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    1968 Pearson 35
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    Gloucester, Virginia, United States
    1968 Pearson 35
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    Gloucester, Virginia, United States
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    Gloucester, Virginia, United States
    1968 Pearson 35
    $13,500 USD

1968 Pearson P-35

Gloucester, Virginia, United States
$13,500 USD

The owner bought this boat in 2012

General condition and any additional information

As anyone will tell you, the Pearson 35 is a sought after and extremely capable boat. Hull number 31 is no exception. She has been upgraded and maintained by the current owners and used regularly with many wonderful sailing days logged. The time has come to move up, however, and it is with much sadness that she is being offered to a good home. The price reflects the desire for her to move fast and offers will be considered. Sailing her is truly a wonderful experience and she has many years of great sailing left in her. Please email for more details, or better yet to come see for yourself a classic.

Standard features

Westerbeke 21 diesel engine Lewmar self tailing winches Harken traveler Profurl roller furling Centerboard Full batten main sail with jiffy reefing Lazy jacks

Extra gear included

Garmin chartplotter VHF with RAM mic Autopilot Wind speed and direction instrument Depth and speed log Compass Dock lines, fenders and shore power cord 135 genoa 145 genoa with newly stitched sun cover Drifter Storm Jib Sail and helm covers Thick V berth cushions

Improvements to the hull, deck, rigging, engine, or interior

Kiwi Grip non skid Epiphanes enamel paint on cabin New fuel tank (25 gallons) New running rigging Brand new quartz countertops throughout (2020) with new sinks and faucets New Harken traveler New Jabsco marine head Lectra San with Y-valve New bottom paint (2020) Dripless stuffing box

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William Shaw
Pearson Yachts
# Built


Length Overall
35 0 / 10.7 m
Waterline Length
25 0 / 7.6 m
10 0 / 3.1 m
3 8 / 1.1 m 7 6 / 2.3 m
13,000 lb / 5,897 kg
5,400 lb / 2,449 kg (Lead)

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
549′² / 51 m²
Total Sail Area
549′² / 51 m²
Sail Area
269′² / 25 m²
35 5 / 10.8 m
15 1 / 4.6 m
Mast Height
44 5 / 13.6 m
Sail Area
280′² / 26 m²
40 8 / 12.4 m
13 8 / 4.2 m
Forestay Length
42 11 / 13.1 m

Auxilary Power

Atomic 4
Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
42 gal / 159 l
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
130 gal / 492 l
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
6.7 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
under powered
stiffer, more powerful
Comfort Ratio
moderate bluewater cruising boat
Capsize Screening
better suited for ocean passages


From BlueWaterBoats.org:

Pearson Yachts was founded in 1959 in Rhode Island, USA by cousins Clinton and Everett Pearson with their introduction of the first mass production fiberglass sailboat, the Triton 28. During the company’s first era, Pearson Yachts worked with the famous designers in the world to introduce indelible classics that are admired still today. Then they switched to in-house designs and produced a prolific number of winners over the years. The Pearson 35, introduced in 1968, is one of the most popular of their in-house designs with a 14 year production run and over 500 hulls molded. Featured as one of Gregg Nesto’s twenty affordable sailboats to take you anywhere, she is well regarded especially by shoal water sailors along the US Atlantic Coast for her 3′ 9″ board up draft.

Bill Shaw had taken over the design wing of Pearson Yachts and penned this 35-footer as a direct replacement for an often confused 35-foot Carl Alberg classic which was in production from 1964 until 1968. Shaw’s Pearson 35 has 7′ 6″ centerboard and 3′ 9″ full keel arrangement with connected rudder. She draws inspiration from the CCA rules of the day with her long overhangs, graceful sheer, and modest freeboard, and narrow beam by today’s standards. She is quite heavy with her 371 D/L ratio but has a respectable 15.9 SA/D ratio for light wind. At first Pearson advertise her as having racing potential, but as the IOR rules came into vogue they squarely branded her as a cruiser.

The construction is a solid fiberglass hull with a balsa cored deck to reduce weight up high. The 5,400 pounds of lead ballast is distributed in the full keel cavity while the centerboard is fiberglass laminate. Pearson used molded liners overhead and pans below to provide the interior structure and rigidity. Wood gran or off white plastic laminates fit out the interior bulkheads, ceilings, and cabinetry. Aloft is a 44′ 6″ clearance sloop or yawl rig, stepped on deck, and supported below by a weight-bearing bulkhead. Mark I interiors feature a combination dinette / double berth portside aft. Post 1975, they eliminated the the dinette in favor of a true transom berth.

Under sail her best performance is reaching though if you reef the main and jib appropriately she can to windward well. Her 10-foot beam makes tender at first. At 30 degrees she locks in, takes advantage of her CCA overhangs, and has soft motion in a seaway. She has weathered heavy storms and 20-foot seas before coming back to harbor in great shape. In chop, expect some amount of hobbyhorsing because her short waterline length.

Of particular concern on this vintage 35’s is the balsa cored deck. Balsa cored construction was in its infancy during the late 1960’s and 1970’s led by Canada’s C&C and USA’s Pearson Yachts. Pearson’s processes for glassing around deck hardware and the main mast were not in full bloom. The mast is especially a concern as a wet core could jeopardize the integrity of the supporting bulkhead. Later models in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s are known to have cosmetic blister issues due to that era’s boat pox.

Pearson Yachts ceased production of Shaw’s 35-footer in 1982 and all operations in 1991. Slightly over 500 Pearson 35’s were built.

Links, References and Further Reading

» Pearson 35: A popular, well-aged, shoal-draft cruiser, Twenty Affordable Sailboats To Take You Anywhere, Gregg Nesto
» Pearson 35, Boat Reviews by Jack Hornor
» The Pearson 35′ Sloop, Boating Magazine, Syd Rogers, April 1968
» Pearson History, Good Old Boat, Steve Mitchell



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