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Seller's Description

1981 Pearson 323 set up for cruising for sale at Burnt Store Marina in Punta Gorda, FL. Veteran of the New England cruising grounds from Cape Cod to Maine, the ICW from New Hampshire to Florida, the Bahamas, and the Florida Keys. We have lived aboard this boat for months at a time with no issues.

Equipment: Many upgrades and improvements by owners

Beta Marine 30 hp 2018 400 hours. Starts right up and runs great. Plenty of power and torque New ZF15MIV transmission 2022 50 hours

Lewmar Windlass new 2022 with wired remote control. Custom installation as 323’s did not come with a windlass. Climate Control 5,000 btu a/c -2015 Garhart swiveling dinghy motor lift to stern rail pad 4 Newfound Metal Stainless steel ports 1 ABI stainless steel port in the galley Custom starboard companionway boards Climate Control Fridge, freezer combo - 2015 Smoke/CO2 alarm - 2022 Interior cushions recovered - 2015 Standing rigging replaced 2010 Raritan hand pump toilet 70 gallons water in 3 tanks. 30 gallons under v-berth: two 20 gallon tanks in salon under seats port and starboard 30 gallon plastic fuel tank- 2018 12 gallon black water plastic tank Raritan 6 gallon water heater Simrad digital radar (currently not working) and Simrad 8 inch chart plotter - 2015 Garmin chart plotter at nav station - 2010 Standard Horizon VHF radio at nav station Raymarine ST60 instruments 3 Caframo fans, 1 in V-berth 2 in cabin 2 175 watt solar panels with Midnight Solar MPPT charger will keep batteries charged for refrigeration and electronics charging use with no problem Xantrax 20 amp battery charger when plugged into shore power 2 new batteries -2022 45 pound Manson Supreme anchor with 50 ft 5/16 chain and 200 ft 5/8 rhode -2015 2 Steel Danforth style secondary anchors New fresh water pump 2022 Black water overboard discharge maceration pump Dual bilge pumps: one 500 gph and secondary Johnson 4000 gph 2 winch handles 2 Lewmar 42 winches for jib lines 3 Lewmar 16 winches for halyard and reefing lines. Quantam 130% jib, Rolly Tasker 3 reef main - both in great shape. Teak fold down cockpit table with cover New Magma grill 2022 Dive tank holders for 3 tanks, a steel 80 can fit under helm seat for 4 dive tanks Fabricated Bimini Sunbrella canvas dodger, main sail and helm Cover -2015 Rounded helm seat with cushion - 2015 Sunbrella cushions for cockpit with foam that does not hold water and can be used in an emergency as flotation-2015 Wheems and Plaithe Time and Tide clock Electric 2 burner induction stove top, will not heat up cabin Electric convection oven Dual fuel filter filtration with selectable filters choose either one singly or both at the same time 12 volt fuel pump for priming after filter changes or emergency if mechanical pump on engine goes out Stainless steel propeller shaft 1 1/4 inch Bronze, 3 blade fixed pitch propellor

4 foot folding stainless steel, jib rail mounted swim ladder, starboard side-2017

Always USCG registered

Spares include fuses, fuel and oil filters, impellor etc.

Current slip at Burnt Store Marina available with sale

Needs cosmetic work and bottom paint

We have two sailboats so it’s time to pass along Wind Drifter to another happy owner!


William Shaw
Pearson Yachts
# Built


Length Overall
31 11 / 9.8 m
Waterline Length
27 5 / 8.4 m
10 5 / 3.2 m
4 5 / 1.4 m
12,800 lb / 5,806 kg
4,500 lb / 2,041 kg (Lead)

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
477′² / 44.3 m²
Total Sail Area
477′² / 44.3 m²
Sail Area
194′² / 18 m²
35 11 / 11 m
10 9 / 3.3 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
284′² / 26.3 m²
41 0 / 12.5 m
13 10 / 4.2 m
Forestay Length
43 3 / 13.2 m

Auxilary Power

Atomic 4
Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
30 gal / 114 l
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
70 gal / 265 l
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
7.6 kn
Classic: 7.03 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

7.55 knots
Classic formula: 7.03 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
<16: under powered

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
<40: less stiff, less powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
200-275: moderate

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
<2.0: better suited for ocean passages

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising

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