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Re: Catalina 27 or Pearson 28 or Ericson 32

Any of those boats will suit your needs. With boats of that age, condition is everything. If all are similar in condition, I would prefer the Pearson and Ericson over the Catalina. Catalinas of that era were not as well built as they are today.
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Re: Catalina 27 or Pearson 28 or Ericson 32

I have sailed a catalina 27 of that vintage and own a 1976 Pearson 28.
The catalina has a 21.75' waterline, the Ericson and Pearson 24', therefore faster.
The Catalina draws 4', the Ericson 5'. About 1977 Pearson reduced the 28's draft from 5' to 4.5', know which you are buying.
The Pearson sails much better than the Catalina in difficult conditions. The Catalina is the lightest displacement of the three and lowest ballast to displacement ratio.

The interior of the Catalina is finished with more wood than the Pearson, but I have found the Pearson to be very easy to clean and control mold and odors. However, the interior of the Ericson is more livable than the Pearson. The galley is far superior and will be appreciated on a week long cruise.

Compare the rigging of the Catalina to the Pearson and you will begin to see what much better build means. One Catalina owner stepped aboard my Pearson and his first comment was; "wow, what a solid boat."

In summary, the Ericson, for the same money is probably a better, more liveable boat, depending on its condition. Both Ericson or the Pearson are well built and have an edge over the Catalina in that regard. Go to "Good Old Boat" and you can find reviews that give more detail on these boats.

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