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The Pearson 36-2 : 1985–1990

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The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

A Sound Cruiser-Racer

Like the axiom says — the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. What is so wholly striking about the Pearson 36 is the size of those parts. The nice thing is that this 36 footer comes in at the performance end of the racer/cruiser spectrum.

For example, take a good look at her interior. At each end is a private, well-ventilated double stateroom where berths are 6'6" long and proportionately wide (not the "dollhouse" doubles you so often see where berths are cramped and there's no room for clothes changing). Separating these Pearson-sized private staterooms is a main cabin whose dinette can seat six, while still permitting unimpeded access to the forward cabin.

Throughout all areas is an unusual amount of out-of-sight stowage for equipment, food, bedding, and clothing.

Certainly not least of those areas where the size fits the need is the 7'6" cockpit. Its uncluttered, curved seating sets new standards for comfort. And unlike the more common T-shaped cockpits, this one gives you a cockpit long enough to sleep in under the stars.

The nice thing is, all this 36-footer comes in at the performance end of the racer/cruiser spectrum.

Go for it!

Pearson 36-2

Pearson 36-2

Pearson 36-2


Current trends in contemporary cruising boats place a strong emphasis on the boat's performance – nearly akin to that of racing designs, combined with ease of handling by a small crew, and accommodations that offer the greatest amount of privacy.
To meld these requirements into a resoundingly successful form, one must call upon a great deal of design and engineering experience. Almost 30 years of building fiberglass boats has brought that kind of experience to Pearson. To show where we've succeeded, one has only to look at other examples on the market today of boats of this type. Many, I'm afraid to say, are a joke. One has only to look at the aft, enclosed stateroom to realize how uncomfortable it would be, even in a quiet harbor, trying to get a restful sleep. Add some motion and hot humid air, and it resembles a medieval torture chamber.
The P-36 evelves from a number of our successful designs. It incorporates features that we believe, and know from experience, produce a sound cruiser/racer. It is a boat that has outstanding steering control, both under sail and power. Its rig is proportioned to give outstanding light-air performance, balanced with simple systems of sail reduction when the breeze builds up.
You have a choice of two underbody configurations, keel and keel centerboarder. Pearson is a company with an immense reservoir of experience in the design and construction of centerboard yachts.
Belowdecks, the arrangement typifies the demands of today's buyer. With two separate (and totally private) staterooms with a head that can be used by either party withou disturbing the other. With a galley that is part of the living accommodations, so that whether you are mixing drinks or making a meal, that person is an integral part of the scene.
And in the main cabin, when it comes time to retire, those who wish to stay up and read or finish another game of backgammon will not disturb those who have turned in.
We took special care in designing the power plant, since it has become more than an auxiliary feature on modern sailboats. It is, in reality, a prime form of power necessary in today's crowded anchorages and marinas where delicate and responsive maneuverability is so important. It must function when called upon. And to function, it must be maintained. You will appreciate the efforts we have gone to, which provide accessibility to the power plant from three sides. Routine maintenance, so often a chore, is now a joy.
An old axiom says that the sum of the parts equals the whole. In this case the sum of the parts not only represents the whole but represents a tremendous amount of enjoyment that I think you will appreciate when you step aboard and "Come Sail With Us" on your new Pearson 36.

Bill Shaw

Pearson 36-2 By The Numbers


LOA (Overall Length) 36.5'
LWL (Waterline Length) 29.6'
Beam 12.3'
Draft 6.5/4.5/4.2-8.3'
Displacement 15,000/15,850 lbs
Ballast 5,800/6,550 lbs
Sail Area 660 sq ft
Mast Height (above D.W.L.)
Cockpit Length 7' 6"
Auxillary Power Diesel
Foretriangle Area 363 sq ft
Mainsail Area 297 sq ft
I – Foretriangle Height 47.1'
J – Foretriangle Base 15.4'
P – Mainsail Hoist 41.0'
E – Mainsail Foot 14.5'

Technical Data

Designer Bill Shaw
Years Built 1985 – 1990
Hull Speed 7.29 kn
SA/D – Sail Area to Displacement 17.4
DLR or D/L – Displacement to Length Ratio 258
BR – Ballast Ratio 39%
L/B – Length to Ballast 2.97
LWL/B – Waterline Length to Ballast 2.41
OR – Overhang Ratio 19%
CSF – Capsize Screening Formula 2.00
MCR – Motion Comfort Ratio 25.7
M/F – Main to Foretriangle Ratio 0.82
PHRF – Performance Handicap Rating 129 (average)

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