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Hull Type:  Fin Keel Rig Type:  Fractional Sloop
LOA:  22.50' / 6.86m LWL:  16.75' / 5.11m
Beam:  7.00' / 2.13m Listed SA:  245 ft2 / 22.76 m2
Draft (max.)  3.00' / 0.91m Draft (min.)  
Displacement:  3000 lbs./ 1361 kgs. Ballast:  1200 lbs. / 544 kgs.
Sail Area/Disp.1:  18.89 Bal./Disp.:  39.97% Disp./Len.:  284.99
Designer:  Carl Alberg
Builder:  Pearson Yachts (USA)
Construction:  FG Bal. type:  
First Built:  1962 Last Built:  1982 # Built:  1776
RIG AND SAIL PARTICULARS  KEY
I(IG):  25.00' / 7.62m J:  7.50' / 2.29m
P:  25.50' / 7.77m E:  11.12' / 3.39m
PY:   EY:  
ISP:   SPL/TPS:  
SA(Fore.):  93.75 ft2 / 8.71 m2 SA(Main):  141.78 ft2 / 13.17 m2
Sail Area (100% fore+main triangles):   235.53 ft2 / 21.88 m2
Sail Area/Disp.2:  18.16 Est. Forestay Length.:  26.10' / 7.96m
BUILDERS (past & present)
More about & boats built by:   Pearson Yachts
DESIGNER
More about & boats designed by:   Carl Alberg
RELATED LINKS
  Ensign Class - USA  www.ensignclass.com
SEE ALSO:
Related Boat:   ELECTRA (PEARSON)
NOTES
In 1959 Carl Alberg was commissioned by Pearson Yachts to design a 22-foot cruiser suitable for racing in the Midget Ocean Racing Club (MORC). This was the ELECTRA, which had a masthead rig, a small, self-bailing cockpit, and a cabin with galley space, head and bunks. About 350 ELECTRAS were built over the next six years.

Pearson dealers surmised that prospective Electra buyers might prefer the boat with a larger cockpit and smaller cabin. They passed the information along to Pearson, who subsequently asked Alberg to design a day sailor, suitable for one-design racing, based on the ELECTRA hull.

Other changes made included moving the mast six inches s forward, increasing the area of the mainsail, and reducing the height of the fore triangle.

The ELECTRA DAY SAILOR, as it was first called, was an instant success: 219 were sold in the first year (1962). At this time, the first class racing was organized (Fleet #l, out of Larchmont, New York).

The next year saw 213 more boats built and nine more fleets formed - in Houston, Texas; Hingham, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; Huntington and Port Washington, New York, Miami, Florida; Gibson Island, Maryland; and Falmouth, Maine.
The last known builder (2003) was Ensign Spars Inc. of Dunedin, FL (USA).
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