Pearson 424 vs Celestial 44
Dennis, you''re correct that Pearson used the same mold for 3 different, successive models: I think the first was a 419, then the 424 and last the 422. The 424/424 hull/keel/rudder sked configuration is identical, with the 424 being the sole aft cockpit deck design.
The 419(?) was perhaps the ugliest boat of its size I''ve ever seen. This is a guess but I''ll bet that Bill Shaw, who was an S&S-apprenticed designer before moving to Pearson as their in-house NA, had no hands on the 419 but the economics of production invited Pearson to re-use the 419 hull mold while trying to cash in on the emerging charter market for the 424. The 424 and 422 were both represented as Shaw designs, who by that point had also become involved in running the Pearson business.