Extensive weekending and cruising planned? Ericson or Pearson with the edge going to Ericson..... For weekend racing as a primary role the Ranger 26 is a very good boat. The Ranger 29 could do both best in the under $10K range.
".. 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)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"