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post #7 of Old 03-02-2016
R.Williams
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Re: Singlehanding Pearson 35 Centerboard

I'm a bit late for this discussion but I feel I have to weigh-in with my two cents. I've been sailing a 1976 Pearson 35 on the Chesapeake for about 10 years now and, in my humble opinion, there are fewer boats better suited to the Bay. The 3ft 9in draft is perfect for "gunkholing",(That's what we do on the Chesapeake!) her large-ish sail plan allows her to perform pretty darn well in light airs (She is always competative in the "beer can races" at the club) and with her heavier than average displacement, full keel and narrow entry, she plows right through the "Chesapeake Chop" one encounters in a 20+ kt sustained. (Even with her rail in the water she's stable as a rock!) As far as interior design... I'd live on her full time except that I couldn't afford the divorce. For the "Old Bay"... You could do a lot worse than a P35...and a lot of skippers have!
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