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The Pearson 10M : 1973–1980

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33 feet of company talent coming together in a boat that has been designed and executed to fill a specific role.

Pearson 10M

A new boat means as much to us as it does to you. To you it represents the culmination of a dream, escape, family fun afloat and, often, a trophy case full of awards that you've earned together.

To us a new boat is tangible evidence of our capabilities and integrity. It is our reputation; to be admired, evaluated and judged.

In this case, it's the new Pearson 10M. 33 feet of company talent coming together in a boat that has been designed and executed to fill a specific role, viz: to offer more boat for the money in 33 feet than anyone could imagine possible in today's inflationary economy at absolutely no sacrifice in Pearson quality standards.

Step aboard. Study the cockpit and deck layout. Uncluttered. Efficient. Safe. Observe the two sail lockers and lazarette. Now sit at the helm or if she's equipped with a wheel, stand behind it and check the visibility. The low profile cabin puts the world in full view without sacrificing below-decks headroom. Jump up and down if you like. That solid feeling under foot is Pearson quality fiberglass construction.

A quick tour around deck shows off a few other reasons why Pearson is the standard of excellence. Check the non-skid pattern, windows, handrails, hardware installations and locations. Look closely at the deck to hull fit and consider that no less than three fastening methods are used to insure a permanent, integral bond.

Now look below and see how to maximize a 29'2" waterline and an 11' beam. Here's all the space and efficiency you'll every need for entertaining, cruising offshore or proving the 10M's mettle on the race course. Standing at the foot of the ladder facing forward, the first reaction is "WOW! How did they do it?". To starboard is the galley, ice chest, range, sink , counter space and plenty of food stowage. Efficient is the word. Reach out and touch everything. To port (Any how many times do you see this in a 33' boat?) is a big quarterberth and navigation command center. Lift top chart table and plenty of access for all the electronics you'll every want. A few steps forward and you're in the center of the main salon. To port is a pull-out double berth and to starboard are upper and lower berths.

Now try the foldaway drop-leaf table. If it's down when you come aboard, one finger raises it to its foldaway position against the forward bulkhead adjacent to the mast. If it's tucked away, simply back off the lone wing-nut and gently lower it into position. Voila! Teak bookshelves where the table used to be. Ingenious. Look overhead. A big main cabin hatch (optional) for plenty of light and ventilation.

The toilet room is next; and who says "it's just a necessity." Check how it's made to facilitate cleaning; and the way the forward bulkhead curves to provide easy access forward at little sacrifice to interior space. Two hanging lockers are to starboard, and now you're in the spacious forward cabin. Two berths, stowage above, optional V filler to make a big double and anchor rode stowage forward.

The total impression is one of comfort, efficiency and maximum utililization of space. Fabrics, countertops and bulkheads are color coordinated to provide a rich, handsome, enlightened decor. Just add you personal touch to maker her YOUR boat.

We're obviously quite proud of our new member of the fleet and want you to be too. In the final analysis, that's what counts.



Pearson 10M


The boat design by Bill Shaw was built by the American company, Pearson Yachts, who are no longer in business, at their Rhode Island, United States plant.

In most ways the 10M fits nicely into the Pearson cruiser/racer approach reaching perhaps just a little closer to the racer end of the spectrum than other Pearson's of it's day. Production started in 1973 and ran until 1980 with about 236 boats produced. Peak production was in 1974 and 1975 and tapered off from there with only about a dozen boats being built in the last two years.

Pearson 10M – By The Numbers


LOA (Overall Length) 33'
LWL (Waterline Length) 28.3'
Beam 11.0'
Draft 5.9'
Displacement 12,441 lbs
Ballast 5,445 lbs
Sail Area 524 ⁄ 549 sq ft
Mast Height (above D.W.L.) 48'
Auxillary Power Inboard
Foretriangle Area 312 ⁄ 327 sq ft
Mainsail Area 212 ⁄ 223 sq ft
I – Foretriangle Height 44' ⁄ 46'
J – Foretriangle Base 14.2'
P – Mainsail Hoist 38.5' ⁄ 40.5'
E – Mainsail Foot 11'

Technical Data

Designer Bill Shaw
Years Built 1973 – 1980 (236)
Hull Speed 7.13 kn
SA/D – Sail Area to Displacement 15.6 ⁄ 16.4
DLR or D/L – Displacement to Length Ratio 245
BR – Ballast Ratio 44%
L/B – Length to Ballast 3.00
LWL/B – Waterline Length to Ballast 2.65
OR – Overhang Ratio 14%
CSF – Capsize Screening Formula 1.90
MCR – Motion Comfort Ratio 25.8
M/F – Main to Foretriangle Ratio 0.68
PHRF (avg) – Performance Handicap Rating 141 ⁄ 135


Hull: One-piece molded reinforced fiberglass laminate (hand lay-up) with integrally bonded bulkheads. Standard hull color white (with other colors optional). Cove stripe: standard colors. Boot top and bottom paint. .

