Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
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First boat: Ericson 27 or Catalina 27?
I have a lot more experience with the Catalina 27 than the Ericson 27. My impression of the two is that the Ericson is better constructed and probably an easier boat for a new sailor to handle. That said, the Catalina 27 is not a bad boat. They offer a reasonably good sailing abilities and roomy accomodations. At least in Annapolis, where I live there is an active racing association. I don''t know if that is the case where you live. If it is, that even if you did not choose to race, you should have good access to people know how to sail the Catalina well. The Catalinas are not terribly robust boats so make sure that if you go the Catalina route that you get the boat throughly surveyed.