Early and smallest Pearson racercruiser

Foot Sailboat Plans

22' o" 22' 3" 18' 6" 3' 5" 29' 7"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 38%

Bill Shaw Pearson Yachts 1968-1972 217 sq. ft. portable portable

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

22' o" 22' 3" 18' 6" 3' 5" 29' 7"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 38%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

Bill Shaw Pearson Yachts 1968-1972 217 sq. ft. portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 3,800 lbs.

Pearson's literature bills this boat as "to sailing what a sports car is to driving—a high performance . . . beautifully balanced design that puts fun into getting there . . . took the season championship although she was the smallest boat in her fleet . . . headed for one-design racing in many areas." In hindsight, it appears that reality did not match the brochure writer's dreams. She was discontinued after four years, superseded by slightly larger cruisers like the Pearson 26. Best features: With more ballast, lower center of gravity, and the highest D/L ratio versus her otherwise very similar comps, the Pearson 22 is probably the stiffest boat in the group. That may make her fastest too, sailing without handicap, at least in a moderate breeze. (Her PHRF rating indicates she's fastest, too.) Worst features: She's neither wide nor tall down below, giving her relatively low points on the Space Index scale. The outboard engine controls are far aft of the cockpit, and the prop is beyond the counter stern, which would make us worry about prop cavitation when hobby horsing in a seaway.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head-

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Starwind 22

22' o"

7' 9"

1' 11"

2,6oo

775

17.6

169

273

5.8

12.8

346

5

4' 9"

Pearson 22

22' o"

7' 9"

3' 5"

2,6oo

1,ooo

18.4

183

246

5.8

13.3

298

4

4' 2"

Seaward 23 (22)

21' 9"

8' 4"

2' 1"

2,7oo

9oo

19.8

138

285

5.8

11.3

325

4

4' 8"

Bristol Caravel 22

22' o"

7' 9"

2' 6"

2,85o

1,150

16.4

172

288

5.8

14.1

322

4

4' 0"

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