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Opinions - Ericson 28 vs Tartan 28

Looking for my first boat. Have found two that look promising. Have not seen either in person yet but both appear to have been well cared for. Both are mid to late 80's models. Will be weekend cruising of coast of Cape May NJ. Assuming both are in good condition are there pros/cons you can share?
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I like the Tartan 28 a bunch, don't know anything about Ericson. Also consider Sabre 28 - likely a bit older but well built and less money than the T28.
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Thumbs up Ericson opinion...for what it is worth

I have been shopping Ericson's for a few months online. Mostly the 29, which was made until 76. I currently have a 25 foot Lancer.

The earlier boats were built like tanks. The hull to deck joint is glassed over on the inside. You can't get much stronger than that. I am also impressed by the thoughtful design of engine compartment access. Some boats in the 28-30 foot range that have terrible engine access. Two things to think about with the E28...is the vee birth big enough for you (28's usually sacrafice vee birth size) and will the 5'6" draft...if its not a shoal keel model...be a problem for you.

I haven't been on one...but from what I have read build quality is on par with the best. There are not a lot of options for a newer boat (> 1985) under 32 feet. Especially if you are not a fan of swept back spreaders (as found in all newer Hunters), which limit your abilty to sail wing and wing directly down wind (you bury the main in the spreaders potentially damaging it).

It is unfortunate that there is not a lot of information readily available on the internet. If you search for the Ericson 27 there is some information, but I really wish the Ericson owners out there would help out populating some of the better sites like this one with information.

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T28 well made boat. Maybe a little stiffer than the Ericson. Both are good boats, but only the survey wil tell.

I lived in OC, NJ for 18 years and sailed an Islander 28 out of OC of many of them and also spent 5 years in Barnegat Bay. Where are you planning keeping her.

In Cape May you have the optuion of the Delaware Bay...home of the square wave and chop.

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I do own an Ericson 28 (1988) version and have found the make to be of solid build quality.

Three quick comments. 1) I've owned the boat for two years and have successfully avoided buyers remorse so far. 2) I've had three previous E28 owners walk by on the dock and each one of them has told me that their E28 was one of their favorite boats. 3) There is a healthy on-line community of Ericson owners at ericsonyachts.org.

If you have any specific questions, I'd be happy to try to answer them.
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My 1973 Ericson 29 is for sale. PM me if you are interested.

I love the Ericson brand, tartans are great too though.

Your question depends on the specific boat.
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If you want info on ericsons, there is an ericson specific forum on the web, with quite a bit of info on them. Sorry I can not remember the link. But a member of an email list I am on, is a mod, and I met the owner last summer.

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Talk to SimonV... he just bought an Ericson IIRC. Planning on taking her back to Oz via the Pacific route.

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I have no experience with Tartan but have owned a 1971 E29 for 3 years now. Very happy with her, solidly built and sails very well. Good room below for a 29 foot boat. Every Ericson owner I have talked to has had nothing but good things to say about them.
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