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Old 29-04-2009, 22:40   #1
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Just interested in the opinions as to the Pearson 365. In general and specifically as a blue water cruiser?
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Old 30-04-2009, 04:19   #2
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Things I like about the 365:
General construction quality
Cruise-friendly interior layout

Things I don’t like about the 365:
V-Drive
Split rig
Long-shoal (cutaway forefoot) keel.
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Things I like about the 365

1. You can get one in decent condition for under 40k.
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Things I like about the 365:
General construction quality
Cruise-friendly interior layout

Things I don’t like about the 365:
V-Drive
Split rig
Long-shoal (cutaway forefoot) keel.
The Pearson 367 uses the same basic hull but has a deeper keel and a cutter rig, solving your 2nd and 3rd points. Still has a V-Drive, though.
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V-drive

What's wrong with a V-drive?
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V-Drives are typically more costly, more complex & less efficient (extra gearing), and less reliable (than straight shaft drives).

They are primarily used as “problem solvers”, to locate the engine further aft, and often result in cramped (difficult to access & work on) engines, transmissions, and shaft logs.

Often, the only practical alternative to a V-Drive would be a Sail-Drive. I'd view it as a "Hobbs choice" - choose your devil.
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Old 30-04-2009, 18:19   #7
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Walters Machine company is still in business and makes V-drives. they also service them and supply parts. My 1975 Pearson 39Y has one. i wrote to them with the serial number and they sent me a list of what parts had been replaced and in what year, the drive ratio, an instruction manual and advice on how to modify it for my new engine. Great company and the boat has the origianl V-drive (albeit with some replacement parts) that is 33 yrs old.

They are converting it from a 1:1.67 to a 1:1 since my new engine has a 2:1 transmission. Don't know the cost yet but will let you know if there is any interest.
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Doing some research it does seem like a fairly nice boat. Or more, seems to be very good value for the money. Under 40k for a nice condition one, no more than 55-60 for a turnkey. And reported widely as a blue water cruiser. Seems roomey inside, and performance is average.

I was looking pretty hard at the CSY33, but for not much more this can be had.

The cutaway full keel is just what I'm looking for in a keel! Don't want the deep draft and poor running/bluewater performance of a fin keel and the lack of maneuverability of a full length keel.
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