I spent many years sailing a Pearson 365.
On the plus side:
They are very sturdy and very seaworthy
sea boats, go anywhere, any weather
. Built like a brickhouse. Very seakindly for their size.
is a luxury in a boat this size.
Fantastic deck storage
, more than I have on my present 54' boat. The flip side of that is that there is no cabin
space aft of the companionway
-- that volume is entirely devoted to deck storage
and engine space.
Great nav table for a boat that size.
Bulletproof (if leaky) Perkins
Slow as molasses. It's almost more of a motor-sailer, which is how we used it (and there was actually a pilothouse version). The version which replaced this boat has much better sailing performance (Pearson 36-2 I think it's called?).
Because of the very long fin keel
, goes in circles if you try to reverse.
Poor engine access. V-drive (ick).
Very short propellor shaft means you can't fit a cutter.
Very small accomodation for a boat this size (not a downside if you only have two or three people on board).
Someone remarked on the fitout's being cheap
looking -- maybe there were different versions, but ours looked very nice. A fair amount of bare gel coat inside which is not so nice, but the joinery is more or less as good as anything from that era, barring perhaps Hinckley and simlar, mostly handsome mahogany veneer.