Pearson Yachts Designs

Pearson Sailboats

Table of Pearson Sailboat Models by year

From 1958 to 1991 Pearson produced numerous models of Sailing Yachts in addition to power boat production. In the very early designs, including the breakthrough Triton, Pearson Yachts contracted with independent designers under several familiar names such as: Carl Alberg, Philip Rhodes, William H. Tripp Jr, and Bill Tritt. In 1964 Bill Shaw was brought in to start an in-house design team with the vision of developing Pearson Yachts as a brand which would become a worldwide leader in the "Golden Age" of Coastal Cruisers for working-class sailor.

Key to Sailboat Table:

  • Model – Model Name and Link to flier
  • LOA – Length Overall, the maximum length in feet, of a vessel's hull measured parallel to the waterline.
  • DISP – Displacement, the vessel's weight in lbs, calculated from the volume of water displaced by it.
  • D/L – Displacement to Length Ratio*
  • SA/D – Sail Area to Displacement Ratio*
  • Comments – Designer or Boat Options
  • Production – Approximate years and number produced
  • Website – Model/Owners Home Page
Note: Specifications are approximate from Pearson Yachts
*Definitions provided by Bill Shaw on the design page

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The Early Years 1958–1965

Model LOA DISP DLR SA/D Comments Production Website
Plebe 8 ft 95 lbs 30.75 Based on Cub 1958
Triton 28.3 6930 415 16.38 Vintage Alberg 1959–1967 (750) Triton
Hawk 16.3 575 28.50 Sleek, Saucy Day-Sailer 1960–63
Tiger Cat 17 585 First One-Design Catamaran 1960 (160)
Electra 22.5 3000 222 17.58 Predecessor to Ensign 1960–65 (350)
Invicta 37.7 15000 543 14.73 Bermuda Class Winner 1960–1965 (33)
Rhodes 41 40.8 18800 366 16.47 Adapted from Bounty II 1961–1968 (50) Rhodes 41
Alberg 35 35 12600 420 15.48 Sloop or Yawl 1961–1967 Alberg 35
Ensign 22.5 3000 282 18.8 Traditional One–Design 1962–1985 (2000+) Ensign
Ariel 25.5 5700 402 15.34 Carl Alberg 1961–1966 (440) Ariel 26
Vanguard 32.7 10300 415 16.0/17.5 Vintage Pearson 1963–1967 (404) Vanguard
Resolute 20 1800 17.66 William Tritt 1964
Packet 18 1000 32.54 William Tritt 1963
Commander 26 5400 16.21 Carl Alberg 1964–1967 (351)
Countess 44 44.5 28000 441 13.6/12.7 John G.¬†Alden 1965–1970 Countess 44

Early Bill Shaw Designs 1960's

Model LOA DISP DLR SA/D Comments Production Website
Wanderer 29.8 9800 344 14.7 The Versatile One 1966–1971 (177)
Lark 24.0 4300 303 18.9 Bill Shaw 1966–1968
Coaster 29.8 9500 334 15.0 Bill Shaw 1966–1970
Renegade 27.2 6500 313 16.0 The Rogue 1967–1969
Pearson 22 22.3 2600 183 18.4 The Sea Going Sportscar 1968–1972
Pearson 24 23.5 4300 303 17.3 Bill Shaw 1968–1969
Pearson 300 30.3 10000 348 12.1 Bill Shaw 1969–1970 (few)
Pearson 35 35 13000 371 15.9 Longest Production Run 1968–1982 (514) P35
Pearson 43 42.8 21796 319 16.3/15.7 Bill Shaw 1968–1971

