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Looks like you're getting a bit more serious nowadays.
Re the Ericson 30+, it really caught our eye when we started shopping, there was one for sale in False Creek that we checked out. Liked the boat, the layout was OK, the fractional rig was attractive to us. The outboard rudder different from most boats of this type, but the aft position maximizes its effect, and maintainence (bearings, refinishing, etc) is a lot easier. This particular boat had a brand new 3cyl Westerbeke installed, nicely done but a bit of a shoe-horn exercise that called for modifications to the companionway/engine box. In the end we did not pursue the boat as:
a)just a counter-top stove
b) the non-skid gel coat was worn and sketchy, would've required refinishing right away
c) the owner seemed to be trying to recoup all the (considerable, no doubt) cost of the new engine and so was rather overpriced.
d) there was some poor condition sections of the headliner, esp under the side decks where there had obviously been some leakage.
Don't remember its name, it had a crude painting of a Viking ship on the bow, and was priced at $55K a year and a half ago. Maybe the same one you're looking at???
The owner seemed like a good enough guy (two boat owner at the time!)
That said, the Ericsons have a good reputation. I'm not crazy about Bruce King's pointy fin keels though.