ENSIGN (PEARSON)

ENSIGN (PEARSON) insignia ENSIGN (PEARSON) drawing

Sailboat Specifications


Hull Type:
Fin Keel
Rigging Type:
Fractional Sloop
LOA:
22.50 ft / 6.86 m
LWL:
16.75 ft / 5.11 m
Beam:
7.00 ft / 2.13 m
S.A. (reported):
245.00 ft2 / 22.76 m2
Draft (max):
3.00 ft / 0.91 m
Draft (min):
Displacement:
3,000 lb / 1,361 kg
Ballast:
1,200 lb / 544 kg
S.A./Disp.:
18.89
Bal./Disp.:
40.00
Disp./Len.:
284.99
Construction:
FG
Ballast Type:
First Built:
1962
Last Built:
1982
# Built:
1776
Builder:
Pearson Yachts (USA)
Designer:
Carl Alberg
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Sailboat Calculations

S.A./Disp.:
18.89
Bal./Disp.:
40.00
Disp./Len.:
284.99
Comfort Ratio:
18.78
Capsize Screening Formula:
1.94

Rig and Sail Particulars

I:
25.00 ft / 7.62 m
J:
7.50 ft / 2.29 m
P:
25.42 ft / 7.75 m
E:
11.08 ft / 3.38 m
SPL/TPS:
ISP:
S.A. Fore:
93.75 ft2 / 8.71 m2
S.A. Main:
140.83 ft2 / 13.08 m2
S.A. Total (100% Fore + Main Triangles)
234.58 ft2 / 21.79 m2
S.A./Disp. (calc.):
18.09
Est. Forestay Len.:
26.10 ft / 7.96 m

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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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