Monday, November 14, 2011
The majority of Pegasus 700 yachts were fitted with twin bilge keels and they were very good to windward. Some were deep fin keel yachts and a number had shallower wing keels. There were also lifting keel versions and centreplate versions. Their internal accommodation was user-friendly, apart from only having 5’ 10” of headroom by the companionway, and less elsewhere. They had settee berths either side of the cabin and a table off-set to starboard. At the companionway there was a fixed basin and a pull-out stove unit to starboard. There was a reasonable amount of stowage space under the berths and behind and above the back supports. In the forward cabin there was a ‘V’ berth and a chemical head. I suspect the port hand quarter berth was used for stowing gear, rather than for sleeping.
The masthead version had a deck- stepped mast set fairly far back from the bow allowing for a large furling Genoa and a high aspect Bermudan mainsail with a very short boom. Immediate reefing could be achieved by furling the Genoa and the main was slab-reefed with all lines running to the cockpit. The fractional rigged version had her mast stepped further forward, and she had a mainsail with a longer boom. There was an optional Gunter-rigged version with the mast more forward and her mainsail had a long boom. Mechanical propulsion was by a 6 to 8 HP outboard motor in a well, but some were fitted with Volvo MB2A 7.5 HP petrol 2 cylinder inboard engines with out-drive prop units.
I have sailed a Pegasus twin keel yacht and I found her to have a responsive and balanced helm, even when reefed in a Force 6. She pointed exceedingly well with very little leeway. When under spinnaker she could be a bit frisky, and I experienced a broach, but she soon recovered.
Designed by Gordon Harris
Built by Ridgeway Marine/Pegasus Yachts at Oulton Broad
LOA 23’ 4”
LWL 18’ 7”
Beam 8’ 3”
Draught 3’ 1” Twin and Fin
2’ 10” Shallow Wing
Text for the Day
Acts 4:12 ‘Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.’
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