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Cruising performance, comfort, ease of handling, and quality.
The new Pearson 38 is a performance cruiser, which combines the best features of several other Pearson models. The objective was to produce a boat that could comfortably accommodate two couples in their own private staterooms in a length that could easily be handled by just two people.
To accomplish this we designed the Pearson 38 with ample beam, a long waterline, generous freeboard and an easily handled rig. Draft was kept to 4’9" by using our proven wing keel design, which also tends to dampen the boat’s motion in a seaway.
The double spreader rig and recessed inboard genoa tracks permit closer sheeting angles resulting in better windward performance. The fully battened mainsail provides better sail shape in light air and makes furling a lot easier than conventional mainsails. The roller furling headsail with padded luff makes dousing the jib a snap and allows you to reef it without causing undue strain on the sailcoth. All the sail control lines are led aft to the cockpit for safety and convenience. No need to go forward to raise sails, put in a reef, or adjust halyard tension.
The large cockpit has several modern amenities that makes cruising more enjoyable; comfortable backrests, contoured seating, an on-deck ice box, even a hot and cold shower at the walkthrough transom. Now you can rinse off after swimming without going below dripping salt water. The transom itself has a built-in swim platform, which makes boarding a dinghy convenient and safe. It also has a comfortable boarding ladder that’s easy on bare feet. Other key deck features include custom anchor roller, midship chocks and cleats, sturdy teak toe rails, and of course, a foredeck anchor well.
Below deck, instead of conventional V berths forward there’s a real double bed which is easier to make-up, more comfortable to sleep in, and just plain cozier. It also has an area underneath with generous sized drawers.
In the main salon there’s a centerline table which seats a crowd with its leaves extended and folds down to create extra space when not in use. If you need to sleep a third couple, the dinette area can be quickly converted to a double berth. To port, the settee berth doubles as a seat for the aft facing chart table which is surrounded by plenty of space for built-in electronics. Just aft of the chart table is an extra wet locker and bank or drawers suitable for navigational accessories and other small items.
The galley is to starboard – convenient to the companionway but out of the traffic pattern. It includes double sinks, a huge icebox, propane stove with oven, and plenty of stowage. The engine is located under the sinks and is easily accessed from all four sides.
The owner’s stateroom is aft of the galley and its large double berth extends under the cockpit. An overhead hatch and two opening ports into the cockpit assure plenty of light and ventilation. A large hanging locker with built-in shelves provides plenty of space for personal gear.
Opposite the aft stateroom is the roomy head compartment with attractive vanity, mirrors and enclosed hamper bag. The shower curtain keeps the vanity area from getting wet and since it’s only on one side it doesn’t cling to you. A hinged cover prevents the toilet from getting wet and since shiny formica surfaces on the bulkheads and door shed water like a fiberglass enclosure.
Overall, the new Pearson 38 is a boat that satisfies the requirements of the sailor who wants cruising performance, comfort, ease of handling, and quality. We’re convinced the Pearson 38 meets all of these criteria and also includes another important ingredient…value. Come sail with us!