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Ericson 36 RH or Ericson 34x?

I'm brand new to sailing and purchasing a boat is leaving me pretty confused. I'm looking for a boat that I can learn on and have fun on in the light winds around the islands of BC and Washington and then progress to sailing offshore. I've done some research and believe that these two boats are capable of offshore cruising as well as have good light wind performance but other than size does one have an advantage over the other? Thanks.
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Re: Ericson 36 RH or Ericson 34x?

Ask the great group at ericsonyachts.org . . . they know all the gory details, ins, outs etc. of all things Ericson
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Re: Ericson 36 RH or Ericson 34x?

The E36 Ron Holland boat would be my choice.. The RH E33 is another great boat and perhaps a better comparison to the E34.

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Re: Ericson 36 RH or Ericson 34x?

Thanks for the replies. I'm inquiring about these two boats in particular only because these are available in my area. I was also thinking that the Ron Holland 36 would be the better choice of the two. I'm looking at them both next week.
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Re: Ericson 36 RH or Ericson 34x?

Is the 34 the older one with the crazy pintail transom? Or a later 80s 34?

I like the E36 RH, as I said, but prefer the E33s fractional rig.. Always wondered why RH chose to use a masthead rig on the 36 when he did a frac for the 33 (same era).

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Re: Ericson 36 RH or Ericson 34x?

I've only seen pictures but the transom is pretty unusual. Pinwheel is a nice description. It says it's a '78 Bruce King but in my readings I'm wondering if there was a transposition of numbers somewhere. Anyway the 34 will cost less initially but to get it equipped as well as the 36 I'd be looking at a significant amount. I'd have lots of time to make these upgrades but some of them would have to be made immediately after purchase so that in itself is pointing me toward the 36. Not to mention my wife encouraging me not to settle. I certainly don't have enough time off to be doing major upgrades. I want to start sailing now not spending weeks getting a boat ready.
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Re: Ericson 36 RH or Ericson 34x?

That 34 Is a King design, I think it was meant to rate well under a particular rule. It's definitely an oddity amongst the King Ericsons.

What's the asking price difference? Links?

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Re: Ericson 36 RH or Ericson 34x?

If the 34X you are considering is the one on Granville Island, be aware that it is an electric conversion so it won't make much of an island cruiser. It's also pretty pricey for a 40 year old, obsolete race boat. There's one in Portland with the original Atomic Bomb for 1/2 the price. It's been for sale for years too so it may be very negotiable as they say.

Very racy looking boats - I've always liked those Mull style extreme stinger sterns, even though they don't help performance. A bit like tail fins on 50's cars I guess.

I imagine the interior is pretty limited by that swoopy almost flush deck.

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Re: Ericson 36 RH or Ericson 34x?

The price difference between the two is a bit less than $15k. The 34 is the electric drive on Granville. I've quit looking south of the border because of the poor exchange rate. I have a hard time justifying forking over an extra 25+% even though it may be well worth it. My problem. I was thinking that a couple of wind generators and solar panels could deal with the quick drain of battery power. Something that I would investigate a bit further if I like what I see next week. The 34 is on Yachtworld.
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