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Talking Advice: Looking to buy Ericson 32 (1973)

Hellow everyone.

First of all, I would just like to say thank you to all. I have been reading Sailnet for sometime and have learned a great deal. I have been sailing on and off for over ten year and even sailed to Tahiti, but still consider myself to be a novice at best to so many members here at Sailnet.

I am going through my true first purchasing experience and would like to ask some opinion about a boat that I am looking at the moment.

May I please receive advice about 32' Ericson 1973?

Thank you in advance for your time and advice.

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Welcome to Sailnet... It's a pretty nice boat—most Ericsons were fairly well built boats... but you'd get better advice if you said what kind of sailing you plan on doing with the boat, how many people will typically be aboard, and what kind of other advice you're looking for.

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Hey Seamedic, I remember looking at one a few years back in Michigan...boat was beautiful, beamy and a well laid out interior. I think I passed on the deal because she had a gas engine, but I'm not certain on that.

Like Sailingdog said, you'll get better help if you say what type of sailing you'll be doing.
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Hellow everyone.

First of all, I would just like to say thank you to all. I have been reading Sailnet for sometime and have learned a great deal. I have been sailing on and off for over ten year and even sailed to Tahiti, but still consider myself to be a novice at best to so many members here at Sailnet.

I am going through my true first purchasing experience and would like to ask some opinion about a boat that I am looking at the moment.

May I please receive advice about 32' Ericson 1973?

Thank you in advance for your time and advice.

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I like it. Fairly fast and good sailing characteristics, from what I have seen. I would just mention that you should be careful not to overpay for a boat of that vintage. It is a buyer's market and many folks are almost giving away similar boats. Can't claim to know what the market is for it, but I wouldn't offer too close to the asking price, especially if it has been listed for a while.
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I've always thought the smaller Ericsons were very pretty, and well designed family cruisers suitable for most recreational uses rather than blue-water passagemaking. If that is your intended use and you've found one in good condition, I'd say go for it.
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To all I thank you for your kind welcome!
Please excuse me if I am not asking or replying in better form
Although I have read many postinds and comments and know how it be done, I am acting as a novice and will improve and make my request as direct as possible.

Hello Sailingdog
Yes. you are right. I should be more to the point. I am planning to sail around NorthEast mostly. ? Is it even a idea to think about crossing any sea with E32? & About 4 to 6 people the most in general will be on the boat, I am thinking. Lastly, I am hoping to learn more about the cons/pros of Ericson 32 from 1973 and the special problems that this boat has that many boat this age does not have. In another words, what should I take special care and time investigating on the 1973 E32.

Hellow Canadianseamonkey
The Atomic 4 gas engine was replaced by Universal desiel about ten yrs ago and has been running very well the last three years after standing for many before (some rust here and there can be seen)
Only think that came up in the survey done few years back showed a narrow crack on the deck, I am told the crack was more a surface and was sealed and has not given or seem to be a possible structure problem. The boat has been dry dock each season (cleaned, spot painted, and basic maintainess done). Furthermore the boat has beeen very activily sailed in the past three year in the coastal area without any noted problems.

Hello CBinRI
The seller states - The boat's hall is good and does not really need to be painted, just cleaned and polished, but the deck's paint is origional and should be painted. He is not sure about the T-holes if gate/origional or replaced. He will take a better look for me. He will also take a look inside the cabinets and hull/deck joints with better care and let me know any signs of possible water leak problem. He seams like very straight forward and nice. I have requested some more detail info because I am hours aways from the boat.

Hello Camaraderie
I tried EY.org but just can nav the site very well and has not been very helpful. I read all that I could find about E32 on the sailnet and on the web. However, all I seem to find is, in general, the boat is fairly well built and many people are happy with the boats. I also have read the Surveying trip tips and found it very good learning experience. I am at this time trying to learn what and how to better exam E32.

Hello Perithead
Thank you for your response and I will take a look some time today after work.

Thank you everyone - I am hoping I can lean on sailnet members for good advice and wise suggestions now and in the future.

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if you're going to visit the boat, i'd recommend you read this post.

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Hi Sailingdog
Thanks, I have read the posting that you rec.
Do you know were I could purchase a meter? Does it have to be special marine grade or could I try to find on at HomeDepot?
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Could anyone advise me the difference between NAMS/SAMS/NAVTECH.
In tridition or in practice, does anyone suggest better qualified surveyor?
How much should a survey cost in todays market in the NorthEast to CentralEast? Is $20 to $22/ft too much or about right - If the surveyor has over 15yrs of experience?
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There is no specific surveying license, those names you mention are affiliations to credit passing a course. I'm not sure about the costs out your way. Out here $15-20/foot is normal.


Also, FYI the E32 I was looking at 2 years ago was priced at 14K and was mint.....but had the gas engine. From the research I did back then, that price was fair. I would think it would be down a bit now. Go for it!!
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