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Thanks the web site looks really good.

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I have one of these, hull 45.

Though it's not a light air machine, it's a good sailing boat in anything above 5 knots or so. Give it 10 or more, and it'll keep up with most any displacement boat with a similar waterline.

It handles well in a blow. The forward wheel is odd at first, but it works well there. I actually had to cut out the rotten core from the cockpit sole and have that built up again, so when I had a fresh cockpit sole with no holes, I experimented with moving the pedestal aft. But the boat is so narrow at the aft end of the cockpit that it doesn't really work there. And it's not bad where it is if you have an autopilot, or when you are sailing and sitting on the rail holding the wheel. When not sailing and hand steering, I use the autopilot exclusively, and tend to sit facing forward at the aft end of the cockpit to keep watch.

I've made and filled a lot of holes. The hull is certainly solid. The decks are cored w/ balsa, and carry the normal risks there. We repowered the boat, did a bunch of primary electrical work, replaced the plumbing, replaced some through-hulls, etc.

If you want pictures and some of the projects I've done to help you figure out what you might be getting into, that info is up on a little website. There's also an incomplete owners list there; maybe someone in your area owns one and would take you for a sail.

I can't post a link, but if you point your browser to

pearson36.net

You should find that site.

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I have a '79 365 ketch and we love it. The mizzen mast is a bit of a pain to walk around but otherwise it's a nice roomy cockpit with great storage. Ours sails very well and if done right can be pretty speedy.
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I have a '79 365 ketch and we love it. The mizzen mast is a bit of a pain to walk around but otherwise it's a nice roomy cockpit with great storage. Ours sails very well and if done right can be pretty speedy.
Completely different boat. The designer & builder are the same but any similarity ends there.

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Completely different boat. The designer & builder are the same but any similarity ends there.
different but also quite nice, if I could find one in my price range (not set yet, but looking to be under 30,000) I would snatch it but likely to need a lot of work.
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If I'm remembering them correctly, the P36 is a nice boat for sailing. Where the P365 is targeted a little more towards the folks who might want to squeeze a very small billiards table in the salon. Nice, just targeted to different purposes.

In port or living aboard, wide spaces are nice. At sea in rough wx, wide spaces just mean a better chance of getting thrown further and landing harder with less to grab onto.

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Re: Pearson 36

And then there's the Pearson 36-2, a deep draft (6'6") fin keeler that was one of the last Pearson models in production and said to sail great. I can't vouch for the sailing characteristics, but the cabin has excellent space/design for cruising.

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And then there's the Pearson 36-2, a deep draft (6'6") fin keeler that was one of the last Pearson models in production and said to sail great. I can't vouch for the sailing characteristics, but the cabin has excellent space/design for cruising.
Yea, it is my understanding that the 36-2 and 37-2 (aka the condo boat with built in TV and Microwave) and the 38 (added sugar scoop) are all based on the same Hull. I do like the idea layout of the 36-2 but have not seen one in person. I am kind of going crazy now, as I am getting revved up for the purchase. I just bought a house and am getting the family moved into that and I get to move out as soon as they are settled. Long story, but looks like May is when I want to be able to splash.
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The 36-2 is a BIG boat... good cockpit, roomy decent layout..another VERY different boat from the P36. We have one in our club, quite like it.

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The 36-2 is a BIG boat... good cockpit, roomy decent layout..another VERY different boat from the P36. We have one in our club, quite like it.
I agree Faster. We've looked at 2 separate 36-2's recently and think they'd make an excellent cruiser for our growing family. I'm tempted...

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I agree Faster. We've looked at 2 separate 36-2's recently and think they'd make an excellent cruiser for our growing family. I'm tempted...
I would be tempted, but we just closed on a house last week so funds are limited. I want out on the water, and think this looks to be a good boat.
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