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The Pearson 38 : 1989–1991

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Cruising performance, comfort, ease of handling, and quality.

Cruising Performance


The new Pearson 38 is a performance cruiser, which combines the best features of several other Pearson models. The objective was to produce a boat that could comfortably accommodate two couples in their own private staterooms in a length that could easily be handled by just two people.
To accomplish this we designed the Pearson 38 with ample beam, a long waterline, generous freeboard and an easily handled rig. Draft was kept to 4’9" by using our proven wing keel design, which also tends to dampen the boat’s motion in a seaway.
The double spreader rig and recessed inboard genoa tracks permit closer sheeting angles resulting in better windward performance. The fully battened mainsail provides better sail shape in light air and makes furling a lot easier than conventional mainsails. The roller furling headsail with padded luff makes dousing the jib a snap and allows you to reef it without causing undue strain on the sailcoth. All the sail control lines are led aft to the cockpit for safety and convenience. No need to go forward to raise sails, put in a reef, or adjust halyard tension.
The large cockpit has several modern amenities that makes cruising more enjoyable; comfortable backrests, contoured seating, an on-deck ice box, even a hot and cold shower at the walkthrough transom. Now you can rinse off after swimming without going below dripping salt water. The transom itself has a built-in swim platform, which makes boarding a dinghy convenient and safe. It also has a comfortable boarding ladder that’s easy on bare feet. Other key deck features include custom anchor roller, midship chocks and cleats, sturdy teak toe rails, and of course, a foredeck anchor well.
Below deck, instead of conventional V berths forward there’s a real double bed which is easier to make-up, more comfortable to sleep in, and just plain cozier. It also has an area underneath with generous sized drawers.
In the main salon there’s a centerline table which seats a crowd with its leaves extended and folds down to create extra space when not in use. If you need to sleep a third couple, the dinette area can be quickly converted to a double berth. To port, the settee berth doubles as a seat for the aft facing chart table which is surrounded by plenty of space for built-in electronics. Just aft of the chart table is an extra wet locker and bank or drawers suitable for navigational accessories and other small items.
The galley is to starboard – convenient to the companionway but out of the traffic pattern. It includes double sinks, a huge icebox, propane stove with oven, and plenty of stowage. The engine is located under the sinks and is easily accessed from all four sides.
The owner’s stateroom is aft of the galley and its large double berth extends under the cockpit. An overhead hatch and two opening ports into the cockpit assure plenty of light and ventilation. A large hanging locker with built-in shelves provides plenty of space for personal gear.
Opposite the aft stateroom is the roomy head compartment with attractive vanity, mirrors and enclosed hamper bag. The shower curtain keeps the vanity area from getting wet and since it’s only on one side it doesn’t cling to you. A hinged cover prevents the toilet from getting wet and since shiny formica surfaces on the bulkheads and door shed water like a fiberglass enclosure.
Overall, the new Pearson 38 is a boat that satisfies the requirements of the sailor who wants cruising performance, comfort, ease of handling, and quality. We’re convinced the Pearson 38 meets all of these criteria and also includes another important ingredient…value. Come sail with us!

Bill Shaw

Pearson 38

Pearson 38

Pearson 38 Standard Equipment

  • White Hull
  • Blue cove stripe
  • Molded- in double boot stripe- blue
  • External lead ballast
  • Balanced space rudder
  • Blister-Bloc gelcoat
  • Molded swim platform


  • Color- two-toned beige
  • Molded non-skid
  • Balsa core
  • Cockpit sail locker- port side
  • Winch Island coves
  • Foredeck anchor well with positive latch and drain
  • Teak toe rail with midship chocks
  • Vinyl rub rail
  • T-shaped cockpit with helmsman seat
  • Teak handrails
  • Cockpit ice box
  • Pedestal steering with engine shaft and control with guard and brake
  • 40" stainless steel destroyer wheel
  • 5" compass with night lighting
  • Emergency tiller
  • Self-tailing mainsheet winch- Lewmar #30ST
  • Self-tailing genoa sheet winches-2 Lewmar #52ST
  • Double bow rail
  • Split double stern rail with swim ladder
  • Double lifelines
  • Boarding gate-starboard side
  • Dual bow chocks and cleats
  • Cabin top mainsheet traveller with stops and tag lines
  • 4 smoked aluminum framed hatches
  • Companionway hatch with seahood
  • 10 opening ports
  • 2 large fixed parts
  • Dorade vent with guard
  • Recessed inboard genoa track with cars
  • Stemhead with anchor roller
  • Flagpole socket


  • 35 HP fresh water cooled diesel
  • Engine panel with alarms, tachometer, temperature and oil pressure lights
  • 2-blade solid propeller on 1 ź" SS shaft
  • 22-gallon aluminum fuel tank with cockpit fill


  • 100-gallon fresh water capacity
  • Hot/Cold pressure water system
  • Shower with submersible sump pump
  • 25-gallon holding tank with off-shore discharge valve
  • Bronze ball valves on all underwater thru-hulls
  • Manual bilge pump mounted in cockpit
  • Hot/ cold cockpit shower


  • Shore power system with circuit breakers, cord and 5 outlets
  • 12-volt electrical system
  • Provision for two batteries
  • D.C. electrical panel with circuit breakers
  • Coaxial cable led to navigation center
  • Instrumentation wires led to navigation center
  • Navigation lights
  • Anchor lights
  • Interior lights
  • Stereo speaker and power wires
  • Master battery switch
  • Electrical bilge pump
  • Double spreader masthead rig
  • Tapered aluminum spar stepped on the keel
  • Jib halyard with #16 Lewmar winch on spar
  • Main halyard led aft to cockpit
  • Mast step, collar and boot
  • Internal wire/ rope halyards
  • Internal jiffy reefing with winch
  • Fixed gooseneck
  • Teak bulkheads with rubbed oil finish
  • Molded F.R.P headliner
  • Varnished teak and holly sole
  • 4" foaming mattresses
  • Louvered doors on hanging and wet lockers
  • F.R.P interior pan with grid support structure for hull


  • L-shaped dinette to starboard with stowage under
  • Liquor locker
  • Settee to port with stowage under
  • Self stowage P&S
  • Overhead locker stowage with sliding doors P&S
  • Teak panels on cabin house slides
  • Window shades
  • Hatch overhead


  • 2-burner gimballed propane stove with oven and cover
  • Trash bin
  • Locker stowage outboard
  • 8 cu. Ft. ice box with molded shelves
  • Stove rail
  • Double stainless steel sink
  • Drawer, locker and trap stowage


  • Forepeak locker
  • Island berth with drawer stowage under
  • Alcove P&S
  • Bureau
  • Hanging locker
  • Mirror
  • Hatch overhead


  • Aft facing chart table with hinged top and drawers under
  • Wet locker
  • Hinged electrical panel with electronics locker


  • King size quarterbeth with drawers under
  • Hanging locker
  • Shelf outboard
  • Mirror
  • 2 opening ports Hatch overhead


  • Shower pan with teak grate
  • Formica vanity top and vanity unit
  • Lockers outboard with mirrored doors
  • Acrylic vanity sink
  • Mirror
  • Hatch overhead
  • Water closet cover
  • Vanity enclosure for shower


  • Fully battened main with cover and lazy jacks
  • 135% roller furling genoa
  • Roller furling


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