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Pearson Yachts
1958-1990

Founded by cousins, Clinton and Everett Pearson. It was the 28' TRITON sailing auxiliary that put the company 'on the map'. Before this they had been using the newfangled fiberglass construction materials to built small power boats. At the request of Tom Potter, who worked for American Boat Building, the Pearsons set out to built a sailing auxiliary that would sell for under $10,000. Designer Carl Alberg was assigned the task of drawing the lines. After building the first boat, the Pearsons had to borrow money in order to have it transported to the 1959 New York Boat Show.
Before the show ended, they had deposits for 17 orders and the Pearsons took the company public that April.
Sales stayed strong enough for the company to purchase the old Herreshoff Yard as an additional production site. In addition, a number of new models were introduced, again, mostly designed by Carl Alberg and the company was building nearly one boat a day.
In order to finance further growth, the Pearsons tried to get approval for another stock offering but were not successful.
In 1961, Grumman Allied Industries bought a controlling interest in Pearson Yachts in order gain a stake in the developing fiberglass technology. Pearson was considered a leader in the field at the time. Under the Grumman umbrella the company experienced stability and steady growth for a number of years. During this period, new models continued to be introduced, most also designed by Alberg.
There was the ELECTRA, which had been added in 1960, and the ALBERG 35 introduced in 1961. Also by Alberg were that 26 foot ARIEL, and a 16' HAWK. Soon afterward came the INVICTA, a 38-footer designed by William Tripp Jr., the first production fiberglass boat to win the Newport-to-Bermuda Race. The lineup at this time also included a few medium sized powerboats.

In 1964, Grumman financed the construction of a 100,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Portsmouth, R.I., and planned to move the company there the following year. At this time, the designer, William Shaw was hired as the Director of Design and Engineering.
At the Portsmouth factory business was booming for Pearson Yachts and Grumman combined the sailboat company with its subsidiary that made aluminum canoes and truck bodies.

But the Pearsons began to chafe at the Grumman corporate culture and they both decided to go their own separate ways. Clinton Pearson bought out Sailstar Boat Co.of West Warwick, R.I. and moved the assets to the factory in Bristol, RI. and created a new company called Bristol Yachts. Everett Pearson joined Neil Tillotson to form Tillotson-Pearson, Inc., (later TPI Composits) which became a major force in industrial uses of fiberglass-reinforced plastics and other, more exotic composites, with a product line including windmill blades, flag poles, subway cars, aquatic therapy pools, and J-Boats, among other sailboats and power boats.

William Shaw was named general manager of the Pearson Yacht Division. Under Shaw's leadership, Pearson Yachts continued it's rapid growth during the late 1960's and early 1970's. The product line continued to expand with new Shaw designed models up to 44 feet.
In 1980, Grumman expanded the Portsmouth plant to 240,000 square feet and the company built ever larger yachts like the Pearson 530 which was the largest the company ever built.
In March 1986, Grumman sold Pearson Yachts to a private investor group headed by Gordon Clayton.
Clayton had also purchased the tooling and rights to built the LASER, SUNFISH, and the entire line of O'Day Corp.

With the recession of 1990 the molds and trademarks were shuffled back and forth between a number of different entities. Grumman repurchased all the assets and then promptly sold everything off in a bankruptcy sale.

