I am about two years older than you, and yup I do have less energy for this stuff than I did twenty years ago. Having said that I would not want to change over to a slow or inefficient sailboat design that needed 15 kts just to start sailing.I am totally new to this blog so hopefully I am in the right place asking the right person or persons. I have had a 1978 Ericson 35 with an overall displacement of I believe about 11,500 pounds and a "swept fin" keel of about 5,000 pounds. It has the original mast and the basic sail plan is a Full North Main and a 135 roller furling jib.
I am almost 70 and would like to keep sailing as long as I can. I love almost everything about the boat except its tenderness– When it gets about 15 or 16 kn, I have to reduce sail area and I want to know if anyone has modified their keel, for example with a lead boot superimposed on the existing keel to make it a stiffer rig? I am going to consult a naval architect but wanted to get feedback from existing owners as to whether this has been successfully tried before.
Thank you for any help you can provide and I'm not sure if I look for responses in my personal email or here. If you want to respond to my personal email it is mgruning@Gmail.com
I recommend Railmakers. They'll likely be able to repair your damage. They repaired three of my creased and bent stanchions. Two of them were gate stanchions. They also did a custom bend on my new angle guard. Good luck!I ended up with a bent port side pushpit on my 1987 E34-2 and was hoping to find either a replacement or a blue print to fabricate a new one. I have left a message at a local shop called Railmakers in Everett WA that supposedly does a great job building railings and pullpits etc. for boats. They have not returned my call yet. Any my information of suggestions would be appreciated.
Having shopped an Ericson 34 built by PSC, my take on it is that their off-the-shelf hardware was -sometimes- a little better. Like their wiring harness for all the DC and AC panels. Since they were using the scantlings of the King-designed Ericson's, I would guess that the construction was just as good, but not likely to be any better. After all they were using almost all of the same tooling and patterns. They were not likely to be changing too much (except for the new stern boarding platform on their Ericson 38-200), since they were having to watch their money pretty carefully thru the 90's.Hello there!
Hope I'm doing this correctly.
I'm currently in the market for a Great Lakes racer/cruiser in the 35' range, and have taken a liking to two Ericson 34s. One is an 87 E34-2, and the other is a 92 E34-200. Both are in good shape and appear to have been well cared for.
The question I have is, 'How are these two boats different from one another?'
I'm aware of the change in builder from Ericson to PS, but can't find any reference to differences in how the two builders actually built the boats. Nor can I find any reference to interior differences. There also seems to be some prevailing sense that the PS built E34s are "better," but nothing to back that up.
Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated.