- Jul 6, 2017
I am considering a bigger boat than my current 2004 H36. I am looking at either an H41DS or a much older Pearson 424 or 422. I have owned two Hunters and really like everything about my current H36 boat including the fractional jib, SS arch, layout, sheet location, storage, through-hulls layout, large head and shower and overall build quality. The later Hunters were built much, much better than my first Hunter (1980s) IMHO. Perhaps the drawbacks for the H36 is its a little small inside for us and is not as sea-kindly as I'd like and is a handful approaching 30 knots and above which I expect would be the same for the H41DS. Realistically; we are Chesapeake Bay sailors and perhaps may venture down the coast or even the Caribbean one day with the bigger boat but do not see any long term world cruising in my lifetime. Must have a shoal draft boat with a large cockpit for our large family and visitors that is also ICW compatible. I don't have experience with the Pearson boats other than seeing a few at my dock. Their owners really like them. They are beautiful boats.....but old. Any Pearson I will consider would have been re-powered and had many upgrades. Any thoughts on this decision?