Bill Shaw Designs 1970's

Model LOA DISP DLR SA/D Comments Production Website
Pearson 26 26.1 5400 237 16.74 Three Models 1970–1982 (2100+) P26
Pearson 33 32.9 10900 282 16 Bill Shaw 1970–1975
Pearson 39 39.3 17000 281 16.5/18.8 Yawl Option 1970–1977 (30)
Pearson 30 29.8 8320 238 17.3 For the Active Sailor 1971–1980 (1185)
Pearson 390 39 20600 241 15.2 Predecessor to 419/422/424 1972–1973
Pearson 36 36.5 13500 233 16.5/18.5 Tall Mast Option 1972–1976
Pearson 10M 33 12441 245 15.6/16.4 Tall Mast Option 1973–1980 (230+) P10M
Pearson 419 41.8 21000 246 13.7 Center Cockpit 1975–1976
Pearson 28 28 7850 254 16 Predecessor to P28-2 1975–1982
32 Custom 32.2 11643 295 14.9 Screech 1975 (one-off)
Pearson 365 36.4 17700 293 14.5 Ketch Rig 1976–1982 P365/367
Pearson 323 32.3 12800 275 14 An International Flare 1976–1983 (385) P323
Pearson 31 31 9400 269 16.7 Predecessor to P32 1978–1981 (65) P31
Pearson 23 23 3500 195 16.5 Centerboard 1979–1981
Pearson 424 42.3 21000 243 15.2 Ketch or Cutter 1977–1985 P424
Pearson 40 39.9 22800 334 16 Centerboard, Flush Deck 1979–1981
Pearson 32 31.7 9400 269 17 Racer/Cruiser 1979–1982
Pearson 36PH 36.4 17700 293 14.5 Pilothouse 1979–1981 P365/367

Bill Shaw Designs 1980's

Model LOA DISP DLR SA/D Comments Production Website
Pearson Flyer 29.9 6235 178 21.5 Come Fly With Us 1981–1983
Pearson 36C (367) 36.5 17700 293 14.1 36 Cutter 1981–1982 P365/367
Pearson 530 53.6 43000 211 13.1 Pearson's Largest 1981–1985
Pearson 37 36.9 12800 209 18.7 Designed to Perform 1982–1986 (42)
Pearson 23C 23 3000 167 16.2 Cat Rig 1983–1985
Pearson 303 30.3 10400 284 15.3 A Big 30-footer 1983–1986
Pearson 34 33.8 11200 225 17.5 Centerboard Option 1983–1986
Pearson 422 42.2 22000 258 14.7 Center Cockpit 1983–1987 P422
Pearson 385 38.3 20575 340 13.0 1984–1986 P385
Pearson 386 38.3 16915 280 16.6 1984–1985 P386
Pearson 36-2 36.5 15000 258 17.4 Centerboard Option 1985–1990
Pearson 27 26.9 5800 227 16.4 A Spacious 27-footer 1986–1991 P27
Pearson 28-2 28.5 7000 216 16.8 Well Rounded Bay Cruiser 1986–1989
Pearson 33.2 32.5 11000 271 16.5 Wing Keel Option 1986–1991
Pearson 39-2 39 18000 263 17.1 Centerboard Option 1986–1991
Pearson 31-2 30.8 10000 272 17.0 Wing Keel Option 1987–1991 (268) P31
Pearson 37-2 37.4 16000 276 16.7 Standard Wing Keel 1988–1991
Pearson 34-2 34.5 11500 231 17.3 Standard Wing Keel 1989–1991
Pearson 38 27.6 15175 Standard Wing Keel 1989–1991
Pearson Yachts Construction Story

A Construction Story – The Quality Behind the Beauty

Perhaps to you a new Pearson Yacht is the finalization of a dream, an escape, family fun afloat. Or perhaps it's a shelf full of trophies.
To us, however, each Pearson Yacht is a reflection of the philosophy that there's no place in boating for anything less than the highest integrety and quality.
As one of the pioneers in fiberglass sailboat construction, all the experience we have goes into every yacht that comes out of the Pearson yard. Design, construction, performance... all combine to product a yacht that will continue to do whatever you ask of her.
No one deserves less.

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