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kulokoo 03-16-2013 05:25 AM

Cal 36 or Ericson 35-2?
A couple plastic classics...

Which would you rather race, take to sea in a swell, surf downwind, sail the Pacific in?

Ericson 35-2 (1969)
LWL: 26'
Beam: 10'
Displacement: 11,600
Draft: 4'11"
Ballast (B/D): 5,000 (43%)
Sail Area (SA/D): 534 (17)

Cal 36 (1966)
LWL: 27'
Beam: 10'3"
Displacement: 11,200
Draft: 5'8"
Ballast (B/D): 4,500 (40%)
Sail Area (SA/D): 600 (19)

mikel1 03-16-2013 08:59 AM

Re: Cal 36 or Ericson 35-2?
Ericson! I just think it has better initial build quality . . .

jameswilson29 03-16-2013 09:15 AM

Re: Cal 36 or Ericson 35-2?
They have nearly identical PHRF ratings - avg. 153. I like both. Probably just a matter of your taste in boats.

zeehag 03-16-2013 09:38 AM

Re: Cal 36 or Ericson 35-2?
if you want to sail really fast, use ericson.

Lake Superior Sailor 03-16-2013 11:46 AM

Re: Cal 36 or Ericson 35-2?
I think the Cal is faster!..Dale

miatapaul 03-16-2013 12:21 PM

Re: Cal 36 or Ericson 35-2?
The one in better shape. Plain and simple, it is condition, condition, condition. Both quality production boats, but older, so it really depends on what one is in better shape. I don't think initial quality really plays much of a roll in a 40 year old boat, if it has made it this far, I think it should be good to go. They are both cruiser/racers. The Cal looks to be more cruiser oriented based purely on the hull shape (longer fin). If the boat is in good shape I don't think you could go wrong going either direction. Not sure when the Cal was last produced but the Ericson was made till 1981 so it had a pretty long production run, that says a lot for the design.

chef2sail 03-16-2013 01:00 PM

Re: Cal 36 or Ericson 35-2?
Very similar boats as was said. Take the one in the best overall condition. I think the Erickson build quality to be a lttle better.

If all was the same condition...I would do the Erickson

zeehag 03-16-2013 05:04 PM

Re: Cal 36 or Ericson 35-2?
my ericson 35 mII has left cals and catalinas in the dust behind the a well designed fast boat ....comfortable and very fast.

kulokoo 03-17-2013 03:02 AM

Re: Cal 36 or Ericson 35-2?
Where is the Ericson faster - upwind or downwind?

The Ericson looks like it might be quicker upwind, or point closer, but I was wondering if the Cal 36 has an advantage surfing downwind swell. I know it's not a Cal 40, but it kind of looks like one.

Lake Superior Sailor 03-17-2013 12:26 PM

Re: Cal 36 or Ericson 35-2?
Cal has less weight & more sail! Longer keel & water line will help not hurt,,lets line them up!...Dale

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