The Ensign sailboat is the largest class of full keel boats in North America.
It was designed by Carl Alberg and built by Pearson Yachts of Portsmouth,
Rhode Island who manufactured nearly 1800 boats from 1962 through 1983. Its
popularity, rather than declining with the advent of very high performance
boats, has been on a major upswing. We have one of the strongest national
organizations and support fleets from Coast to Coast.
Four Regional Championships, a Midwinter Championship and a National Championship
Regatta are held each year.
The Ensign is 22 and 1/2 feet long, weighs about
3,000 pounds, has a draft of 3 feet and is best raced with a crew of
four. It is favored by former dinghy
sailors and cruisers alike. It has no life lines and therefore can be
sailed with many dingy tactics such as hiking and roll tacking. It is a comfortable
day sailer with a large cockpit. Besides a main and working jib it can
have an inventory of a #1 and # 2 Genoa, a blade and spinnaker. For cruisers
can be equipped with a roller furling genoa.
Using the original molds that the Ensign Class Association purchased from
Pearson Yachts when they went out of business; Ensign Spars, Inc. manufactures
the New Ensign Classic in Dunedin, Florida.
One of the many different ways to trim the mainsheet on this boat is to
use a 4:1 mainsheet system featuring two 57 mm Carbo fiddle blocks
on the boom directly above the trimmer provides powerful two-handed
The stern-mounted traveler features 3:1 controls that lead forward under
deck to a Cam-Matic® cleat for precise, fast trimming.
The vang features a 6:1 cascade inside a 2:1 purchase for a 12:1 mechanical
advantage. This system pivots, allowing crew to adjust tension on either
The cunningham is a cascaded 4:1 system (2:1 inside a 2:1purchase). A
pivoting exit block allows access to the cunningham control line from
either side of the boat.
Ensign Sailboat Parts and Equipment
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