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The Pearson 36 : 1972–1976

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A genuine dual purpose yacht — one that offers luxurious cruising accommodations and impressive performance — is a rarity in today's yachting world...

No Compromise Here

A genuine dual purpose yacht – one that offers luxurious cruising accommodations and impressive performance – is a rarity in today's yachting world of pipe-berthed "tonners" and broad-beamed cruising auxiliaries.

Bill Shaw has created an honest, adaptable yacht in the Pearson 36. In a time when cruising boats with magnificent appointments combined with the ability to perform so often result in a compromise, there is no compromise here.

Teak trim and joinerwork abound both on deck and below. And the Pearson 36 sleeps six (seven, with optional port pilot berth).

Step aboard for a tour of this decidedly different racer/cruiser. The cockpit, with its well-placed steering pedestal, is uncluttered, efficient and safe. Port and starboard sail lokers and winch handle alcoves, plus a lazarete hatch aft, provide stowage on deck. Teak toe rails, cabintop handrails and teak cockpit coamings add a luxurious look. And the fiberglass seahood and non-skid deck surfaces are thoughtful safety and comfort features. No-nonsense deckhouse design and a wide walk-around deck provide visibility and ease of accessibility forward.

Below the waterline, the P36's proven skeg/rudder combination lets her almost steer herself, while aloft, over 600 square feed of moderate to high aspect sail area gives her the drive to win. Now step below to the warmth and roominess of luxury afloat.

At the bottom of the companionway immediately to starboard is the galley. Efficient. Complete with gimballed 2-burner stove with oven, lots of counterspace, stowage drawers below and stowage lockers above. Immediately oppostie the galley is the navigation station, with lift-up chart bable, ample electronics space, shelves outboard to port, oilskin locker aft and quarter berth.

The main cabin is the P36's entertainment center. Bulkhead-mounted table provides dining for six with leaf in position and folds away neatly for lounging or sleeping.

The main cablin features a settee/berth to port with bookcase and lockers outboard. Overhead, a translucent ventilation hatch provides plenty of air and light.

Forwward to starboard in the main cabin, a roomy hanging locker is provided for your personal gear. Opposite, the toilet room has a vanity equipped with linen stowage and a raft of locker space.

The forward cabin lets you or your guests stretch out on two full-length berths (V-filler optional) and provides stowage in a bureau to port and hanging locker starboard. A big overhead hatch allows for ventilation, light and access to the foredeck. Shelves outboard of the forward berths and anchor rode stowage in the forepeak complete this fine yacht.

But it doesn't end there. The one missing ingredient is you, your family and friends at the helm or stretched out on deck soaking up the sun on the race course or easing into some distant anchorage, the Pearson 36 is a lot of boat.

And once you've inspected the Pearson 36 for yourself and compared the price, we're sure you'll decide to... Come Sail With Us.

Pearson 36

Pearson 36

Grumman P-36

Put Yourself In The Cockpit of a P-36

You'll discover why an aircraft company makes world-class Pearson Yachts

It may seem like a long stretch from the cockpit of a Grumman F-14 jet fighter to the cockpit of a Pearson P-36 sloop but both have something in common.

Both are premier in their fields. Grumman in flying electronics systems; Pearson, a Grumman-owned company, in handcrafted sailing yachts for the yachtsman and his family.

Pearson yachts range from an 18' day sailer to a 53' world cruiser – and they're among the best-selling production fiberglass yachts afloat. So popular that Pearson can't produce the P-36 family cruiser/racer fast enough to meet the demand.

Pearson's success is built on dedication to quality. And Pearson quality is built on employees who have been with the company for 20 and 25 years and longer. Craftsmen with skills that only decades of building boats by hand can create.

As Pearson craftsmen lay-up their laminates of fiberglass and resin to create a hull, they follow designs that are so well-conceived some have become classics that have not exhausted public demand even after 20 years.

Climb into the cockpit of a Grumman plane and you can travel at the speed of sound. Settle into the cockpit of a Pearson yacht and sail with the wind. Either way you are experiencing the craftsmanship, obessession with quality, and dedication to doing it right that is shared by Pearson yachts and its corporate parent, Gumman.

Pearson 36


LOA (Overall Length) 36.5'
LWL (Waterline Length) 29.2'
Beam 11.1'
Draft 6.0'
Displacement 13,500 lbs
Ballast 5,800 lbs
Sail Area 585/655 sq ft
Mast Height (above D.W.L.)
Cockpit Length
Auxillary Power Diesel
Foretriangle Area 341/370 sq ft
Mainsail Area 244/285 sq ft
I – Foretriangle Height 46.0/50.0'
J – Foretriangle Base 14.8'
P – Mainsail Hoist 38.0/44.5'
E – Mainsail Foot 12.8'

Technical Data

Designer Bill Shaw
Years Built 1972 – 1976
Hull Speed 7.29 kn
SA/D – Sail Area to Displacement 16.5/18.5
DLR or D/L – Displacement to Length Ratio 233
BR – Ballast Ratio 39%
L/B – Length to Ballast 3.30
LWL/B – Waterline Length to Ballast 2.67
OR – Overhang Ratio 19%
CSF – Capsize Screening Formula 1.80
MCR – Motion Comfort Ratio 29.6
M/F – Main to Foretriangle Ratio 0.71
PHRF – Performance Handicap Rating 138 (average)

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