The Hudson River Packet in a day-sailor or overnighter designed by Bill Tritt.
Now, by popular demand, Pearson offers a version of the popular Packet in the finest traditional styling. Unique cabin sleeps two, provides sitting headroom, five fixed ports, centerboard winch, optional head. Outboard well in self-bailing cockpit accommodates motors up to 7 ½ HP. Generous storage area under seats. Teak cap rail, teak around cabin tops, and teak doors. Sitka spruce mast, boom, and boomkin. Dacron sails. Underwater fittings are bronze. Deck fittings are polished bronze. Deck is fiberglass with non-skid pattern. Rudder is fiberglass. Recapture the classic days of American sailing in this truly unique craft. Unusual blending of fine woods, custom hardware, and fine Pearson fiberglass craftsmanship assure top value. Arrange to sail one today!
|LOA (Overall Length)||21'|
|Rig Type||Gunter or Fractional|
Designed by Trit as reminiscent of the shallops found in Chappelle's American Small Sailing Craft, the Hudson River Packet was built as either a sloop or a launch. About 150 years ago a breed of fast, tough government craft called packets carried mail and passengers on local runs along sheltered coastal waters. A descendant of these boats, a tight little sloop, has now been redesigned in fiberglass, purely as a pleasure boat. Only 18 feet long, with a draft of 3 feet, the packet was available in a sliding gunter rigged sailboat or as a powerboat, some offered with a 30 hp inboard. There is also an "overnighter" - see the blue boat on a trailer with a cabin. For a racing man, the packet may look a bit too tubby and short-rigged, but for the easy-going traditionalist, the price of $4,400 was just right.