It is said that the design for the Pilot Class was inspired by the New York pilot schooner “George Steers,” named after its designer. Steers was the designer of “America,” winner of the first America’s Cup.
Also built with a Marconi or Schooner rig.
Marconi cutter sail area: 380 ft²
Schooner sail area: 384 ft²
First built is ca. 1935
Photo above is of the Marconi rigged “Indian” built in 1939
Thanks to Jeff Halpern, former “Indian” owner, for sending images and historical information.
Wilf O’Kell, a NZ designer who later moved to Australia.
Also designed to offer a flush deck option.
Sail area above is 100% fore triangle.
Main: 410 ft²
Mizzen: 213 ft²
Genoa: 615 ft²
#1 Jib: 354 ft²
#2 Jib: 190 ft²
Mizzen Stay sail: 460 ft²
Storm Tri sail: 160 ft²
The mast was originally keel stepped with deck step as an option. Later, deck stepped was standard.
Also called HUROMIC 35.
Several 35s were modified to 37 feet with an extended stern overhang and offered with a ketch rig option.
This design pioneered the radius bilge method of forming a metal hull.
Also available as a ketch. (CAPE DORY 30K)
Some were fitted with Farymann or Universal diesels.
(formerly listed as CAPE DORY 30 KETCH)
Also available as a cutter. (CAPE DORY 30C).
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).