Thoughts on Pearson 37 as first boat...?

Hi denise, ok I am beginning to understand what you mean.

when I asked my original question regarding strength of construction I thinking about the overall integral structure of the boat and in the heady zeal of my newbiness hadn't even though about the different keel/rudder designs. I had 'assumed' it would be strong enough for the size of the boat as a matter of course.

Hmmm... back to the classifieds...!
I think the pearson 37 would be perfect for a first livaboard and some coastal cruising but evidently not built to cross the atlantic and it 'appears' that they were never brought to the UK. Shame.
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Hi denise, ok I am beginning to understand what you mean.

when I asked my original question regarding strength of construction I thinking about the overall integral structure of the boat and in the heady zeal of my newbiness hadn't even though about the different keel/rudder designs. I had 'assumed' it would be strong enough for the size of the boat as a matter of course.

Hmmm... back to the classifieds...!
I think the pearson 37 would be perfect for a first livaboard and some coastal cruising but evidently not built to cross the atlantic and it 'appears' that they were never brought to the UK. Shame.
BTW Bill Shaw designed his boats for specific purposes. Look at the 365/7 and 385/6 for more bluewater-oriented boats in your size range. Should be similar price range, many available on east coast.
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Re: Thoughts on Pearson 37 as first boat...?

I bought a Pearson 37-2 (the "condo model") two years ago. I've generally been very happy with her. She handles beautifully and is as fast as one might expect a cruiser to be. At 23 years old, some of the original equipment is getting a bit tired. I've installed a GPS, an inverter and new alternator to power it, and have gone to a 12v refrigerator rather than the original 120v. The original design was meant to be largely a 120v boat, which requires shorepower or running the generator. My inverter powers the (new) tv, the microwave and even the electric stove.
Below she's quite comfortable, though, fortunately, the previous owner replaced the wall-to-wall carpeting with a teak and holly sole.
In general, though, with some equipment upgrades, I think you'd like this boat.
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Re: Thoughts on Pearson 37 as first boat...?

Hi All,
I've got a 1988 Pearson 37 (37-2) on my short list right now.
I'm trying to find a good independant review of the boat. I have the two volume set of Practical Sailor reviews, but it's focus is on the earlier P37.
This is the most important question I have: "Is there wood coring below the water line?". I'm also interested in any other construction details anyone has.

Thanks much and fair winds,
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Re: Thoughts on Pearson 37 as first boat...?

Curious to know what you have decided. I have owned a P37-2 for ten years and could not ask for a better boat for my needs. In those ten years, I have seen only 3 others and read about a couple more.
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Re: Thoughts on Pearson 37 as first boat...?

Hello,

I have investigated the various different options and much as I love the Pearson37 I am yet to see one in the UK...

So for now I am keeping an eye on the UK classifieds, my personal circumstances have changed somewhat but I now have a goal of April to buy a yacht as my first liveaboard.

My budget will be around £25,000 and buy something in the UK, so a Pearson may well be my second yacht when I have got my yacht masters and can take several weeks off work, fly out to the states and sailing one back! Ahh, what an adventure that will be!
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Re: Thoughts on Pearson 37 as first boat...?

The other options would have been either to hire a professional skipper to help prepare her for the crossing and then oversee the voyage safely or have it shipped on one of those yacht transporter boats either way it would add £5-6000 to the budget needed for the purchase price.
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Yes, we see the service in RI - can't think of their name, moving boats to the BVI. That is an adventure in itself. Found my Pearson in northern Michigan and decided to move her to RI. We cruise for two weeks every July and the rest is weekend activity in Narragansett Bay. We are casually looking for our next boat so maybe by April, Nixie will be available.
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Re: Thoughts on Pearson 37 as first boat...?

Please do send me an email and perhaps I'll be in the position by then to upgrade!

email is: emailme at davidblackhurst.com
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Re: Thoughts on Pearson 37 as first boat...?

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Hello,

I have investigated the various different options and much as I love the Pearson37 I am yet to see one in the UK...

So for now I am keeping an eye on the UK classifieds, my personal circumstances have changed somewhat but I now have a goal of April to buy a yacht as my first liveaboard.

My budget will be around £25,000 and buy something in the UK, so a Pearson may well be my second yacht when I have got my yacht masters and can take several weeks off work, fly out to the states and sailing one back! Ahh, what an adventure that will be!
If I had 25K to spend in England I'd go for a nice Sigma 33.
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