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Ericson 35 Mk 2 want info
1. What experiences and opinions do you have about the Ericson 35 Mk II?
2. What are good values and what other boats might be suitable extended coastal cruisers in to $20 000 - $40 000 range (counting both purchase and urgent repairs or upgrades)? Good construction, sea kindliness, and good performance in different winds would be nice.
My wife and I have been looking at a 1976 Ericson 35 Mk II (diesel) that's for sale.
Info from the Ericson owner's site (there doesn't seem to be a specific Ericson 35 or 35 Mk2 site/owner group) and various reviews gives me the idea that this boat could be a good fit for us.
We're looking for a boat for the two of us (occasionally one or two guests or short-term cruising or race crew) to do day sails, weekend to week-long cruises, and the once-a-year "extended coastal cruise"; i.e. several weeks in and out of marinas and anchorages within 50 miles of shore. Maybe we'd try the Inside Passage and Baja Haha or beyond. We've raced and cruised smaller boats mostly on lakes, with occasional coastal charters. We don't really tolerate boats that are too slow or "piggy-ish". We might use the boat as a stepping-stone to a bigger cruiser many years down the road if the lifestyle takes to us.
Reviewers have noted gate valves for water inlets, the 3/4 inch shaft, ternplate steel fuel tank, and some possible deck hardware bedding issues and mild blistering. The boat also needs to be reefed before winds build up. The Ericson is said to move fairly well in lighter airs. It doesn't have as much interior volume as some newer "marina queen" boat designs.
The boat we're looking at has some rust on the rudder, a flimsy / poorly bedded bow pulpit, a tiny anchor roller and smallish anchor, and no opening ports. V berth forward with head to port, salon with dinette port and settee stbd, galley stbd, chart table port, port quarter-berth, divided cockpit with (end-boom sheeted main) traveler just forward of wheel with brake and autohelm. Sails may be a little tired, especially the furler genoa.
On the plus side, this particular boat has been re-powered with a three-cylinder Yanmar that has very few hours since its rebuild, and has a new head and lots of gear on board.
Basic numbers: 34'8 loa, 27'10" lwl, 10'0" beam, 4'11" draft, 48' bridge clearance/air draft, 11 600 lbs. displacement, 5 000 lbs ballast (43%, fin),
More numbers: 6'2" salon head room, 16.4-16.7 SA/D, 533 sq ft upwind sails (301 main, 232.7 jib), appr. 150 PHRF, 84.8 Portsmouth, 1.77 capsize screen factor, guessing about 21.5 CSV, maybe around 144 deg AVS, 43.0 I (main hoist), 14.0 J, 35.67 P, 13.0 E, 500 boats built.
So, (1) Whatdaya think of the Ericson 35 mkII and (2) other boats?