Deck and Cockpit: One-piece reinforced fiberglass laminate (hand lay-up with balsa core for stiffness and insulation. Color and Non-skid surfaces molded in. Textured fiberglass full headliner laminated to deck cabin interior surface. Self-bailing cockpit. Cockpit sail lockers (P&S), with molded drain gutters. Lazarette hatch. Fiberglass sliding companionway hatch. Drop slides. Fiberglass coamings and winch islands with storage alcoves under. Teak handrails. Deck unit mechanically fastened to hull with overlay of fiberglass for complete watertight integrity. Choice of standard deck colors.

Machinery: 30H.P 4-cylinder gas engine. Direct drive, 35 amp. alternator. 7/8" Tobin bronze shaft, shaft strut, propeller, and bronze gland stuffing box. Water box muffler with steamhose exhaust line. Controls and instruments inside of cockpit well include shift, throttle, choke, starter button, ammeter, oil pressure, and water temperature. 20 gal. Monel fuel yank with cockpit sole deck plate fill and overboard vent. Shut –off valve, fuel filter, and flexible fuel line.

Tanks and plumbing: Two 20 gal. Fiberglass water tanks located in main cabin under (P&S) berths, with deck fills, vents, and supply lines with shut-off valves. Toilet intake line fitted with bronze seacock. Holding tank standard. Flush through hulls.

Electrical: Fused switch panel. Master power switch. Two 12V 90 AH batteries. International navigation lights. Chart table and interior cabin lights. Stranded copper wiring with impervious covering, color coded for circuit identification and located high above bilge area. Designed to minimize voltage drops

Hardware and deck Fittings: Chrome-platted brass or bronze, stainless steel, and special marine alloys, including custom designed stainless steel steamhead fitting, stainless steel backstay and shroud cabinplates. Bow chocks (P&S), bow cleat, stern cleats (P&S), and flagpole socket. Two large fixed ports (main cabin), and 4 small fixed ports. Dorade box with cowl vent over toilet room on portside cabintop. Transparent overhead hatch, forward cabin. Fordeck plate. Stainless steel genoa tracks through bolted on teak battern (P&S). Genoa blocks with track slides. 2 No. 43 Lewmar sheet winches (chrome) with cleats. Recessed main sheet traveler on bridge deck. Stainless steel stanchions with vinyl-covered stainless steel lifelines. Laminated tiller.

Spars: Tapered mast of protective coated 6060-T6 alloy with internal track section, stepped through the deck. Aluminum spreaders. Custom masthead fitting and stainless steel tangs. Halyard cleats. 2 No. 8 lewmar halyard winches (chrome). Boom of anodized aluminum 6061-T6 alloy with internal sail track groove. Fixed gooseneck. Internal block and tackle clew outhaul. Topping lift. Mainsheet and blocks.

Rigging: Standing stainless steel 1x19 with truloc swaged end fittings. Turnbuckles for headstay, backstay, upper and lower shrouds. Toggles on upper-lower shrouds and masthead toggles on headstay. Welded jiffy reef hooks on gooseneck.

Running Rigging: Main and Jib halyards of 7 x 19 stainless steel with spliced Dacron* tails. Braided Dacron* main and genoa sheets. Flag halyards.

Interior: Sleeping accommodations for seven. V-Berth in forward cabin with trap stowage under. Hanging locker to starboard. Forepeak anchor rode stowage. Translucent hatch overhead forward. Molded in shelf stowage (P&S). Hinged door privacy. Toilet room has fiberglass sole and toilet base. Alcoves and sliding door locker outboard. Fiberglass vanity equipped with manual F.W. pump, trap linen stowage, and locker under. Mirror with light over. Hinged entry door. Large hanging locker is opposite toilet room. Main cabin has pull-out double berth to port and pilot and transom berth to starboard. Built-in storage over port berth. Bulkhead mounted folding table with hinged lewars of high pressure laminate. Quarterberth and navigation station (with chart storage) is located aft to port; drawer and locker under. Stowage shelf outboard above quarterberth. Tack companionway ladder. L-shape galley aft to starboard. Large stainless steel galley sink with F.W. foot pump. Large top-loading icebox with foam in-place insulation. 2-burner countertop alcohol stove, gimbaled. Large sliding door locker outboard of galley countertop. Drawers and lock stowage under. Weather gear stowage opposite galley next to quaterberth. Textured fiberglass sole in both cabins. High pressure laminates on all countertops. Aft cabin face has hinged access panels (P&S) for instrument installations. Main bulkheads are covered with high pressure laminates. Hull sides are covered with veneer genuwall. Standard berth mattresses are 4" foam; fabric covered throughout. Teak trim and joiner work throughout. Choice of contemporary interior décor colors. Teak handrails overhead.

Safety equipment: Bonding system incorporates common grounding of chainplates, seacocks, engine and fuel tank. Seacock or gate valve on thru-hulls. Deck and cockpit areas have molded-in non-skid surfaces. Self-bailing cockpit. Natural and forced draft ventilation of engine compartment in accordance with U.S.C.G regulations. Manual bilge pump. Life lines. Teak handrails on cabin top. Teak interior handrails. Automatic fuels shut-off valve.

Optional equipment: A wide selection of factory installed equipment is available for this boat. See price sheet for complete details.

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