Faster has it right (again)...if the boats are the same age/condition, the "edge" (arguably) goes to Ericson. But it's not "hands down" - it's very close. Pearson also made excellent boats. However, if your gut says Ericson, that is the most important factor.
Remember to get it surveyed. Even a smaller, less expensive boat will benefit from a survey - if only to give you a juicy "to do" list!