Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Alameda, San Francisco Bay
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Re: Sea Trial Only After Sales Contract?
Julie, I emphasize with you. This is a big purchase. The cold comfort is the buying experience does get easier on subsequent boats. You are going about this the right way. You are being methodical, working the numbers and doing tons of research. Whatever boat you wind up with, will be the right one. Follow your muse – the “right” boat will speak to you (It did for me).
My experience on Erickson’s echoes what you read. On Windy San Francisco Bay they have the reputation of being a “noodley” boat. Not so much initial stability, but they eventually harden up. Their design is influenced by the IOR rule. Taller aspect mast and pinched ends and wide beam mid-hull. This does not make them a bad boat. You will get better lighter air performance. You can “stiffen” the boat up by buying non-stretchy sails (UK Spectra Tape Drives made the world of difference on a friend’s E35.) Cunningham and outhaul tension helps a lot too. Nothing wrong in reefing to keep her on her feet too. An E38, Maverick, from the Bay Area, did a circumnavigation about ten years ago (albeit, they suffered stressed induced structural damage crossing the Atlantic.) The Erickson’s are fine boats and would work perfectly well in the Great Lakes as well as both coasts. But, if you want something stiffer, consider a Catalina (but not their 38) or Newport.
2000 Catalina 34 MkII