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    Mar 2006
    Havre de Grace, MD

    Ariel #258 on E-bay "Rum Runner"

    Lots of goodies in the description

    Copied from the e-bay auction:

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    RUM RUNNER is a great sailboat to cruise weekends, engage in fun family racing, or just to find a quiet harbor for a family outing.

    Clearly this is what the Pearson designer had in mind, an easy to manage family cruising boat that is able to accommodate a family of four comfortably — and still remain competitive in your club races from time to time.

    RUM RUNNER is a modified full keel design by Carl Alberg built by Pearson Yachts of Bristol, RI. She is a slightly smaller version of the very popular 1959 28 ft. Pearson Triton with the head moved between the Vee-berths and the bunks in the main saloon extended under the galley on the starboard side and the icebox to port.

    Once you win RUM RUNNER you can join the active Pearson Ariel Association at http://www.pearsonariel.org/

    Sisterships are currently selling for $5,000-$8,500 on Yachtworld!!


    L.O.A. - 25' 7 "
    L.W.L. - 18' 6 "
    Beam - 8' 0 "
    Deep Draft - 3' 8 "
    Displacement - 5120 lbs.
    Ballast - 2500 lbs.
    Sail Area - 305 sq. ft.
    Main 155
    ForeTri 150
    5' 11" headroom
    Berths - 4
    Hull speed - 5.76
    PHRF - 261
    Production - 1962-1967


    A few paragraphs below are from the original typed letter by Pearson Corporation that came with all Ariels when they were sold in 1965 as a new boat.

    "In 1959 the Pearson Corporation exhibited the first Triton in the New York Boat Show. This 26 foot fiberglass auxiliary marked the beginning of a new era in the sport of sailing. So good was the reception of the Triton that it soon became evident that a slightly smaller version of the Triton would be desirable. The basic requirements had to be as nearly as possible that of the Triton. This became a real challenge since something had to give and it couldn't be the dimensions of the human body. Carl Alberg, a past master of this sort of thing accepted the challenge and after one look at his plans we were ready to build. The changes were very simple. The separate compartment for the head was eliminated and the head itself was moved forward between the V berths in the forward cabin. The bunks in the main cabin were extended under the galley area on one side and other the icebox on the other. The other interior appointments were so compact and well planned that it is difficult to imagine any alternative arrangement.

    All that remained was to name this little cruiser. So much enthusiasm was displayed by all concerned that a decision became a major problem. This problem was quickly and simply solved however by one of our fine dealers who sent in the suggestion, "Ariel" (together with a substantial order.) There was no further discussion.

    Thus the Ariel was designed, built and christened. It is interesting to note that although the first Ariel was not completed until early spring (thereby missing the major boat shows) the entire production of 60 boats for that year was sold out and all indications are that she will follow in the footsteps of her now famous big sister the Triton.....

    Pearson Corporation"

    Owners Manual for Pearson Ariel
    The Ariel Association has published a revised Owners Manual and Maintenance Guide. The new Second Edition of the Guide includes extensive discussions of Ariel and Commander maintenance requirements, factory drawings of original Pearson hardware, sources of original vendor-supplied hardware, a list of suitable replacement suppliers and guides for several custom modifications.

    Improvements in the Second Edition include: A table of contents and index. There are also more illustrations, and in addition to copies of the Pearson drawings, there are several by Carl Alberg, including drawings of the Commander. Please contact them at: http://www.pearsonariel.org/.

    If you’re looking for an excellent used family cruiser that can still be competitive and fun to race— this Pearson Ariel fits the bill!

    Bid on this one and enjoy! Good Luck!


    Hull #258

    Tiller steering ornately decorated with line for good grip (see Photo)
    Blue FG Hull in GC, no apparent blisters

    Mast: anodized aluminum alloy with internal track section,
    Boom: anodized aluminum alloy with internal track section
    Roller reefing
    Fixed gooseneck
    Tapered wooden spinnaker pole
    Cockpit Combing: 2 ea. Bronze top action, flat handle

    Outboard well - Ballast compensated (OUTBOARD NOT INCLUDED)

    1ea Main - Hood, OE Unknown Condition
    1ea Sail - Ratsey & Lapthorn City Island, NY, Unknown Condition
    3ea Sails -Unknown Condition probably Murphy & Nye

    1ea Wind scoop

    V-Berth can be closed with door
    Cushions in good condition some stitching may be needed

    Comfortable fabric cushions with storage under
    Hanging lockers
    Teak drawers & Lockers

    Water - forward under V-Berth
    Waste - integral with porta-potti

    Danforth Anchor w/ 3/4 anchor line and chain

    1ea. Horseshoe Type IV
    Misc lifejackets

    Porta-Pottie in Vee-Berth
    Opening Port

    Single burner Butane stove w/ cartridge
    SS Sink w/ manual pump pressure cold water faucet
    Large icebox

    Manual diaphragm bilge pump
    Electric Bilge pump
    Water fill deck fittings
    Large cockpit drains

    Set of working lines in various conditions.

    Sansui Stereo with 7" stereo speakers in Saloon
    Fused switch panel
    Eagle Ultranav with transducers
    Knotmeter - Forward Cockpit bulkhead mounted
    VHF w/ masthead antenna
    Fused switch panel
    Cigarette Lighter outlet
    Overhead dome light over galley
    Bulkhead mounted 12VDC single light fixtures
    International Navigation Lights

    Ritchie 3.5" Deck mounted Compass

    4ea Lg. Fenders
    Heel gage
    Louvered Teak Companionway door
    Teak cockpit grating
    Single life lines
    SS Stern rail
    SS Bow Pulpit
    Steel Boat Cradle is included
    Dinghy is included
    #97 "Absum!"

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    Orinda, California

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    Mar 2006
    Havre de Grace, MD
    oops, forgot that, thanks bill.
    #97 "Absum!"

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