PEARSON HID (1972-): PEA
CAL-PEARSON CORPORATION HID (1986-2003): KDG

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NAME/TYPE       LOA First Built
English / Metric
210 29.83' / 9.09m 1946
SUNFISH (INT) 13.83' / 4.22m 1952
TRITON (PEARSON) 28.33' / 8.63m 1958
PLEBE 8.00' / 2.44m 1958
GRUMMAN DINGHY 8.52' / 2.60m 1959
ELECTRA (PEARSON) 22.50' / 6.86m 1960
INVICTA (TRIPP) 37.75' / 11.51m 1960
TIGER CAT 17.00' / 5.18m 1960
HAWK 16 (PEARSON) 16.33' / 4.98m 1961
RHODES 41 (PEARSON) 40.83' / 12.44m 1961
ALBERG 35 34.75' / 10.59m 1961
ENSIGN (PEARSON) 22.50' / 6.86m 1962
ARIEL 26 (PEARSON) 25.58' / 7.80m 1962
PACKET (PEARSON) 18.00' / 5.49m 1963
VANGUARD 33 (PEARSON) 32.58' / 9.93m 1963
INVICTA II (TRIPP) 37.67' / 11.48m 1964
PETREL 12 12.08' / 3.68m 1964
COMMANDER 26 (PEARSON) 26.00' / 7.92m 1964
RESOLUTE 20 (PEARSON) 19.58' / 5.97m 1964
COUNTESS 44 (PEARSON) 44.50' / 13.56m 1965
LARK 24 (PEARSON) 24.00' / 7.32m 1966
COASTER 30 (PEARSON) 30.00' / 9.14m 1966
WANDERER 30 (PEARSON) 30.25' / 9.22m 1966
PEARSON 24 23.50' / 7.16m 1967
RENEGADE 27 (PEARSON) 27.17' / 8.28m 1967
PEARSON 22 22.25' / 6.78m 1968
PEARSON 35 35.00' / 10.67m 1968
GRUMMAN FLYER 16.16' / 4.93m 1968
PEARSON 33 32.92' / 10.03m 1969
PEARSON 300 30.25' / 9.22m 1969
PEARSON 43 42.75' / 13.03m 1969
PEARSON 39 39.25' / 11.96m 1970
PEARSON 26 26.17' / 7.98m 1970
PEARSON 26W 26.17' / 7.98m 1970
PEARSON 30 29.79' / 9.08m 1971
PEARSON 390 39.00' / 11.89m 1972
PEARSON 36 36.52' / 11.13m 1972
PEARSON 10M 33.04' / 10.07m 1973
PEARSON 419 41.75' / 12.73m 1975
PEARSON 28 (1975-80) 28.00' / 8.53m 1975
PEARSON 323 32.25' / 9.83m 1976
PEARSON 365 36.42' / 11.10m 1976
PEARSON 31 31.00' / 9.45m 1977
PEARSON 424 CUTTER 42.33' / 12.90m 1978
PEARSON 36 PILOT HOUSE 36.42' / 11.10m 1978
PEARSON 40 40.00' / 12.19m 1979
PEARSON 32 31.75' / 9.68m 1979
PEARSON 23 23.00' / 7.01m 1979
PEARSON 28 (1980-82) 28.00' / 8.53m 1980
PEARSON 530 53.58' / 16.33m 1981
PEARSON 367 36.42' / 11.10m 1981
PEARSON 424 KETCH 42.33' / 12.90m 1981
FLYER (PEARSON) 29.92' / 9.12m 1981
PEARSON 36 CUTTER 36.42' / 11.10m 1981
PEARSON 37 36.92' / 11.25m 1982
PEARSON 23C 23.00' / 7.01m 1983
PEARSON 34 33.78' / 10.30m 1983
PEARSON 422 42.16' / 12.85m 1983
PEARSON 303 30.29' / 9.23m 1983
TRITON 27 27.00' / 8.23m 1984
PEARSON 385 38.25' / 11.66m 1984
PEARSON 386 38.25' / 11.66m 1984
TRITON 25 25.00' / 7.62m 1984
PEARSON 33-2 32.50' / 9.91m 1985
PEARSON 36-2 36.50' / 11.13m 1985
TRITON 22 22.00' / 6.71m 1985
TRITON 30 29.25' / 8.92m 1985
TRITON 21 21.25' / 6.48m 1985
PEARSON 21 (TRITON 21) 21.00' / 6.40m 1985
PEARSON 28-2 28.46' / 8.67m 1985
PEARSON 25 25.00' / 7.62m 1986
PEARSON 27 (TRITON 27) 27.00' / 8.23m 1986
PEARSON 39-2 39.25' / 11.96m 1986
PEARSON 31-2 30.67' / 9.35m 1987
PEARSON 27 26.92' / 8.21m 1988
PEARSON 37-2 37.42' / 11.41m 1988
PEARSON 34-2 34.50' / 10.52m 1989
PEARSON 38 37.50' / 11.43m 1989
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