The Pearson 303, a heavy-displacement masthead sloop, was designed by William Shaw and built in the USA by Pearson Yachts.
Underwater Profile: Fin keel & skeg-hung rudder
Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)
Length Overall: 30'4" (9.2m)
Waterline Length: 23'4" (7.7m)
Beam: 10'11" (3.3m)
Draft: 4'4" (1.3m)
Rig Type: Masthead sloop
Displacement: 10,100lb (4,581kg)
Ballast: 3,500b (1,588kg)
Designer: William Shaw
Builder: Pearson Yachts (USA)
Year First Built: 1983
Year Last Built: 1986
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 15.8
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 34.7
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 276
4. Comfort Ratio: 24.1
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 2.1
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1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 15.8 suggests that the Pearson 303 is slightly underpowered and will need a stiffish breeze to get her going. In light conditions, unless you've got plenty of time on your hands, motor-sailing may be the way to go.
2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 34.7 means that a sailboat like the Pearson 303 (which doesn't have a stiffness-enhancing bulb keel), is likely to benefit from being reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 276 tells us that the Pearson 303 just creeps into the heavy displacement category. You can load her down with all your cruising gear and equipment and it will hardly affect her waterline. A steady and robust choice for coastal sailing, but she'll come into her own on an offshore passage in testing conditions.
4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 24.1 suggests that crew comfort of a Pearson 303 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not the best of news for anyone prone to seasickness.
5. The Capsize Screening Formula of 2.1 tells us that a Pearson 303 would not be as good a choice of sailboat for ocean passage-making, owing to the increased risk of capsize in strong winds and heavy seas when compared to a sailboat with a CSF of less than 2.0.
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