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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 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.
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.