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Old 03-02-2004
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Pearson 36 Cutter

Can anybody out there discuss this boat, similarly to Jeff H.''s recent essay on the Bristol Channel Cutter, etc. Jack of Whoosh, I seem to remember that you may be familiar with this boat design? There appears to be a nice one for sale in Charleston S.C. on Yachtworld. I''m really curious about sailing qualities in light air, as found in the summer in the south, as well as how the layout works. (The boat in question has the quarter berth option.)

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Tom, I''m not a good person to ask about this particular Pearson as I probably lost objectivity some time back. I think it''s a great boat and the only downsides I can describe are the forward cabin that isn''''s just a V-berth and was one reason we withdrew an offer on a P365 some years ago (but the berth is nicely sized), the undersized (IMO) sailing hardware that was offered as original equipment (which has likely been discarded by now), and - regretably and central to your question - its slower speed in light winds (I know what you mean about Charleston Harbor).

I corresponded for some time with an owner of this model that sailed the keel off it up in the Great Lakes, and I was always impressed as we would discuss conditions, circumstances (small kids, wife with her hands full, he needing to handle the boat) and how the boat performed. Now that''s a long way from having first hand experience but, when I''ve been aboard P36C''s, I think they are as close to ideal as possible in layout, cockpit, rig and general concept of what a good cruising boat should be at 35''-36'' LOA (assuming you make that inner stay removeable and then park it adjacent to a forward lower in lighter winds). You don''t say if you''re looking for a good cruising boat...but if you''re wanting a boat that you can grow into over time (meaning: as your ambitions change, the boat won''t need to be swapped out...or if the family arrives...or if you''ll need a summer home somewhere) this would be a good choice.

By 1982, Pearson had learned there was such a thing as LPG for the stove and you''ll probably have a dedicated locker for the tank(s). It will be slow by contemporary standards (weight and a long extended fin full of wetted surface), it lacks a semi-balanced rudder and so it will tell you with building weather helm when you should have already reefed, and like any 1982 boat it will need attention. But it is stiff and comfortable, good to weather in a lump, will accept a full load-out for a lengthy family vacation (or offshore run) willingly and without complaint, and it''s a very, very functional layout with that Q''berth (something I didn''t realize they offered).

Buy it. Then email me when you''re ready to sell, OK?

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Jack, thank you for that information. I guess it is safe to assume you aren''t objective because you also like the P36C?
Looking at a layout drawing it seems to have amazing storage capacity, and it is also pretty! (to me, anyway, I like the lines)

I will have to get out to look at this boat in person, although I still fear it could be very slow in light air. Anyone else have experience with the P36C?

Fair winds,
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