Boat Review October 2019 Issue

A Deck Level View of the Pearson Commander

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Freeboard on the Commander is somewhat low (top), which sometimes makes for a wet, but exciting ride in bumpy conditions.

1. The generous cockpit featured on the Commander realistically seats six while under sail, but will accommodate more while at anchor with the tiller folded up. The cockpit is self-draining, but could use larger drains. Anyone with offshore aspirations will want to better seal the main hatch and lazarette.

2. If you need to move forward quickly in a seaway, perhaps to access the headsail, you will find the way there somewhat complicated. Shrouds occupy the narrow side decks, which necessitate shimmying sideways in- or outside them.

3. Try not to trip over one of the original bronze winches.

4. Like most well outboards, the one in the Pearson Commander requires an open hatch to ensure adequate air for proper operation.

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