28' PEARSON SPECIFICATIONS:

Triton
Pearson 28-1
Pearson 28-2

The Specifications data below comes from 1975 & 76/77 79 & 81 Pearson Sales Brochures and information provided by Lee Kennedy, Mike Eveleth and Mark Petrush. Brochures on the 64 Triton & 85-89 P-28 models were provided by Don Thomas. IJPE dimensions for the 85-89 were provided by Paul Brennesholtz (*P) from a Pearson blueprint. I would love to recieve any additional information on any data or models not shown here.

According to Mauch's Sailboat Guide VII, a moderatly long keel Pearson Triton 28/286 was made from 1959 TO 1967 (Mauch's information is often incorrect).

The fin keeled Pearson 28's (P-28-1) were made from 1975-1982. It appears that Pearson did not make any 28's from 1983-84. The P-28-2 models were made from 1985-89. Mauch's shows drawings of the 85-89 model, but describes it with a keel stepped mast which only true of the models prior to 1985 (See, I told you Mauch's is often incorrect).

SPECS Triton 59-67 1975 HULL 1-30 1976-82 1985-89
LOA 28.5 28.0 = 28.46
DWL 20.5 24.0 = 24.37
BEAM 8.25 9.25 = 9.83
DRAFT 4.0 4.5 5.0 4.83/3.5
DISPLACEMENT 6930 7850 = 7000
BALLAST 3019-L 3530 = 2550-L/2900-I
BALLAST/DISP. %44% 45% = 36%/41%
SAIL AREA 371-S/382.5-Y 418/395*A = 384
JIB 140 219 = 219
MAIN 231 176 = 176
I (Jb Ht) ? 36.5 = 37.5*P
J (Jb Ft) ? 11.85 = 11.25*P
P (Mn Ht) 33.0 32.0 = 31/92*P
E (Mn Ft) 14.0 11.0 = 10.75*p
MAST HT ABV DWL ? 41.83 = 41.9?
HEADROOM ? 6-0 = 6-1.5
COCKPIT LENGTH ? 7-0 = 6-11
POWER A4 GAS A4 GAS OTBD *B Diesel
FUEL CAPACITY 24 14 14-22 18
WATER CAP 27 22 = 25
PHRF NE* ? 195 192 180
Sailing CategoryR/C R/C = C/R
CAPSIZE RATIO *C 1.73 1.86 = 2.06
HULL SPEED, KNOTS *C6.1 6.6 - 6.6
SA/DISP *C 16.33 16.93 = 16.79
DISP/LWL *C 359 254 = 216
LWL/BEAM *C 2.485 2.595 = 2.479
MOTION COMFORT *C 27.95 24.7 = 20.00
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= means this data is equal to the column to the left.

? Data not available.

S Sloop

Y Yawl

L Lead

I Iron

OTBD Outboard

PHRF ratings vary around the country and by spinniker/non spinniker class.

*A Figures in sail plan (395) disagree with spec's (418), 418# should be used in calculator.

*B Gas or diesel inboard optional

*C Data provided by Carl's Sailing Calculator phadler"at"eastnet.educ.ecu.edu {COMMENT: Some of these calculations are controversial so don't take them as gospel. For example, I find it odd that the ballast is not used in these calculations, only the displacement. RD}

Sailing Category: The four categories are racer, racer/cruiser, cruiser/racer, and cruiser in order of descending performance

Capsize Ratio: A value less than 2 is considered to be relatively good; the boat should be relatively safe in bad conditions. The higher the number above 2 the more vulnerable the boat. This is just a rough figure of merit and controversial as to its use.

Hull Speed: This is the maximum speed of a displacement hull. Some racers and lighter boats are able to achieve greater speed by lifting over the bow wave and riding on top of the water,that is, planing.

SailAreaToDisplacement: The sail area is the total of the main sail and the area of the front triangle. I cannot be sure that this datum was entered correctly for each listed boat. A racing boat typically has large sail area and low displacement. A number less than 13 probably indicates that the boat is a motorsailer. High performance boats would be around 18 or higher.

DisplacementToLWL: A medium value would be 200. 300 would be high (Heavy Cruising Boat) and 100 would be low (Ultra Light Displacement-ULDB). Boats with low numbers are probably uncomfortable and difficult to sail

LengthWaterLineToBeam: A medium value would be 2.7. 3.0 would be high and 2.3 would be low

MotionComfort: Range will be from 5 to 60+ with a Whitby 42 at the mid 30's. The higher the number the more comfort in a sea {??I've been told that numbers in the mid range are actually better. RD} This figure of merit was developed by the Yacht designer Ted Brewer.

The Pearson Line of 28' LOA Sailboats

First generation: Pearson Triton, modified full keel(1959-66)

Second Generation: Pearson 28, fin keel (1975-82)

Third Generation: Pearson 28, fin keel (1985-89)





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