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Ericson 30+
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Review Date: Sat November 23, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Excellent boat. Very satisfying. Stiff and fast. I am doing well in the club races. Well build. The newer models have all the lines to the cockpit. I had mine broad back and it is worth it. It tracks very well.
The interior is adequate but the forward cabin is good for one person or children only.
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Review Date: Thu January 9, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Fractional rig w/150 genoa. 2 cyl diesal engine. 25 gal fuel, 50 fresh water (preasure w/hot). 20+ gal holding tank. Wheel, depth, knot/log.
Forgiving sailor, great for 2 people. Fair single hander, if lines led aft.
I'd buy her again! She still has plenty to teach me.
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Review Date: Sat February 8, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Ericson 30+ (not to be confused with an earlier model Ericson 30) is a fractional rigged sloop. Our boat has a long fin, shoal draft of 4 ft and a Universal diesel.

She is a strong boat, well suited to coastal cruising or club racing. With our shoal draft, we find her a little tender, and usually reef when the wind reaches about 18 kts. However, the 4 ft draft is excellent for exploring the shallow water along the South Carolina coast.

She has a beautiful teak interior, with a dinette salon layout. The forward cabin is a bit tight, with a marginally-functional convertable seat. Once reconfigured, with a full sized foam mattress, the v-berth is fine for two adults. Water capacity is a bit small, 25 gallons. If we decided to cruise for longer than a week, we would have to add another tank.

Overall, we have been very satisfied with the boat. She has been strong, secure and has always gotten us where we wanted to go. We plan to sail her south this Spring.



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Review Date: Sun January 24, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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New owner of an older boat fitted with Yanmar deisel. Still learning about her and setting right some details which the previous owner had left unattended. The boat seems to be a realitively stiff and easy sailer for two pairs of hands. We will fill in more details as we become morre familiar with her.

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Review Date: Fri March 17, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Boat has a fractional rig and modified fin keel. Approx 9,000 displacement with 4,000 ballast. Nicely layed out cockpit good for sailing, tight for entertaining. We have found her to be strong, well finished, and an excellent sailer, particularly when close hauled. Ours has the original Universal 16 hp diesel which is adequate. Handles well under power and steers reasonably well in reverse. Excellent interior layout and joinery. Good ventilation.

Due to the length of the boom, the traveler resides on the bridgedeck in front of the companionway. We like that setup. While it makes fitting of a dodger difficult, sail controls have excellent placement. Would prefer an aluminum toerail, but the boat has a molded fiberglas one. No chocks. Small anchor well large enough to hold one Fortress anchor, 30' of chain and 225' of rode. She is initially tender and we usually take the first reef in the main at about 15 knots.

We have been very satisfied with the boat, especially with her sailing characteristics. We would buy her again.
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Review Date: Sun August 6, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Fractional rig sloop w/6ft draft & spade rudder.Have updated her w/lines led aft & rope clutches (highly recomended!).Added dodger which was somwhat of a chalange because of off-set companionway and low boom placement along with mid-boom sheeting but end result well worth it.Sails very well to windward w/155 headsail but somewhat tender up to about 20 degrees heel.Stiffens up nicely after that and trackes likes it's on rails if you play the traveler in puffs.Upgraded traveler to a Harken unit which makes this MUCH easier than with original Shaffer unit.Rated 168 on the Great Lakes which seems to be competive for club racing.Using a 13"Dia. 12" Pitch folding prop which works well with the original 16Hp. Universal Diesel.See your local Kabota tractor dealer for engine parts as they are the manufacturers of this particular engine.Be sure to change transmission fluid EVERY 12 months as this might save you $1600.00 for a new transmission! If your boat has not had it's keel rebedded yet the next haul-out might be a good time to consider this. There is a 3/4" dia.(aprox.) hole thru center limber hole in bilge that can let a lot of water in a hurry if your bedding loses it's integerty. Been a very nice boat for 2-3 week cruises in Lake Huron (North Channel) but limited tankage means you need to stop for ice,etc. about every 4 days.
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Registered: March 2001
Review Date: Tue March 6, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We're approaching our third season with our Ericson 30. She's a fractional sloop w/ tall rig. Mod. fin keel drawing just under 6'. She's been a great first boat. Sails well on all points. We typically throw the first reef in when winds hit 12-14.

I believe the 30's were a Bruce King design, like the 32's. She's got great lines, nice room underneath. But the cockpit gets crowded pretty quickly.

Biggest pluses...A lot of boat for the money. Beautiful interior (all teak and mahogony). Easier sailing and forgiving. Well-built (although I have heard some folks have had delamination problems on decks and joints).

Downers...Traveller in cockpit and boom sits low. Cockpit gets crowded with more than 4. She likes to walk to port in reverse.
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Review Date: Wed June 5, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Particulars on this Bruce King designed sailboat are a 10'6" beam, 6'2" headroom, 4000 lbs ballast, 9000 lbs displacement, 5'10" draft and 470 sq ft of sail area. This is a fractional rig with a Wilson Silsby mainsail and a 150 Mylar genoa. It has a new Furlex roller furling system, lazy jacks, boom vang and jib. The 16 hp 2 cylinder Universal Diesel is fresh water cooled and has very low hours. Other features include 28" SS wheel with leather cover, 6 berths, teak and holly sole, 12 volt DC/110 volt AC with a new battery charger and two batteries (one new), 2 burner alcohol stove with oven, ice chest, pedestal teak table, 43 gallon fresh water system and new SS hot water tank, Head with new pump and 18 gallon holding tank, newer data marine instruments, Horizon Eclipse radio, hand held GPS, Loran, and all accessory equipment. Well equipped and well maintained (records available). In the water in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. $29900.
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Review Date: Mon March 7, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Not certain why, but the M-18 Universal diesel engine in ours is ONLY 14hp. However, more than enough power to move along at 6+ knots when necessary. Prop walk is rather severe to the port in reverse...raising all sorts of difficulty when trying to back into our slip when the wind is just wrong.
Fin WAS standard, then shaved by a P.O. & a Mars Metal bulb put on to make up for loss of ballast. Now she only draws 4'9", which is fantastic for Chesapeake Bay.
Goes like snot to the wind & on a beam reach...doesn't go well at all off wind (somewhat typical of fractional rigs)...which we will attempt to remedy this season w/ the purchase of an asymmetrical spinnaker.
All info about space below decks that others have mentioned (although we have found sufficient room for 2 adults in v-berth) is correct, yet it looks quite lovely w/ all the teak, teak & holly sole, and fine joinery.
I've seen brochures for the 30+ available at http://support.pacificseacraft.com/Ericson/E30+.pdf and ours does NOT have the plaid cushion covers below (nice navy blue instead) AND we have a removeable "step ladder" to descend from the companion way into the salon. This appears to have been original as the sole has depressions to accept the bottom of the legs of the companion way "step ladder." Would buy again; however, after a few more seasons, we may look to move up to a 33 - 36 footer or even larger.
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