About Stormy Petrel

Stormy Petrel is a 1968 Pearson 35 sloop hull number 28. The Pearson 35 was designed by Bill Shaw following the lines of a 24 footer with a keel centerboard named Trina which he designed in 1957 while at Sparkman & Stevens. The 35 was a change for Pearson yachts from using an outside design firm to doing their design work in house. I also believe it was the first keel centerboard boat they produced.

Some of the Specs of the 35 are:

LOA                                        35’0”

LWL                                        25’0”

BEAM                                    10’0”

DRAFT                                   3’9”/7’6”

DISPLACEMENT                               13000#

BALLAST                               4700# INTERNAL LEAD

SAIL AREA                           550 sq ft

More information about the Pearson 35 can be found at www.pearson35.com

And Pearson Yachts at :




We purchased Stormy Petrel in May 1987 in Ocean Gate NJ from her original owner. The ten years prior to 1987 she was neglected sitting on the hard with the mast lying on the bow and stern pulpits on an old wooden cradle. Her topsides were black with mildew her Atomic 4 was seized and all the electronics were from 1968. On the upside the interior which is solid Mahogany was in perfect condition and the sails were stored inside and they were in excellent condition. Thus began a journey of adventures shared with our family of four along with continuous upgrades and maintenance that has lasted for the past 30 years.

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  1. Jealousy reigns.

    Hope the crossing was pleasant

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