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Seller's Description

1985 Pearson 28-2 Fin keel 410 draft Yanmar 2gm runs well unknown hours New exhaust elbow 2020 Fuel tank pulled and cleaned 2020 Martec folding propeller refurbished June 2022 $500 Just hauled March 2024 Cutlas bearing Shaft packing Zinc Interlux ultra 4 coats Oil change Fuel filters Should go the next 8-10 years needing only oil changes fuel filters and bottom paint. Engine mounts in great shape.

2021 haul Back to gelcoat Extensive blister repair, all blisters ground out and filled with fiberglass cloth Hull and keel fairing total boat epoxy fairing compound 4 gallons, 5 coats of seahawk epoxy barrier coat Interlux ultra hard bottom paint Rudder bearings

Most of the interior has been revarnished Soft spot around front cleat repaired glass added to underside of the deck for extra strength. Stanchions and pulpit rebed Hatches and 1/2 portlights rebed

The Pearson 28-2 makes a great first big boat it has a diesel and all the accommodations. Head with shower and queen aft birth. Galley and pressurized water All of the systems are there just in a small easy to manage package. The boat easily motors at 6 knts.

This boat sails like a dream, Ive placed 2nd, first and 2nd the last 3 years in the Ocracoke regatta distance race. The first year was a photo finish, maybe one boat length.

Ive had a ton of fun on it and its been used regularly. However its time to go up to accommodate my growing children. Again I cant stress enough how well this boat handles, both under sail and motor. It balances really well and is

Equipment: 2 135 headsails, both Triradial laminate second was sent as replacement due to cosmetic defects in the first. 2023 and 2022 deliveries. Both are in great shape but one has lots of mildew Main has 5 seasons, Dacron, still plenty of life left. Cruising asymmetrical spinnaker with sock 2021 Symmetrical spinnaker unknown age Spinnaker pole Raymarine c95 9 chart plotter 2010ish Raymarine i70 depth speed and temp Raymarine evo autopilot, p70 display older wheel drive unit rebuilt works great Lifepo 140 ah battery and 40amp dc:dc charger



William Shaw
Pearson Yachts
# Built
FG/balsa core deck


Length Overall
27 11 / 8.5 m
Waterline Length
24 5 / 7.5 m
9 7 / 2.9 m
4 9 / 1.5 m
7,000 lb / 3,175 kg
2,550 lb / 1,157 kg (Lead)

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
383′² / 35.6 m²
Total Sail Area
383′² / 35.5 m²
Sail Area
172′² / 15.9 m²
31 11 / 9.7 m
10 9 / 3.3 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
211′² / 19.6 m²
37 6 / 11.4 m
11 3 / 3.4 m
Forestay Length
39 1 / 11.9 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
18 gal / 68 l
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
25 gal / 95 l
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
7.7 kn
Classic: 6.63 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

7.71 knots
Classic formula: 6.63 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
16-20: good performance

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
<20: lightweight racing 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 coastal cruising

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


Shoal draft: 3.50’ / 1.07m
Disp.: 7350 lbs./3334 kgs
Not to be confused with an earlier PEARSON 28, also by Shaw, and discontinued in 1982.

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