Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here and sailing again. I owned a Mariner 35 wooden ketch designed by Bill Garden. The Fuji 35 is much the same but has a fiberglass hull
where mine was wood
. My '67 model was built in Yokosuka and there were many delamination
problems in cabin
top, transom, cockpit
and decks for many of the Mariners. Mine only had a bit in the transom which was easily repaired before I sold
it in '86.
If the construction of the Fuji is all glass then it would be a toss up. The Pearson will outsail the Fuji though so if that is a priority then that's the way I'd go. Also if the Pearson is a sloop there is a lot less rigging
to mess about with when it needs to be replaced.
I'd compare engines and accessories and condition of rigging
. I like the old style of the Fuji and it it's a ketch the many sail options especially the mizzen staysail but I appreciate the performance of the Pearson.
Good luck in your decision.