The Pearson Ariel was designed by renowned naval architect Carl Alberg in 1961. Alberg was apparently a stubborn old Swede as the Ariel, much like his other designs, is traditional and conservative. It also quite a looker. Walking around the boatyard she stands out among the beamy, top-sidey, fin-keeled boats that predominate modern production yachts. She is narrow, with 8 feet of beam, which makes her relatively modest 3 ft 8 in draft appear deeper. She has a generous sweeping sheerline and a shapely transom.
The Ariel was designed as the more famous Pearson Triton’s smaller sibling. From a distance they look almost identical, although the Ariel can be distinguished by its masthead sloop rig, compared to the Triton’s fractional. At 25’6″ long and displacing 5700 lbs, she’s heavy for her length, which reportedly gives her an easy motion at sea. Originally designed as a racer/cruiser, there have been some significant voyages aboard the Ariel, including a crossing to Hawaii from California. Our own hull #412 has supposedly been to Bermuda, which is an impressive voyage for boat of her size.
Here are her particulars:
LOA: 25.58′ LWL: 18.50′
Beam: 8.00′ Listed SA: 305 ft2
Draft (max.) 3.70′
Disp. 5700 lbs Ballast: 2500 lbs.
SA/Disp.: 15.34 Bal./Disp.: 43.85% Disp./Len.: 401.89
Designer: Carl Alberg
Builder: Pearson Yachts (USA)
Bal. type: Lead
First Built: 1962 Last Built: 1966 # Built: 440