Pearson Commander


A design by the famous naval architect, Carl Alberg, the Pearson Commander is one of my favorite boats, perhaps for having owned one for a number of years. Skylark (hull #216 built in 1965) was my first sailboat and I sailed her all over Lake Michigan, including a month-long cruise to the North Channel of Lake Huron during the summer of 1982. Not intended as a cruiser or a racer, the Commander makes an excellent day sailor with its 9 foot cockpit and seakindly ways. The small cabin has sitting head room, berths for four, and is large enough for cruising if the parties are well acquainted. Looking like a large Ensign, this Alberg design is easy on the eyes and the pocket as they now sell generally in the $5000-$9,000 range and can be found either with an outboard or inboard engine. Related to the Commander by sharing a common hull shape is the Ariel, which has a smaller cockpit and correspondingly larger cabin.   Another Pearson Ariel website
After 19 years, I am once again the owner of a Commander, hull #227, Missing Piece, after the Shel Silverstein children's book.


Pearson Commander was featured boat in May 1999 issue of
Good Old Boat Magazine

Skylark at the Benjamin Islands
"The North Channel"



Other Commanders



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Sail Dimensions
Sail Luff Foot Leech Material Weight Area
Mainsail 27' 0" 11' 11" 29' 4" 5 3/4 oz. 161
No 1 Genoa 30' 6" 17' 0' 30' 3" 5 oz. 245
No 2 Genoa 28' 6" 14' 9" 27' 2" 5 3/4 oz.  
Drifter Genoa 30' 6" 16' 5" 29' 5" 2.2 oz.  
Working Jib 28' 0" 9' 7" 24' 0"   115
Storm Jib 20' 0" 8' 3" 17' 0" 6.5 oz. 70
Spinnaker C C A Nylon  
Spinnaker Staysail 16' 0" 16' 0" 19' 0" 1.5 oz. Nylon  

A weak part of most of the sailboats from this era is the tiller head fitting, which connects the tiller with the rudder shaft.

A drawing of the similar Vanguard tiller head fitting can be found here


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