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Ericson 32-200
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3 2804 Sun December 9, 2012
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Description: Ericson 32-200
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Sat November 21, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


I purchased the Sloop Du Jour last year. She grounded under full sail a week before the purchase with no damage... confirmed by a hired surveyor…. Very sturdy grid style hull. Interior workmanship and warmth is exceptional although she lives a bit more cramped then some 32's. Rig is tall and we need to reef early at about 20 kts but performs exceptional in 8 to 15. Auxiliary access is poor but bearable. Running rigging is concentrated at the companionway making an autopilot worthwhile for single hand sailing. Quarter berth has low headroom. Galley / Navigation Station great for this size boat. Holds a course well. Wheel / Binnacle laid out well. VERY Happy owner.
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Review Date: Sat February 10, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


I have owned BLUE MAX for 2 years and I am still happy with it. I have been a die-hard racer for 30 years and this is my first real experience with a cruising boat. It is very sturdly built and sails well. It heels fairly quickly to abut 20 degrees and then firms up. The boat seems to move fastest with the 20 deg. heel. It develops a strong weather helm at 30 degrees and at >35 deg. heel it is going to head up ( and straighten up) reguardless if you want it to or not. This is a built-in safety feature that can keep you out of trouble and makes the boat more forgiving of crew errors.

The highest speed I have seen under sail is 7.2 Knt. as indicated by the GPS ground speed. This was on a broad reach in 20 knt. wind. Hull speed is just under 7 knt. The best speed on a beat has been 6.5 knt in 18 Knt. wind. Both cases I used a 135 genoa.

The boat sails well with only the genoa and without the main. I do this on days when I feel lazy and just want to kick back an relax. Even without the main, it still has weather helm.

The full batten main takes a while to get used to. Getting all battens adjusted correctly is a trial and error exercise. There is no way to adjust them under sail.

Blue Max has the shoal draft keel ( 4ft.3 in.) which is a very good idea for the shallow waters around Galveston Bay. I have plowed a furrow in the soft mush bottom of Clear Lake several times with no ill effects. Boats with a deep keel would have to stay in the marina at low tide and North winds.

The engine is not too difficult to acess but the transmission is a bear to reach. It is necessary to remove the engine heat exchanger to check the transmission fluid. The Universal diesel is reliable and rugged, although much noisier than others. The fuel efficiency is great. I estimate it uses about 1/2 gal. per hour at 2500 rpm. The engine controls in the cockpit are awkward to reach, and you have to sit down to see the gauges. I recommend adding an alarm on the temperature and oil pressure sensors, because they are so difficult to read.

The 2 blade, 15 inch prop is too small. It will not push the boat to hull speed without exceeding the 3000 rpm max engine speed.

The cockpit has room for 6 adults. My boat has a 36 inch wheel which is a little awkward to step around when single-handing the boat. A smaller wheel would make it easiser.

It has a Autohelm 4000 auto pilot which is very good at winds up to 15 knt. Above that, it doesnt have the power to dependably control the boat going to weather. It sometimes will allow the boat to headup until it will accidentaly come about.

The sleeping accomodations could be better although I doubt if any other 32 ft. boat is any better.

I removed the table in the main cabin to provide more room. Besides we never used it. We always eat at the folding table in the cockpit.

The shower wand in the cockpit is great to cool off on hot Texas days. And it has hot water available if the engine has been running.

The bimini is worth its weight in gold for the shade from the Texas sun. I also have a dodger but do not use it even on the coldest days.

All things considered, I am very happy with the boat. Even after 2 years, I still use it about 3 times per week.
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Registered: January 2011
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Review Date: Sun December 9, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast, nimble and well laid out
Cons: None

We purchased our 32-200 almost two years ago and have been extremely happy with her!

She is in great shape for a 22 year old vessel and draws a lot of compliments for other sailors.

The cockpit is large enough for six adults but it gets a little crowded with that many unless they are acting as crew.

The cabin is very nice with teak everywhere, a large aft captain's cabin and aft head. The main salon is roomy but we removed our table as well since we usually eat at the fold down table in the cockpit.

The ice box is large as is the port galley. The v-berth is roomy and will sleep two adults comfortably.

The boat sails well in light air with a 135 genoa. The Universal mxp 25 is very reliable but the stock Hurth transmissions are garbage. We had to replace ours but all is well now.
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