Major changes were made in the design of the Pearson 28 with these models, as are evident when you compare the drawings, photographs and the specifications. Don Thomas (a P28-2 owner) contributed major portions of the information on this model. Don and I were kidding around about what we should name this third generation of Pearson 28's. I suggested the P-28 Plush or the P-28 LX (for its refined deck and luxurious interior); Don McDonald suggested "Tenderfoot" for its lighter displacement/ballast (How about P-28 LT). Based upon Don MacDonald's review, the "Tenderfoot" still sails quite well. Most recently the owner's of this model (especially Don Thomas) are leaning strongly towards calling it the P-28 ZX. In spite of all the attractions these various acronyms have, Pearson lovers who work in the sailboat industry have informed us that the official designation is P-28-2 (how boring!). It is however in keeping with Pearson's naming trends that they followed in later years of production on other models (so I guess we are stuck with it).
Sail plan, hull profile and interior layout. Contributed by Don Thomas.
The following P-28-2 Photo's were provided by Paul Brennesholtz, 1986 Hull #177
#177 at Dock | Galley | Navigation Table | Vee Berth
The following scan's of a Pearson 28-2 brochure were provided by Billosail"at"aol.com (forwarded by "Dan Pfeiffer", danp"at"en.com)
P28 Brochure page 1
P28 Brochure page 2
P28 Brochure page 3
P28 Brochure page 4
P28 Brochure page 5
P28 Brochure page 6
Jack Horner's Review of the P-28-2
Ed Vorbach has the P28-2 brochure on his site.
First generation: Pearson Triton, modified full keel(1959-66)
Second Generation: Pearson 28, (P-28-1)fin keel (1975-82)
Third Generation: Pearson 28 (P-28-2), fin keel (1985-89) THIS SITE.
COMPARE Specifications, sail plans and hull profiles of all three generations: Some people have argued that these boats are not really part of a lineage. I disagree, given that the boats are all about the same LOA, by the same manufacturer, that one was discontinued before the next one began production, they do form a lineage even if unintentinal. It is valuable to compare them to each other as it helps one understand the design evolutions that sailboats in general have been going through.