Originally Posted by davisr
You might want to consider the Ericson 25. There is a website devoted to this boat. See especially the four-part article, "Why I Bought the Ericson 25." It covers many of the boats on your list (and more).
Didn't get around to googling your website until tonight. You've offered a thorough and informative review of your boat search and buying story. Great pix too - thanks!
Your search involved many boats I've also been considering. Obviously you've found your boat and you love her, and in the past few years you've apparently put a lot of thought and love into her keep. I appreciate your insights and your passion.
Though our main foci differ (trailerability is not a prime criterion for me, as it is for you), we have important search priorities in common. My prime considerations are for a boat that moves well in light air, sails well on all points, is easily single-handed, reasonably priced, and is an able gunk-holer, initially for daysailing and weekend cruising in local bays and the Gulf. For me this translates to a keel/centerboard of 23-27' LOA that while not a true blue water boat is still solid enough to take a blow, is modest yet comfortable, and has a certain solid, graceful, traditional, salty aesthetic. Beyond that, it's all about fit and feel.
I've taken my armchair research as far as I can for now, and I've moved on to the process of getting onto as many different boats (OPBs) as I can.
There seem to be deals galore on boats every week, but I'm in no rush. Sooner or later, like you, I'll come across a boat that I know will be (nearly) perfect for me.
BTW thanks to all who made suggestions in this thread. You brought to my attention some great boats that I never would have considered or even known about, without your taking the time and effort to post. You've all helped further my understanding greatly. Many thanks, and even if we never meet, I hope one day to pay it forward. SN is awesome. Best to you all!