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Re: Comparing a P36-2/C36/C34
Just back from a weekend, had a closer outside look at the P36-2... and thought I'd pass on the following.. The cockpit is 'tighter' and less spacious that the Cats but more ergonomically shaped, and would probably be more comfortable on a long trip as long as you didn't have 6 on board, and it won't seat as many at happy hour raftups if that's part of your plan. She has a longer cabin trunk (one reason for the shorter cockpit) so may in fact feel more spacious below, but it's hard to beat the C36s interior plan, esp the second dinette when families are involved.
The other thing that popped out was the Pearson has a much nicer double spreader tapered spar as opposed to the Catalina's single spreader rig, and the P's rig looked about a foot or two taller than our son's standard rigged C36 that was moored nearby.
Aesthetically I did think the P's cabin house a bit angular but overall she looks a handsome boat. You probably should take that look for a full comparison.
And also Aesthetically, a post 89 Catalina will have the more modern ports and windows layout, a significant improvement over the original, and the MKIIs in both models add a much sleeker appearance and more beam aft for improvements in space below, stability, and cockpit layout/walkthrough. There's a definite cost factor in going to a MKII though...
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