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Class Description

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 it 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.


Mainsheet System

Mainsheet
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 with high-load ball bearings for low-friction operation. A pivoting exit block mounted on the boom directly above the trimmer provides powerful two-handed sheeting.


Traveler System

Mainsheet Traveler
The stern-mounted traveler features 3:1 controls that lead forward under deck to a Cam-Matic® cleat for precise, fast trimming.

Boom Vang/Cunningham

Boom Vang
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 tack.

Cunningham
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


We at Layline strive to be your source for Ensign Sailboat Parts and Equipment and all sailboat hardware, rigging, and sailing gear. With our focus on one design and handicap racing we can offer advice and reviews of what you need to compete. If you need any assistance selecting the appropriate Ensign Sailboat Parts and Equipment please contact us. Our crew is ready to help!
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