Beta Marine

Beta Marine

Sailboat Specifications

Hull Type: Full Keel
Rigging Type: Fractional Sloop
LOA: 6.86 m
LWL: 5.11 m
S.A. (reported): 21.83 m²
Beam: 2.13 m
Displacement: 1,361 kg
Ballast: 544 kg
Max Draft: 0.91 m
Construction: FG
First Built: 1962
Last Built: 1982
# Built: 1776
Builder: Pearson Yachts (USA)
Designer: Carl Alberg

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Headroom: 1.17 m

Sailboat Calculations

S.A. / Displ.: 18.12
Bal. / Displ.: 40.00
Disp: / Len: 284.99
Comfort Ratio: 18.78
Capsize Screening Formula: 1.94
S#: 1.95
Hull Speed: 5.48 kn
Pounds/Inch Immersion: 418.95 pounds/inch

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Rig and Sail Particulars

I: 7.62 m
J: 2.29 m
P: 7.75 m
E: 3.38 m
S.A. Fore: 8.71 m²
S.A. Main: 13.08 m²
S.A. Total (100% Fore + Main Triangles): 21.79 m²
S.A./Displ. (calc.): 18.09
Est. Forestay Length: 7.96 m

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Designers: Carl Alberg
Builders: Pearson Yachts
Associations: Ensign Class - USA
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Related Sailboats: ELECTRA (PEARSON)
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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).