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Ericson 23
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Description: Ericson 23
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri October 17, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great daysailor and gunkholer. Relatively quick for a small boat, easy to handle for one. Room to camp out for two, but no galley or standing headroom. Needs a reef above 15-17 knots. Overall it is well built, however, the chainplate to bulkhead connection needed replacement/upgrade. Also developed osmotic blisters (gelcoat only) after being stored in the water for 15 years. Recommended for first boat, but too small for a family.
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rog421
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Registered: July 2000
Review Date: Wed December 31, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is our first sailboat and it has been a very fine learning boat. My only large complaint is that the cockpit doesn't always drain.
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Review Date: Thu August 19, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have had this boat for 1 year and the more I sail it the more I like it. It is very well built and I have not found any problems with the boat. The boat is very well balanced and fast. Some other owners have reported problems with the centerboard but when I removed mine this spring it was like new. My boat has been in fresh water.
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Review Date: Fri October 1, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We've owned this boat for a year, and love it. A lot of the smaller boats we looked at--and I mean up to Catalina 27's--couldn't accommodate my 6'2" frame in any berth, but the V berth in the Ericson 23 fits me OK. The folks we bought it from kept it in immaculate condition, and we're trying to follow their lead. The boat came with original main and jib, and a nearly new 150% genoa. I agree with another reviewer/owner that the cockpit drain is far too slow. We sail exclusively on the Columbia River, so getting pooped is a long shot, but would be a real problem if it ever happened. Typical crew for us is 2-3 people which works just fine, 4 is OK, more than 4 adults is a crowd. Last time the river dropped low I scrubbed the hull and think I felt pea-sized osmotic blisters. We'll pull her next spring and see what gives, and maybe update this for any interested parties.
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Review Date: Sat April 8, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This boat comes with 7 sails. spinicker, small spinicker, Genoa, jib, storm jib, two main sails.
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thewaterguy
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Registered: April 2002
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Review Date: Sun April 7, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I've had this boat for two years.Fast and responsive,a great single hand sailer. The cabin is short on head room but has lots of storage and a large forward berth, quite comfortable for two . The low hull silhouette makes way in a slight breeze and the shallow draft allows me to gunkhole in interesting places larger hulls can't go. Like other owners I feel the cockpit drain leaves a lot to be desired. when I haul out I'm intertaining the idea of going to bigger throughhull fittings.
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Review Date: Fri November 1, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I've had the boat for 2 years and found it to be a strong and seaworthy craft. Had it out in 40+ knots of wind in a shallow lake and really took a pounding. Never felt unsafe or in any danger. Been Knocked down by a microburst and she behaved well. Agree with everyone about the cockpit drain. It is practically useless. Moves through the water well. Sails at hull speed in about 12+ knots of breeze. All in all, love the boat.
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richmcn
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Registered: October 2001
Review Date: Sun February 29, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Ericson 23 1976 Fin Keel
LOA 22'11" Beam 7'11" 19'6"LOW Draft 3'8" Displacing 3000 lbs approximate
I-29 J-10.16 P-25.33 E-7.5 D/L 181 approximate
PHRF 230 or so - Masthead rig, midboom sheeting, rudder mounted on the stern, fin keel, roller furling, single lifelines. My model has two winches, and single lifelines. My model has a bow pulpit, but no stern pulpit.

It is a well designed sailboat by Bruce King. Above the waterline, the Ericson 23 has a low profile, the intent was to keep windage down. Forward visibility from the cockpit is good due to the low profile. Under jib or genoa alone, the boat sails and tacks well, nearly as well with the jib and main together, a real plus for singlehanders with roller furlers. The boat really comes alive in heavy air, tracks well due to a sound fin keel and well-proportioned design below the waterline. The boat is well balanced, and holds a course very well from hard on the wind to a beam reach with just a piece of surgical tubing tying off the tiller. You can sit on the rail and enjoy the view, or go down below and check on your navigation. She accelerates quickly due to the fin keel, and in general sails beautifully.

It is a well-constructed sailboat. The standing rigging, mast, bilge pump, rudder, pintles and gudgeons are oversized, very strong, and were supplied with the larger Ericsons. There is one partial and one full interior bulkheads which will reduce the amount of water shippable below an added safety feature. The mast is deck stepped and supported below with a 2x5" mahogany step that carries the load to the keel. The foredeck is solid underfoot and does not flex. The forward hatch, original to the boat does not leak as it overlays the well. The tiller is stern-mounted as is the outboard. All the shrouds and chain plates have thick wires running to ground for lightning protection. The fuse panel and switches and light fixtures are all original and still work. All of these design features mean easy access for low maintenance, and more sailing time.

It is a great boat to cruise on Lake Michigan and go harbor hopping. Comfy v-birth and port and starboard settee’s. The boat has a sink and counter arrangement that facilitates off shore cruising. The counter is situated by the quarter birth and is just the right size and comfortable for navigating with the charts and gps. The boat does not have a built-in cooler or range. This is ok with me. A lot of boats have bad built in coolers. I use a cooler or coolerbag and have a gimbaled cookstove that stows out of the way when not in use. It makes a nice breakfast or dinner and a good cup of coffee. It is easy to dock and tie up the boat yourself. 3'8' is not a lot of draft and will get you a berth in port closer to shore and where the deeper boats won't fit. The boat has a spacious v-birth and two quarter births with ample shelves and cubbyholes for the storage of personal effects as well as boat supplies and safety gear. There is teak and mahogany trim surrounding the shelves and settees in the interior. Once in port, it is nice to relax in the cockpit. I have sturdy comfortable cushions made to fit the cockpit. Oh, yes and there is room for the guitar!

The Ericson 23 has an owners group with a newsletter published by Bob Bole, email OLEBOLE@aol.com. Veteran Ericson owners can be reached through an email list server through Sailnet as well as several other related web sites. You can reach me richmcn@yahool.com.
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