The Boat



*Please note that we sold Wanderer, we plan to cruise again on a different Wanderer*

Wanderer is a 1979 Pearson 323 sailboat.  Designed by Bill Shaw and built in Rhode Island by Pearson Yachts.  She lives up to Shaw’s design philosophy that “a boat should be safe, attractive, and a delight to sail“.

Roomy for a 32’er by 1970s standards, she has held up well over the years.  Wanderer has had several previous owners and spent most of her life in NY where we are from.  We purchased her after her previous owners sailed her down the Intracoastal Waterway from Brooklyn, to Miami.  Evidence of their pride of ownership is readily apparent on board; they took great care of her.

We purchased Wanderer in September of 2013 and brought her to her new home port of Key Largo, FL.  We then worked to get her ready with a variety of projects to make her suitable for our cruising plans.

After 7 months of cruising the Eastern Seaboard and the Bahamas we can attest that she is a stout little ship.  We often get complimented on her size for the age.  Simply put she is a roomy 32′ boat for the late 70s.  Loaded for cruising she takes a little wind to get moving but feels very safe and comfortable underway even when it is blowing.  Like most boats, her best point of sail is beam to broad reaching.

Some information on the boat:

Length: 32’3″
Width: 10’3″
Draft: 4’5″
Displacement: 12,800 lbs.
Power: “Vicky” the Volvo MD-11C 23 hp diesel engine
Fully battened main by Mack Sails with stack pack
125ish% roller furling jib
140% spare genoa we’ve used for light wind passages
Asymetrical cruising spinnaker known as “The Flasher”



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