The Pearson Ariel


Pearson ArielThe Pearson Ariel hit the market in 1962, created as a follow-up to the popular Pearson Triton. Designed by Carl Alberg and built by the Pearson Corporation (a subsidiary of Grumman Aircraft Engineering) the Ariel was a smaller, more maneuverable boat while retaining the comfort and amenities introduced by the Triton: 5'10" headroom, berths for four, a sink, icebox, freshwater tank and private head. The boat offered several options including a depth-finder, radio telephone and a powerful inboard engine: the Universal Atomic 4, also available in an outboard model.

440 Ariels were produced between 1962 and 1967, with the majority still sailing today. A Pearson Ariel racing contingent still operates in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Basic Specs

  • Length Overall: 25'-7"
  • Waterline Length: 18'-6"
  • Beam: 8'-0"
  • Draft: 3'-8"
  • Displacement: 5120 lbs.
  • Ballast (lead): 2300 lbs.
  • Sail Area: 307 sq. ft.
Ariel 962 Brochure

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