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Ericson 27
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Description: Ericson 27
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Review Date: Wed November 26, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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It is a good cruiser. The boat sails well in all but light air.
The cabin has great headroom for a 27' boat. The only drawback is the fiberglass hull liner and head liner with can make access and modifications difficult.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
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Review Date: Thu July 2, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Well laid out and roomy for it's size. Especially good headroom. Heavier construction than most boats in this size catagory. Love the engine access.
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Review Date: Fri April 30, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have owned my ericson since 1978 and have sailed her from
lake st.claire throughout lake huron and lake erie. It is
a well built and good sailing boat. One must be careful
not to let any leaks go unchecked because there is the risk
of delamination. The rudder has a tendency to show surface
cracks in gel coat. If properly maintained the boat will last a life time. (They just don't build em like this anymore).
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Review Date: Wed January 12, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Like many builders of the 70's, crusing and family comfort was important. The Ericson 27 was no exception. Slow but adaquate, it is a very stable and comfortable boat. The cabin has 6'2" headroom and can sleep four in comfort. She has a high freeboard which can make boarding from the water somewhat difficult without a structured ladder. Because of her displacement(7,000+lbs) an inboard is desireable. Sails well in all but very light wind. Because of the wide beam (9') and weight my family feels safe and secure. I highly recommend the 27 as a family boat.
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Review Date: Tue February 1, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have owned the boat for about eight years. I have sailed on inland lakes and the Gulf of Mexico to Mexico from the US and the Carribean Sea. Watch for any hardware attachment leaks which can lead to balsa wood rot or deck delamination. I just (1/00) installed a rebuilt A4 and it was very easy, uncomplicated and inexpensive as marine engines go. What a joy to have a great engine in a great boat. She sails nearly as fast reefed down with much less heal in 10-15 winds. A small family cruiser. Take care of any companionway hatch cover weathering early to avoid a total rebuild. Check on the main sheet attachments to the boom regularly for possible corrosion under the rings attched to the boom.
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Review Date: Tue May 30, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I would recommend this boat, especially for a first time buyer or sailor. Easy to learn on, especially with a roller furling jib. I lived aboard for three and half years; plenty of room for one and possibly two. Would prefer with an atomic or deisel, I use an 8hp johnson and barely get by. headroom and beam both comfortable
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Registered: October 2000
Posts: 1
Review Date: Thu May 10, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Stored for 4 years re commissioned 9/00. Much maintenace and necessary repairs to date.

Pretty and sound, ready to cruise.

$14,500 includes all gear and slip rental for summer season.

'Evening Tide' can be seen at the Wharf at Handy's Point, north of Chestertown, MD.
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Review Date: Mon July 30, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This vessel is better than new! Roller furling jib & main. New Universal inboard with jacketed exaust in 2000.100 amp alt with Heart interface and three stage charging.Three lg marine batts with one isolated for starting.Auto pilot,gps with interface to auto pilot,depth sounder,compass.Nearly new sails with genaker.All new cushins in 2000.Custom boarding ladder.Holding tank.Boat is in perfect shape.Will consider trade for larger boat.All offers considered.Mike Fort Myers,Fl 941-242-1152
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Review Date: Sat December 7, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Very well built small cruiser. 9' beam and 7000lbs. Modified fin keel with encapsulated ballast and fin rudder. Have a Simrad 3000 tillerpilot as there is substantial torque steer under power at anything above an idle and motoring any distance will really build up your arms. Roller furling 135 jib and full batten main with a fair amount of roach and one reef (set up with single line led to cockpit). Lazy jacks can catch battens though. Balances fairly well with not too much weather helm until you get enough breeze to be heeled more than 15 degrees close hauled. (then it's time to reef anyway) Will still round up though no matter how you trim. Can pinch up to 28 degrees apparent but you loose a knot over falling off a bit. Traveler over the companionway hatch and everything but the jib halyard on stoppers or jam cleats on the cabin top. (really like Lewmar stoppers as they are easy to release and ease under load). Have added a 3/16 downhaul to the main headboard so I can pull it down even while running. Easy to singlehand even in SF bay when things get going. Not the quickest thing going but in anything over 5kts she keeps up. Almost a wineglass form through the middle so it's sort of tender until 12-15 degrees then really stiffens up, picks up her skirts and goes. High freeboard and substantial sheer raise the bow up where most 30-32 footers are. Have been caught out in 40+ in the bay and wet and tired but never worried. Drilled a hole for a log sender and I keep the plug in the boat to show people, almost 5/8 of solid fiberglass layup.
Headroom listed as 6'2 but I'm 6'1 and brush my head on the liner standing barefoot. Forward wee berth is okay for two kids or one adult. Quarterberth could handle a basketball player. Made a hinge to fold the dinete up against the bulkhead which adds to spacious feel of cabin for a small boat.
Great first or second boat or one for a single hander who wants to be comfortable and safe but still be off the dock in a few minutes.
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Registered: September 2006
Posts: 2
Review Date: Sat January 2, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Easy and fun to sail
Cons: My wife does'nt like it initial tenderness.

I have owned my 1971 E27 for twenty years. It was my first and will most likely be my last as I,m almost 70 and I think my boat will out last me. I converted it to wheel sterringabout 10 years ago. It was the most interesting and fun project I've ever done, It is much easier to steer especially under power and it eliminated the cockpit sweeping tiller. Since I do alot of solo sailing, I have routed the main halyard, two main reef lines and a down haul line back to the cockpit through deck organizers and line clutches. There are many more changes to numerous to mention but they have all made my E27 a much nicer boat. If your handy it's almost as much fun messing around with an old boat as it is sailing it.
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CaptainNick
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Registered: October 2014
Location: Brooklyn Resident
Review Date: Fri October 10, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Spacious for the size, fast
Cons: Atomic 4 can be tricky

This is my second boat after a Catalina 25. I have had my Ericson 27 for 2 seasons now. The first season was almost entirely just cleaning the boat and replacing parts on the atomic 4. This last season finally got the Atomic running smooth with the electronic ignition kit installed and a cleaning of the fuel system. Put on a new hatch cover with new wood trim, and have had a dozen trips out with the engine running well now. Reversing out of my slip is a fun exercise, I think prop walk makes steering in reverse tricky. I seem to always rotate the front to starboard when in reverse, so i counter steer against that now.

The boat sails faster than the Catalina 25 or at least feels faster and is also much more sensitive with tiller steering. Looking away for a minute can significantly alter course.

Great weekend cruiser so far, and love hearing how far people go on their "smaller" boats. End up daydreaming about sailing down the coast to the Caribbean.
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