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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)
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Re: Cal 36 or Ericson 35-2?

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

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

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

my ericson 35 mII has left cals and catalinas in the dust behind the mist....is a well designed fast boat ....comfortable and very fast.
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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.
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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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