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Re: Pearson 36 hull concavity
On these 'floppy' Pearsons having the lift straps of the travel lift too close towards the keel and not 'out' towards the ends of the boat can induce the same hull compression; thus, momentary resultant buckling.
If you already owned this boat, Id suggest the installation of 1"x1" hat-shaped fiberglass axial stringers along the inside of the hull - mid way to the waterline and parallel to the keel. This is/was commonly done by those who fanatically raced these P's to dampen down the hull flex when 'hard' and aggressive racing; it also served to stiffen the hull for when blocking, etc. (.... but the 'floor' of the damn ice box had to be cut away so to place the stringer 'under' the ice-box).
Bottom line is if you have a 'bad feeling' about this boat ... trust your instincts and walk away - IMO.