Pearson 22


The Pearson 22 is an American trailerable sailboat that was designed by William Shaw as a racer-cruiser and first built in 1968.[1][2][3]

Pearson 22
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DesignerWilliam Shaw
LocationUnited States
Builder(s)Pearson Yachts
NamePearson 22
Boat weight2,600 lb (1,179 kg)
Draft3.42 ft (1.04 m)
LOA22.25 ft (6.78 m)
LWL18.50 ft (5.64 m)
Beam7.75 ft (2.36 m)
Engine typeoutboard motor
Hull appendages
Keel/board typefin keel
Ballast1,000 lb (454 kg)
Rudder(s)skeg-mounted/internally-mounted spade-type/transom-mounted rudder
Rig typeBermuda rig
I foretriangle height24.20 ft (7.38 m)
J foretriangle base9.20 ft (2.80 m)
P mainsail luff23.00 ft (7.01 m)
E mainsail foot9.30 ft (2.83 m)
Sailplanfractional rigged sloop
Mainsail area106.95 sq ft (9.936 m2)
Jib/genoa area11.32 sq ft (1.052 m2)
Total sail area218.27 sq ft (20.278 m2)


The design was built by Pearson Yachts in the United States from 1968 until 1972, but it is now out of production.[1][3][4]


The Pearson 22 is a recreational keelboat, built predominantly of fiberglass with a balsa-cored deck. It has a fractional sloop rig, a raked stem, a slightly reverse transom, an internally mounted spade-type rudder controlled by a tiller and a fixed swept fin keel. It displaces 2,600 lb (1,179 kg) and carries 1,000 lb (454 kg) of ballast.[1][3]

The boat has a draft of 3.42 ft (1.04 m) with the standard keel and is normally fitted with a small 3 to 6 hp (2 to 4 kW) outboard motor for docking and maneuvering.[1][3]

The design has sleeping accommodation for four people, with a double "V"-berth in the bow cabin and two straight settee berths in the main cabin. The galley is located on both sides just aft of the bow cabin. The galley is equipped with an optional stove and a sink. The head is located in the bow cabin under the "V"-berth. Cabin headroom is 50 in (127 cm).[1][3]

The design has a PHRF racing average handicap of 246 and a hull speed of 5.8 kn (10.7 km/h).[3]

Operational historyEdit

In a 2010 review Steve Henkel wrote, "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 She was discontinued after four years, superseded by slightly larger cruisers like the Pearson 26.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 comp[etitor]s, 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."[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e McArthur, Bruce (2021). "Pearson 22 sailboat". Archived from the original on 4 October 2021. Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  2. ^ McArthur, Bruce (2021). "William Shaw 1926 - 2006". Archived from the original on 13 March 2021. Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Henkel, Steve: The Sailor's Book of Small Cruising Sailboats, page 189. International Marine/McGraw-Hill, 2010. ISBN 978-0-07-163652-0
  4. ^ McArthur, Bruce (2021). "Pearson Yachts 1958 - 1990". Archived from the original on 28 November 2021. Retrieved 7 October 2021.