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We are a site dedicated to sharing information and knowledge on the Pearson 323. This model is a 32 foot sailing sloop that was built from 1976-1983 by Pearson Yachts. As a seaworthy, affordable, and honest cruising boat, many of these Bill Shaw designed craft are still being enjoyed around the world.

Boat design philosophy is covered here, along with boat specifications, technical information, and a repository of original Pearson documentation. Once you own a P323 you will probably spend time making her more to your liking. There are detailed projects and tips that owners have contributed as shared content. There is an owners database which includes boats by hull number or region and a photo gallery with an album for each boat owner. There is a Captains Forum that is a valuable repository of information for boat owners. We welcome all sailors to register here if you have not done so. is now on the menu as an internet portal for all Pearson Owners, take a Virtual Cruise!


Barefoot - by Ron Wolfgram

Pearson Yachts Inc. - Circa 1977

P323 Brochure

Pearson Yachts Brochure

Here is the text from the original Pearson 323 brochure, followed by all six pages with photos and captions.

The New Pearson 323 is raising a lot of eyebrows. It’s also raising a lot of questions. "How are you going to describe her? She’s so different!" Good Point. So we decided to do it with pictures and let you be the judge of this remarkable new 32 foot cruising machine.
Any beautiful day is made more perfect by this spacious and accommodating 32 footer. Whether you’re off on an extended cruise or a daysail, she’ll turn heads wherever you go.
The chart table opens for storage while the surrounding bulkheads are designed specifically for easy reading of instrumentation.
Lounging under an awning or leaning into it under a full spread sail, the cockpit of the 323 is human engineered to be as comfortable on any angle of sail as she is at rest. Note propane stowage wells.
The galley gourmet will delight in the efficiency built into this sailing kitchen. Serving drinks or a full course meal, you’ll appreciate the thought put into it.
The only rule to which she was designed was the personal rule of Bill Shaw…that a boat should be safe, attractive and a delight to sail.
The new Pearson 323 has a distinct international flavor about her. Different. Fresh and alive. Ready to be judged today for her innovations, and, tomorrow, for the accuracy of her predictions.
What a perfect spot for those fun-filled apres sail hours. Break out the cheese and wine and invite the gang over.
More of a lounge than a berth. A Pearson-designed interior makes living afloat as comfortable as your own den.
Sometimes you’re running a little late. Set the chute and go. You’ll be there sooner than you think.
When all is said and done, fun, relaxation and confidence in your boat is what it’s all about. Come sail with us…
Bill Shaw provides his thinking on the overleaf. And if our photo captions don’t coincide exactly with the advantage you see to a design or construction detail, select the benefit you personally will derive most and let us know. When we say, "Come Sail With Us"… we mean it.
Continental influence is everywhere in the new 323.
Contemporary. Not extreme in any way. Practical, but beautiful.
The 323’s full ends enable our designers to do wonders with the forward stateroom .You find it difficult to believe that you’re aboard a 32-foot boat.
"Now why didn’t they think of that before!" The recessed anchor well forward is only one reason we hear it so often. Clean, neat, tidy and always available.
Comfort the key consideration… The wash basin is there when you need it, tucked away when you don’t.
Do it now… before it’s too late.

P323 Sailplan

The Pearson 323

She's So Different

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