Why We Sail a Pearson 367
About once a month I see, on one of the sailing discussion groups, the question, "I am thinking about buying a sailboat, what is the right boat for me?" This is then followed by pages of point, counter point on why this boat or that boat is the prefect boat for that person. More often than not the writer is talking about his or her boat. I am now convinced that what ever boat you own is the right boat for you. However, I could not let it be... So I decided to let everyone know why we sail the boat we do.
When it came time to buy a larger boat, I put together a list of 24 "Desirable Characteristics of our next sailboat" and began the search. This page is dedicated to that list and how Sea Dragon is a "HIT" or "MISS" on each point.
The characteristics are in no particular order. However one of the most important characteristics I wanted in our next boat was for it to have "Classic Lines". Only I understood what this meant but I knew it, when I saw it. I found the look I wanted mostly in boats built/designed before the mid 1980's. I quickly came to the conclusion that I would be upgrading many of the systems on board any boat I bought and removed all accessories from my list.
Below is the list that lead us to Sea Dragon our 1981 Pearson 36 Cutter.
– 42 LOA --
This was some what subjective, but it seamed that boats in this range
HIT accommodate our family of four (4) comfortably for several days or another
family for a day sail. Yet small enough to single hand on the weekends and
evenings when I needed have sometime on the water.
Lines -- This was purely a
personal preference and hard to define. It was important for
Big HIT me to have a smile on my face as I saw her swinging on an anchor in a crowded
anchorage. The features included a nice overhang, not too straight of a bow, the
the right beam to length ratio, NO integrated swim platform, and just enough teak trim to give
her a "Classic Boat" look.
or Modified Full Keel -- We were looking for a
cruising boat and stability was more important
MISS than speed. While the ketch & sloop have modified full keel the cutter has
has deep fin keel.
kindly boat -- Once again a little subjective but I
did not wanted a boat "bobbed" like a cork in choppy waters. The
HIT only measure I had for this was the Motion Comfort Ratio (MCR) and I looked for boats with an MCR in
the mid 30's.
hull, rig, and construction -- It was important to
have boat that could take licking and keep on ticking.
HIT Pearson has a nice reputation for building sturdy, no-frills boats and the 365's
reputation as an well built, bullet proof boat was unquestioned.
to heavy Displacement -- This is defined by most as a
boat with a Displacement / Waterline (D/L)
HIT greater than 250. At 293 the Pearson 365/367 was a nice choice.
Steering -- Once again just a personal preference
Rigged -- While I love the classic look of a ketch or
yawl, my sailing preference is for the cutter rig.
HIT Once again a personal preference.
Stepped Mast -- While there is some argument over
this point, I think most will agree that a keel stepped mast makes for
HIT for sturdier rig configuration.
Diesel 30+ horsepower
-- I wanted a boat with enough power to maneuver in strong current and
HIT high winds. The 40HP Westerbeke with a three (3) bladed prop makes
provides more than enough power and control in when fighting strong head
winds and/or currents. Yet the big red beast cruises at 5.5 knots and only burns
1/2 gallon of diesel per hour.
-- This was very important feature to the Admiral, as she does
not like the idea of the traditional
HIT head/shower combo. This proved to be one of the hardest features to find in boats in our
size range. Once again the Pearson 365/367 interior was a perfect match for our needs.
-- Once again we saw several boats with multi-heads and I just do not get it.
Storage and living space is
HIT more important to us than another head to maintain.
Saloon suitable for
sea berths -- This meant a folding table in the
saloon and long straight settees at least 6' 4" long.
HIT While I have dreams of sailing around the world, this most likely will not happen in
this boat. Each year we make, maybe, 2-4 over night trips in which sea berths are
required. However, it is not uncommon for us to rig the sea berth(s) for day sailing to allow
crew and guests to nap, read, or play electronic games more comfortably.
Bulwarks with scuppers
-- Bulwarks to provide solid footing while working on deck during a variety of
HIT and the scuppers to move water off the deck in heavy rain or when taking green water
over the deck.
-- Locate aft provides a stable area for preparing food while allowing the chef
to be part of activities
HIT either in the main saloon or in the cockpit.
Large Ice box (12 cubic feet)
-- A box large enough to hold food and drink for four for several days.
Full Navigation Station
-- A large navstation is must for reviewing and housing the necessary electronics.
MISS 365/367 has a nice size Navstation, the angle (facing starboard) combined with the
high bar stool style seat make the station uncomfortable to use while under sail in large
seas. The forward facing NavStation option solved this problem but very few boats
were configured with this option.
Dual bow anchor storage
-- A sturdy dual anchor platform makes it possible to carry the necessary ground
HIT/MISS While Sea Dragon does have the a nice looking anchor platform it could/should be beefer.
The addition of a sturdy bobstay maybe all that is needed to make the P365/367 bowsprit
fully functional anchor storage platform.
Ample storage in the main cabin
-- There never seems to be enough storage on any boat but Sea Dragon has massive
HIT compartments behind the settees, above them, under/around the NavStation and
in the galley. Plus hanging lockers and more storage compartments in the forward
cabin as well as under the V-berth.
Ample storage for gear and sails
-- Once again Sea Dragon has massive lockers in the cockpit that allow for the
HIT ladders, batteries, fishing tackle, lines, tools, sails, life raft, extra rodes, fenders, and
and even stowing the inflatable dinghy.
Fresh water storage of 100 gallons
or more -- With 150 gallons of fresh water storage in
three (3) tanks, long hot showers
HIT are part of all of our trips.
Fuel storage of 50 gallons or more
-- Here we wanted enough fuel on board to motor for extended periods with
HIT The Chesapeake Bay is famous for it windless days and we wanted to be able to
move about the bay without worrying about fuel. We rarely use more than 30 gallons
of fuel in a season.
6’ 2” or more of headroom
-- I am just tired of banging my head.
-- Actually I was looking for a small volume cockpit. Sea Dragon's cockpit is
large enough for four adults and
HIT and a child or two while the volume is reasonable. However, the addition of two more scupper in the rear
corners of the cockpit would be a nice addition and improve the boats ability to drain water more rapidly
from the cockpit should she be pooped or rolled.
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