The Pearson 323

The Pearson 323 Sailing Vessel is 32 feet long overall with a beam just over 10 feet. She is a compact cruiser rigged as a masthead sloop that has withstood the test of time. With many attributes found in larger cruising boats, such as an encapsulated keel and skeg hung rudder, she is a real boat, well built for coastal cruising or passagemaking. Here you will find the boat's specifications, performance numbers, drawings, and external links to OEM retailers.


P323 By The Numbers


LOA (Overall Length) 32'.3" [9.83 m]
LWL (Waterline Length) 27' 6" [8.38 m]
Beam 10' 2.75" [3.12 m]
Draft 4' 5" [1.35 m]
Displacement 12,800 lbs [5,806 kg]
Ballast 4,500 lbs [2,041 kg]
Sail Area 478 sq ft [44.4 m²]
Mast Height (above D.W.L.) 45' 4” [13.8 m]
Cockpit Length 8' 0" [2.45m]
Auxillary Power Diesel or Gasoline
Foretriangle Area 283 sq ft
Mainsail Area 194 sq ft
I – Foretriangle Height I = 41.0'
J – Foretriangle Base J = 13.8'
P – Mainsail Hoist P = 36.0'
E – Mainsail Foot E = 10.8'
*approximate from Pearson Yachts

Technical Data

Designer Bill Shaw
Years Built 1978 – 1983
Hull Speed 7.03 Knots
SA/D – Sail Area to Displacement 14 (Medium performance ocean cruiser)
DLR or D/L – Displacement to Length Ratio 275 (light heavyweight)
BR – Ballast Ratio 36% (Average Stability)
L/B – Length to Ballast 3.15
LWL/B – Waterline Length to Ballast 2.68
OR – Overhang Ratio 15% (Low)
CSF – Capsize Screening Formula 1.75 (Ocean Cruiser)
MCR – Motion Comfort Ratio 30.6 (Low end of Ocean Cruiser)
M/F – Main to Foretriangle Ratio 0.69
PHRF (avg) – Performance Handicap Rating 180

OEM Boat Systems

the Boat

You may be interested in what was going through my head when I was designing the new 323. In a nutshell... the young adults of America, to my way of thinking, are bringing an exiting new dimension to sailing. A dimension that reflects their attitudes - lifestyle, values and approach to their leisure time activities. Be it skiing, surfing, camping, canoeing, or sailing, the younger generation is doing things with a flair that cannot be denied. They're seeking quality, style, performance, informality, resale value, and no hassles.
Then too, after a couple of my recent trips to the continent, I came away impressed with some of the international styling and innovation. Functional, pleasing touches that, in my opinion, deserved consideration. So I set about to design an honest cruising boat with youthful ideas and an international flavor. The 323's underbody configuration is as modern as her profile is traditional. To look fast is one thing. To go fast in comfort is quite another. After all, the water is only concerned with what it touches. The combination gave me a big, roomy 32-footer that really gets up and goes. But to look classic doesn't mean you have to leave out fresh ideas, so the 323 has a lot of refinements like a recessed anchor well forward, compartments aft for propane gas cylinders and 6-man life raft, a molded-in chart table, smoked windows, an accent stripe around the coachroof, and a number of other refinements both above and below decks that I consider real progress in both design and construction.
Oh, one more thing. With the price of things today climbing the rigging, I had to develop some procedures that would maintain or improve our quality while holding or reducing costs. We did that too. So take a real close look at our new 323. She features the best of international design for today's young at heart.
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