King Ericson or Lapworth Cal
Allright so I am comming closer and closer to actually taking the plunge...buying my first sailboat. From all the research and various degrees of useful advise I have narrowed down my choice to either a Bill Lapworth Cal 34 MKIII or a Bruce King Ericson 35. I have heard little in the way of negative comments on the Cal, while I have heard less overall about the Ericson. I am pretty sure that the Cal has a solid hull but I don't know about the Ericson's hull. The Cal MKIII came standard with a Westerbeke 30hp Diesel, the Ericson came with an A4 so needless to say I am only looking at Ericsons that have been re-powered. The one big positive for me with respect to the cal is that my best friend has a MKII in the same length, I have sailed that boat and done countless hours of work on that boat so I am fairly familiar with the cal. I would love to hear any and all opinions on these two boats.