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dvuyxx 07-27-2009 12:29 AM

Singlehanding Pearson 35 Centerboard
 
What do people think of the Pearson 35 Centerboard (1970) as a singlehanded boat? This would be on the Chesapeake Bay. Would you suggest any modifications?

Jeff_H 07-27-2009 08:51 AM

The Pearson 35's were an older CCA era design. They sail pretty will for a boat of that era, but would be a mixed bag for cruising the Chesapeake Bay. Their shallow draft with the board up would allow them to get into many of the shallower anchorages, creeks and rivers. They were reasonably well constructed. They are typically pretty cheap to buy. And that is the good news.

On the other hand, they are not very good light air boats, and not very good in a chop, two very common conditions on the Bay. They do not have much ventilation. They have the interior space of a typical 30 or so footer from a later era.

In terms of being a good single-hander, with a few modifications such as running halyards and reef lines back to the cockpit, almost any 35 foot boat can be single-handed. But when you talk about how suitable a boat is to single-handing, ease of handling becomes a lot more critrical. When I think of ideal single-handers, in an ideal worldI would suggest that you would not want a rig that depends heavily on large overlapping headsails as these are hard to tack and require a sail change to safely deal with heavy conditions. What ends up happening is that single-handers try to get by with smaller headsails made with heavier fabric that can be roller-furlered on these boats and so give up light air performance. With a boat like the Pearson 35 that has such poor light air performance on the Chesapeake Bay, you are either carrying a light air genoa, which is hard to tack and requires making sail changes or else giving up a lot of sailing days.

Jeff

dvuyxx 07-27-2009 09:27 PM

Thanks Jeff. Extremely helpful. I've been enamoured with the P-35/CB primarily because of the shoal draft, but I'm certainly not settled on it. Are there any shoal draft, 30-35 ft, light-air, family coastal cruisers, well-built, wheel-convertable, single-hand-able, pretty, reasonably priced, used sailboats that you recommend? Tall order?

doubleeboy 07-27-2009 10:14 PM

I won't comment on the well-built part, I have no personal experience. I have met a number of people who single hand Catalina 38 and love them. They have done the west coast to Hawaii races numerous times. Lots of people cruise them with family too. They are reasonably priced and I am pretty sure they made a shoal draft keel version. There is an active C38 bulletin board where a wealth of information on them is shared.

michael

oops, I just got the 30-35 foot part. Anyhow C38 is a pretty popular boat

dvuyxx 07-28-2009 10:17 PM

I've been looking for a min draft (either fixed keel or swing/centerboard) of 4'. Seems like a magic number for gunkholing around Chesapeake rivers and inlets ... but I'd like to hear others opinions.

mitiempo 07-28-2009 11:19 PM

Regardless of the boat, singlehanding depends a bit on your experience and a lot on how the gear is set up. By running halyards and reefing lines aft to clutches and then a winch on the cabintop it's a lot easier. For the jib rig a downhaul by leading a light line through a small block at the tack and thread it through the hanks to the head. Sheeted in drop and pull down with the downhaul and it should fall inside of the lifelines. If you have furling it's easier. Lazyjacks to contain the main are helpful too. If the boat is larger the sails are heavier but the winches are bigger as well. Main difference on a larger boat is to think ahead.
Brian

R.Williams 03-02-2016 08:52 AM

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!

sonosail 03-02-2016 05:05 PM

Re: Singlehanding Pearson 35 Centerboard
 
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Originally Posted by dvuyxx (Post 509379)
I've been looking for a min draft (either fixed keel or swing/centerboard) of 4'. Seems like a magic number for gunkholing around Chesapeake rivers and inlets ... but I'd like to hear others opinions.


PEARSON 35 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com

Pretty sure this model was only available as a keel-centerboarder.
But If you find out otherwise, I'd like to know about it. I like to keep these records as accurate as possible.

rb
sailboatdata.com

seaner97 03-05-2016 07:44 PM

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Originally Posted by dvuyxx (Post 509379)
I've been looking for a min draft (either fixed keel or swing/centerboard) of 4'. Seems like a magic number for gunkholing around Chesapeake rivers and inlets ... but I'd like to hear others opinions.


PEARSON 35 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com

Pretty sure this model was only available as a keel-centerboarder.
But If you find out otherwise, I'd like to know about it. I like to keep these records as accurate as possible.

rb
sailboatdata.com

To the best of the knowledge I've researched, there were none that rolled out of the Pearson factory in any config other than K/CB, unless someone was confusing the prior Alberg 35 that the Shaw designed P35 replaced. I'd love to hear otherwise.

Stu Jackson 03-05-2016 09:30 PM

Re: Singlehanding Pearson 35 Centerboard
 
We have lots of wing keel models of our boat on the Chesapeake.

Here are some single handing concepts for you to consider:

Single Handing 101 single handing

Single Handing 101.1 Midship Cleats Pictures Midship cleat PHOTOS / Flix

Single Handing 101.2 HOPPING OFF THE BOAT IS UNNECESSARY
single handing


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