Catalog: The Ensign Story

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 The Ensign Story
by Lionel Taylor

 Trade paperback, 168 pages w / photos
 ISBN 978-0-9758699-9-4
 The Ensign Story - celebrating the Ensign and Ensign Sailors
At long last, a book that tells the tale of the "little big boat," the Ensign, the one-design sloop about which almost
every sailor has a story to tell.

 Designed by Carl Alberg and built by Pearson Yachts, the Ensign debuted at the 1962 New York Boat Show.  
The new boat featured long bow and stern overhangs, a flat sheerline, low freeboard, slab-sided topsides
and a cutaway full keel with attached rudder.  The Ensign had the luxury of a long, deep cockpit with mahogany
coaming boards and a small cuddy with optional head and two bunks.  The sole and seats were teak, and the sail area was 275 square feet. 
Needless to say, the Ensign was a success, and nearly 45 years later remains North America's largest class of full-keel, one-design sailboats.

About the Author
Lionel W. Taylor
is a retired professional engineer who has been skippering yachts of all sizes for more than 65 years. 
A freelance marine writer, he is the proud owner of Spindrift (Ensign 563), which he sails from his home in Groton Long Point, Connecticut.

About the Contributor
Everett Pearson
is a familiar name to most boat owners.  Along with his cousin Clinton Pearson, they founded Pearson Yachts in the 1950s
and are credited with launching the era of fiberglass production sailboats.



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