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05-01-2014 09:05 PM
JimsCAL
Re: Cal 36 VS Pearson 36

Both the 36 and 365 were Bill Shaw designs. The 36 was a classic 70s era racer-cruiser, similar to the smaller Pearson 30 and 10m of similar vintage. The 365 was an all out cruiser. MUCH slower than the 36 PHRF 204(!) vs 138 for the 36. The Cal 36 is 150 if you're interested.
04-30-2014 08:44 PM
CBinRI
Re: Cal 36 VS Pearson 36

The 36 is different from the 365. The 36 was a Shaw design, I think and he said it was among his favorites. I have a friend who sunk some money into a 36 and did extremely well racing her in PHRF racing. I do remember hearing that there was a problem with the keel dropping on a couple of old Pearson 36s. If you go with the 36, have your surveyor look very carefully at the keel.
04-29-2014 09:46 AM
paul323
Re: Cal 36 VS Pearson 36

My advice would be to look at the equipment. They are both great boats, and the layout to you seems like not too big a deal to you - so think of the boats as a collection of parts. What are the upgrades you would need to add to the Cal to bring it up to the level you would like - both in terms of cost and time. Now do the same calculation for the Pearson. Consider the big ones (standing rigging, engine, sail wardrobe) and medium (pressure system, water heater, autopilot, overall electronics age/condition). If you are like many of us, buying, mooring and maintaining the boat uses up a lot of funds, leaving not much else for upgrades...so sometimes a well-equipped shabby will be a better decision than a well-maintained spartan....
04-29-2014 09:27 AM
appick
Re: Cal 36 VS Pearson 36

I passed up on a Cal 36 I am still kicking myself for 3 years later. It was in Holland MI and the guy selling it wanted out bad (in over his head). The interior was pretty rough, floors replaced with plywood, and everthing was cetol brown... It did still have the functioning and ever curious keel trim tab/ flap!?! The reason I'm kicking myself the asking price was $8k and it went for $5. It was a sound hull and decks, the insides were ugly but solid... ohwell! I like the lay out of both. They both have the table off to the side.

I've seen showers done in much smaller heads than whats on the Cal, it's possible to plum in. I think for me If they are both about equal in condition, the nicer interior materials would be a big plus for the Cal. I'm a suck for asthetics! Sure you can paint the formica and it looks a ton better than the original greenish fake wood grain crap in the Pearsons (That being said I'm looking at a Vanguard). It just still doesn't hold a candle to the beauty of varnished mahagony (besides when its inside it doesn't need constant attention)!

A4s can be great or a pain in the ass, like any other engine. Get familiar with how to clean the carb (idle jets are hugely imporant!). I pull mine and clean/ check it every year before launch (I just want a trouble free summer). Also an electronic ignition kit ups the reliability a ton. Also if you have the common thermostat or lack there of problem check out Indigo Electronic's they have lots of upgrades and accessories for the A4, including a new thermostat set up.

Good luck and happy hunting/deciding.
03-19-2014 07:15 PM
mitiempo
Re: Cal 36 VS Pearson 36

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The 365 did come out in 1976 so maybe there were a couple of the older model also built that year?
There was probably an overlap of models. The 2 are quite different so would appeal to different customers.
03-19-2014 07:11 PM
sailpower
Re: Cal 36 VS Pearson 36

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Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
According to SailboatData the Pearson I showed was last built in 1976. The 365 is a very different boat I agree.

The 365 did come out in 1976 so maybe there were a couple of the older model also built that year?
03-19-2014 06:46 PM
mitiempo
Re: Cal 36 VS Pearson 36

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That Pearson 36 that you show is the model that ended in 1975. You said it was a 1976 Pearson which would make it a 365 which is a great layout and has the stall shower. Most are ketches.

http://web.archive.org/web/200307301...hure/365-6.jpg
According to SailboatData the Pearson I showed was last built in 1976. The 365 is a very different boat I agree.
03-19-2014 04:30 PM
miatapaul
Re: Cal 36 VS Pearson 36

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That Pearson 36 that you show is the model that ended in 1975. You said it was a 1976 Pearson which would make it a 365 which is a great layout and has the stall shower. Most are ketches.

http://web.archive.org/web/200307301...hure/365-6.jpg
It is definitely the older boat.

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03-19-2014 03:18 PM
sailpower
Re: Cal 36 VS Pearson 36

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Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post

And the Pearson


That Pearson 36 that you show is the model that ended in 1975. You said it was a 1976 Pearson which would make it a 365 which is a great layout and has the stall shower. Most are ketches.

http://web.archive.org/web/200307301...hure/365-6.jpg
03-16-2014 07:52 AM
paulk
Re: Cal 36 VS Pearson 36

The Pearson is nicely laid out and has useful stowage (drawers/lockers!) in the forward cabin. I also recall there being more than 6' of headroom in the forward cabin. (It surprised me because the cabin looks like it gets quite low up forward.) The quarterberth and pilot berth are good sea-berths, and the galley and nav station are big enough to be useful and comfortable to work in. The salon table being offset to port makes moving forward & aft simple, without disrupting what may be out on the table (If you're living aboard, stuff will be out on the table.) There seems to be a good amount of freeboard forward, which should help keep her dry. The skeg on the rudder makes threading through lobsterpots or crab buoys less nerve-wracking. Having the helm forward in the cockpit means the dodger protects the helmsman as well as the crew, and makes handing up drinks and communicating with belowdecks easier. It also means a solo helmsman can handle the jibsheets if need be, and the main sheet is right there as well. The Cal is supposed to be a nice boat too, but the Pearson 36 I saw - about 20 years ago- stuck in my mind. You can always paint over the formica or glue real veneer onto the beautifully flat surfaces.
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