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Ericsons generally have a great reputation - several friends have or have had various models and they are all seem like pretty nice boats with satisfied owners.
A boat said to be "tender" is one that tends to heel easily (ie lean over in a lightish breeze) Some such boats heel easily initially but tend to 'firm up' as their ballast comes into play. Whether the E28 is, in fact, a 'tender' boat I couldn't say. A tender boat can be manageable, you simply need to reef a bit earlier perhaps than someone else.
A painted mast is most likely to be a two part paint, but not necessarily epoxy.. it could also be a Polyurethane.
Here's a link to some downloadable literature:
Links, Resources & Downloads - E28_Documents - EY.o Information Exchange
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)