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post #7 of Old 05-15-2010
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Wink Oh, it depends

Originally Posted by drcam1 View Post
Looking for a comfortable boat that has the ability to put on some speed when asked. Likely wouldn't be spending more than 3 nights in a row onboard. Other suggestions welcome.
You might want to post up your $ limits -- both initially and within the first two years of ownership....

Both are nice-appearing boats, but, IMHO, not a valid comparison. Is the ODay one of the many wing keel versions they sold? Shoal draft is very helpful in some locales but your pay the price in performance.
The 80's Ericson 32-200 is more of a performance design and more strongly built.

However, if sailing in protected waters, either boat could make you happy.

One caveat on the interior design, both have an aft cabin interior and aft head on opposite side, but...... a 32 footer is at the lower edge of having enough interior volume for this type of layout. Be sure to check the berth sizing, in both ends of both boats. Kick off your shoes, crawl onto the berth, and lie down beside your S.O. and understand where you will be sleeping.

Having mentioned the constraints of their interiors, either one will probably out sail the current crop of ultra-wide RV's-with-a-mast that masquerade as sailboats.

Be prepared to pay more for the Ericson, also.

Let us know what you wind up with.

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