Originally Posted by Joe Okros
Thanks Skipmac, my best bet would probably be to try it out and see what happens. The mooring is up a river and its pretty narrow, no wake zone, -so that shouldnt be a problem. If the mud's soft enough it should be OK, - Walking about is not an issue as I dont live aboard--how does the Pearson
compare to the OI36? I am in the market for a walkthrough.
If the dock
is in soft mud the boat will probably settle down into the bottom and be fairly stable. When I ran aground in the Bahamas
it was on a flat, hard sand bottom and the boat balance on the long, flat-bottomed keel. It was in the middle of the large, shallow banks where high and low tides are a few hours later than around the edge of the banks. There are no reliable tide reporting station in the area (well at least not 35 years ago) so we extimated low tide and anchored in faily shallow water. Took the dinghy
to shore to explore and came back to see at over a foot of bottom paint
showing but the boat sitting flat and level. Seemed quite stable but since the draft
is just a bit over 3' we were a bit nervous about what might happen if the boat tipped over.
Regarding the Morgan compared to the Pearson, very different boats. I put a lot of miles on the Morgan including a fairly rough crossing of the Caribbean
in winter trades and felt like it was a very solid boat. I also think the OI36 may be the roomiest 36' sailboat ever built. I have been on 40' boats with half the living space of the 36. The biggest negative, with the very shallow draft
the boat did not point well at all. It has been many years but if I recall
, tacking angle after allowing for leeway was something like 120 degrees. And as you note, the OI36 does not have a walk through. After living on the Morgan for over 2 years and later a Lohi 34 with the same basic layout I didn't miss the walk through. In a hard, blowing rain you might get a bit wet crossing the cockpit but with a good Bimini
that was rarely a problem.
The Pearson I have now, the 422 is in some ways just a larger version of the OI36 layout but with a walkthrough down the port side. As well built if not better than the Morgan and will point a lot better with the modified fin keel. Of course with the penalty of 2' deeper draft. The Pearson is also quite roomy but I think devotes more of the boat volume to living space at the expense of storarge. There are no cockpit lockers which I miss a lot but overall I love the boat.
If you are looking for a center cockpit
walkthrough there are also the OI41s and some of the CSY
44s, Whitby 42, Petersons, and a bunch more. If you like the Pearson 422 there were only 39 built but in the last few years it seems 1 or 2 come on the market every year or so, often listed on the 422 web site Pearson 422 Owners
If you want to hear more about the Pearson just let me know. As you can see I'm not shy about sharing my opinions.