Is 21HP on the Ericson 35 ok?
Thanks for the comments. While most Ericson owners who have commented to me have praise for the engine, there are a few who wish for a little more power. Clearly, those who sail flat water or on non-tidal waters have no problem. The few that have repowered clearly opt for substantial more hp. To be clearer for my needs (a 2-3 ft. chop at 20 knots) I just don''t want to drop from 5 down to 3 or less knots. I am hoping that with some sort of three-blade prop, the needed push through a chop or tide would be sufficient with the 21 hp engine. I also have noted that some Universal 25 owners think it is 25 hp, rather than 21 hp as I understand is correct. I have seen this apparent error mentioned in other boats. As to the thought that modern boats have larger engines to get to races quicker, I would point to the newer cruising boats such as the smaller Island Packets, Pacific 31, etc. where larger engines are the rule.