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Olson 911 SE

The Olson / Ericson 911 SE is of interest to me. I would be pleased to hear from current or former owners regarding this boat. Specifically, I would like to know if there is an owners'' association or a class association. Are there significant differences between the boats built in Mexico and those built in California? Any boats presently for sale? How many were built?
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Olson 911 SE

I own a 911SE and sail/race on Lake Perry Kansas. I''ve had the boat about 5 years now an love it. I bought the boat from the original owner and it''s in great shape. Other than minor maintenance problems I aven''t had any problems with the boat.

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Olson 911 SE

I have a 1986 Olson 911s that I keep on Block Island. My boat was a California built boat. You can see pics at www.tbrielmann.com on the "sailing pics" section. I would love to hear from current or former owners.
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apparently Carl Schumacher designed a new rudder for the 911 and it never got built. I think Foss foam is building it anyone know anything about it?
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Thumbs up A web site for you...

Over the last decade we have been slowly gathering Olson owners - O-911S and O-34 - into active participation at the Ericson Owners' web site / BBS.
EricsonYachts.org: The Starting Point on Ericson Yachts!.

Please do register there and ask all of your questions. There is a large searchable archive there.

The 911S is a cool boat and we almost bought one... but then found a deal on a 34 instead.
That was back in '94 and we are still sailing it.

There is/was also a web message site for 911S owners, but I have not run across it for the last couple years. There may be an active owners group in the SF Bay area, too.

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Great great boat! They just don't design or build really nice boats in this size range any more, and to my eye, Carl S never drew an ugly boat. Give a choice, go with the Pacific Boat Works 911s over the Erickson. It's several hundred pounds lighter. To the OP, I don't have one, but have sailed on them and against them. We have a 'big sister', an Express 34. The habits and handling are similar, and the Alsberg Bros (Express) and PBW (Olson) glasswork and build quality are excellent. That said, it's fairly likely you'll find some bad deck core at this point in history given their age and general hard use by their owners over the years. Check chainplates, deck hardware areas, etc.. Unless its a disaster, the 911s is well worth the repairs. If I were looking for a 30' all around boat that's a very capable coastal cruiser as well, it'd be at the top of my list.

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If your intended use is primarily for racing; consider the Olson 30 instead. I'm pretty sure it has a much bigger racing one-design fleet; and it only weighs 1/3 of what the 911 weighs. But, it is spartan on the interior by comparison.
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I'm guessing that someone looking at a 911 has already decided that an O-30 isn't where they're going.
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Re: Olson 911 SE

1990 Olson 911SE for sale in West Vancouver, B.C. Info: hypro@telus.net
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Re: Olson 911 SE

Spent a season racing on an O/911 and the only thing the most experienced guys on the boat could figure, was that either the ratings were totally off (which may have changed) or the boat had such a narrow sweet spot, you couldn't get near the numbers if anything was off at all.

Foss Foam, I don't know the Cali operation but I wouldn't buy a foam coffee cup from the Florida one. Simple tasks like answering the phone or matching written dimensions proved beyond them.
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