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The Pearson Wanderer 1966–1971

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Always a great performer, the popular Wanderer for 1970 is more versatile than ever.

The Versatile One

Four years ago she was an immediate success and her subsequent race results and owner testimonials have served to enhance her reputation. A large cockpit with 270° seating and a full dinette layout are but two of her spacious features.

With a shallow draft, the Wanderer can explore coves and inlets that other auxiliaries her size cannot. Her keel-centerboard combination provides fine tuning capabilities in a variety of sea and wind condtiions, a must for the race-oriented skipper.

For 1970, designer Bill Shaw has effected interior and rig modifications making the Wanderer an even better buy than ever. The key to the modified rig is a reduction in size of the mainsail foot which develops a higher aspect ration - thus further reducing her rating or maintaining it while providing larger headsails.

Cruising accommodations in the Wanderer 30 have also been given a great deal of attention. Her totally new interior arrangement emphasizes comfort with practical space utilization for the optimum of living and entertaining convenience. In all, she sleeps six in a full dinette arrangement with forward V-berths, two in the convertible dinette to port, and two quarter berths aft. Galley is to starboard. Her fuly enclosed toilet room is accessible from both the main and forward cabins.

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Winning Racer, Cruising Centerboarder

She's here! Just what hot racers have been looking for. A fast shoal-draft hull with spacious cruising accommodations.

Qualifies for many major races! Wanderer's 30-foot-plus length (30'3" x 9'4" x 3'6" board up, 6'9" board down) makes her right for those long distance races requiring this length boat. She has an excellent rating at CCA 22. Her combination keel-center-board offers many distinct advantages. Reduced drag down wind, extra lift to windward. She's very fast! New owners are racing to impressive victories.

A slugger too! Her generous beam, plus her long waterline make her ideal in a tough sea. She's responsive to rudder commands and her sea-kindly hull adds greatly to stability, ease of control, dryness and safety.

Roomy living! Just what the racing skipper and family wants between races when the emphasis is on cruising comfort and convenience. Wanderer's worth every dollar of her price! Just ask a new owner - then see your Pearson dealer [perhaps].

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Wanderer – By The Numbers


LOA (Overall Length) 29.8'
LWL (Waterline Length) 23.3'
Beam 9.3'
Draft 3.5' ⁄ 6.8'
Displacement 9,800 lbs
Ballast 3,500 lbs
Sail Area 421 sq ft
Auxillary Power Inboard
Foretriangle Area 204 sq ft
Mainsail Area 217 sq ft
I – Foretriangle Height 36'
J – Foretriangle Base 11.3'
P – Mainsail Hoist 31'
E – Mainsail Foot 14.0'

Technical Data

Designer Bill Shaw
Years Built 1966 – 1971 (177)
Hull Speed 6.47 kn
SA/D – Sail Area to Displacement 14.7
DLR or D/L – Displacement to Length Ratio 344
BR – Ballast Ratio 36%
L/B – Length to Ballast 3.20
LWL/B – Waterline Length to Ballast 2.50
OR – Overhang Ratio 22%
CSF – Capsize Screening Formula 1.75
MCR – Motion Comfort Ratio 30.4
M/F – Main to Foretriangle Ratio 1.06
PHRF (avg) – Performance Handicap Rating 219

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