Originally Posted by timc
This is what I was referring too.... why would the sloop have better upwind than the cutter on same hull
Generally, although the ketch version has a slight sail area advantage, upwind the efficiency advantage of the sloop more than makes up for that. From a high beam reach/low close reach down almost to a run the ketch will have the advantage. Generally this evens out as can be seen in that fact that sloop and mizzen boats generally have very similar PHRF ratings.
PEARSON 34 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
7000lb 'structural' weight
PEARSON 36-2 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
9800lb 'structural' weight
This is not the boat that several other folks have been discussing, which is the 365 that went out of production in 1982 so it is not in the age range you were asking about.
PEARSON 37 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
7100lb 'structural' weight
'structural' weight is total displacement
minus ballast. If you assume similar proportion of weight went into hull
and furniture and there was similar quality of workmanship, then you can make an educated guess as to which boats are stronger.
Adjusting for length and beam the 34 & 36.2 are just about the same in structural weight. The 37 is a lot lighter, but for coastal cruising no so light that I would worry about it.
The 37 has a fairly classic though not excessive IOR shape, wide beam with pinched stern, so there might be some minor mis-behaviors but nothing that would dissuade me from coastal cruising.
All 3 have fairly deep and relatively pointy fins, meaning the center of gravity for the fin won't be as deep as I would like for offshore
, but for coastal would be acceptable.
I would find the baby stay annoying instead of double lowers, but again coastal sailing.
The 36 looks the best for living aboard
with limited overnight sailing.
If you were going to overnight sail regularly the 34 or 37 would be better. If you were going to overnight with extra crew regularly then I would go with the 37, but if normally just you and the Mrs. then the 34.