-Price. Both boats are well into their depreciation life, so price
should be fairly flat over time, you would get more for the Tayana in resale, but only about as much more as you paid originally.
-Weight. The decreased weight of the Pearson leads to smaller sails
, smaller anchors and smaller self-steering gear
. All this is cheaper to buy initially, cheaper to maintain in the long run and easier to handle.
-If you are going anywhere shallow, the Pearson has a big advantage.
-Underway sleeping arrangements- 1 excellent (Pilotberth) and 2 good (settee) berths vs 1 very good (quarterberth) and 1 good (settee) berth in the Tayana. If there will just be 2 aboard, it's probably a tossup.
-Full liner, makes repairs/modifications harder, and looking for leaks
a lot harder. (Does provide a bit of insulation
-Ketch. Although the ketch
rig divides up the sail area nicely, the multiple masts increase the rigging maintenance
-Slight speed advantage in moderate winds (189PHRF vs 204).
-Cutter rig. Would make me a lot more willing to have a roller furling
headsail having a hanked-on staysail. Also better and redundant support of the mast
-Maintenance required for woodwork.
-Significantly increased fuel consumption
-Speed in very light air. Although the higher SA/D of the Tayana would seem to give it an advantage in very light air, the lower wetted surface area of the Pearson would seem to even it back up. I expect the age and shape of the sails
will be the bigger determiner.
-Interior volume. The boats are very close in length and beam, any differences in perceived space will be related to interior
-Hull strength. The Tayana is significantly heavier and would survive a mishap better. On the other hand increased weight may be contributing factor in mishaps thru increased fatigue of crew due to higher workload. On the whole I think there is an advantage to the Tayana, but since both boats are significantly overbuilt, I think the advantage is slight.