The Pearson 323, a moderate-to heavy displacement cruiser, 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: 32'3" (9.8m)
Waterline Length: 27'6" (8.4m)
Beam: 10'0" (3.1m)
Draft: 4'6" (1.4m)
Rig Type: Masthead sloop
Displacement: 12,800lb (5,806kg)
Ballast: 4,500lb (2,041kg)
Designer: William Shaw
Builder: Pearson Yachts (USA)
Year First Built: 1976
Year Last Built: 1983
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 14.0
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 35.2
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 275
4. Comfort Ratio: 31.8
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.7
Read more about these Key Performance Indicators...
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 14.0 suggests that the Pearson 323 will need a stiff 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 35.2 means that a sailboat like the Pearson 323 (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 275 tells us the Pearson 323 is a moderate-to-heavy displacement cruiser, which means she'll carry all your cruising gear without it having a dramatic effect on her performance. Maybe not an ideal choice for coastal sailing, but she'll come into her own on an offshore passage in lively conditions.
4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 31.8 suggests that crew comfort of a Not an ideal choice for coastal sailing, but she'll come into her own on an offshore passage in testing conditions. in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a moderate bluewater cruising boat - a predictable and acceptable motion for most seasoned sailors.
5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.7 indicates that a Pearson 323 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0.
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