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Old 07-13-2009
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Ericson 25 vs Catalina 25

In my search for a boat I have narrowed it down to two boats a C25 and E25. I have gotten some basic information from the Catalina and Ericson owners sites. But figure their opinions are biased. I am looking for a group of people to put this in perspective.

I looked at a C25 this weekend and although not able to see inside it looked clean outside with 4 cockpit winches and spinnaker rigging. It looks overall clean even though it has not been registered since 04. The owner has moved out of state so it is hard to arrange a viewing.

I have also been talking with an Ericson 25 owner waiting on photos and hope to look at that boat this week or weekend.

The Catalina is a 83' C25 fixed keel with a 2 cycle 7.5 HP, looks clean and ready to sail.

The Ericson is a 74' E25 with a 4 cycle 7.5 short shaft Mecury OB with alternator. It has a keel C/B configuration. It has been used minimally for the last decade. The owners live in the mountains and have a Montgomery 17.

I figure I can get them both for around $4000. The Ericson probably needs a little bit more work to get in the water. I think the Catalina would be a good boat for our needs but I have always liked Ericson boats.

Ericson Pros.
  • Better Built ?
  • Easier to Launch
  • New Main
  • 4 Stroke engine (need to add long shaft)
  • More Sails (New Main)
Catalina Pros
  • Newer
  • Faster
  • More parts available
  • Closer to splashing.
I would appreciate any thoughts and input comparing these two boats.

West Wight Potter 14 "Lemon Drop"
Oceanside CA
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