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Re: Pearson 33-2 Wing Keel or Pearson 34 Centerboard
33-2 rates 147 in New England. PHRF New England - Handicapping - Base Handicaps
I have a C&C 35 that draws 6.5. I don't do a lot of cruising, but Knapps Narrows and Kent Island are out of the question. Swan Creek is out at low tide.
C&C, Pearson and Tartan are all great boats (I have nothing against Catalina), but the most important thing is the condition of the individual boat. Find a model or 2 you like, then look for a good one. In general the C&C will outperform the Pearsons (except for the Landfall which is a cruising model with a 35 footer's rig in a 38 foot boat).