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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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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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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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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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Cal has less weight & more sail! Longer keel & water line will help not hurt,,lets line them up!...Dale
 

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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)
Like I mentioned both are fine boats and very similar. Despite a small amount of sail area extra the phrf ratings by the USA sanctioning body ratings are exactly the same at 153.
 
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