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Ericson 30
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1 6238 Fri April 27, 2007
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100% of reviewers None indicated 10.0

Description: Sturdy FG sloop. Forward V birth suitable for
only one adult or two children. Interior has a FG overhead liner only. Most leaks from from windows
particulary head slider. New gasket and bedding corrects problem. Handrails replacement will require cutting into liner. Access to entire hull is good so
major repairs if needed are paractical.

Engine access , however, is nearly impossible except for agile dwarfs. Some have corrected this by forming a cockpit hatch over engine. Floor of cockpit given (over time) to breakdown due to water penatration.

Also forward deck areas just at cabin turn can become soft from heavy use. Cockpit can be fixed by installing hatch and stiffening entire area. Forward areas need to reinforced from below. (A messy but manageable job for novice.)

Mast compression on overhead FG beam needs to
be monitored. If a sag is noted then remove mast
and install a compression post to door jam first making
a 'mast step' molded to hull with new floor formed over area.

Electrical was elementrary but standard for the day of build. Most should be ripped out and replaced although wireing between deck and liner is robust and can usualy be reused. It is usually not marine grade so check for rot under coating.

Keel is molded with inside embeded balast. A very
reliable method and so far trouble free. The interior
chain plates leak over time and will rot bulkheads.

Moveing chains to outside of hull is solution but one
loses a small (but critical) ability to point since sheets
cannot be hard in.

Rudder has a strong shoe for extra support. Shaft is usually 1" off set to port to clear rudder post. Very
difficult to install wheel steering on this model. Rudder shaft is led from tube just above water line with no water seal so it cannot be easily cut down to fit quadrant.

Boat is slightly stern heavy especially if one loads up the massive cockpit lockers. Keep weight forward
to correct.

Boat sails well on all points and will usually out perform most others of the same vintage. It will in my experience easily outsail the later E 30+ model. I would recomend this Model for a complete rebuild job if you have the time. Beatup examples are easily
available for under $5K.


Mike Dixon SS 'Pokoli' 1967 E 30
Keywords: 30 FG inboard sloop molded cutaway keel
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Registered: February 2006
Location: Sunset Beach Hawaii

Review Date: Fri April 27, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 


am redoing e30.... 3rd year coming great >I have 1967 ads and literature.
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