Greetings from a rainy Wisconsin. About to undertake a limited refit of newly purchased e25, enough to put her in the water next summer and see how she sails. Looking for advice from other Ericson owners who have undertaken similar projects.
Hi Aaron,Hey Kerry,
Thanks for the warm welcome to the Ericson family, and the words of caution and good sense. My wife and I are new to sailing, and this purchase will serve as a relatively affordable first vessel to hone both sailing and refitting skills.
Being landlocked, I plan to trailer the boat to different waters in the Midwest, and since our e25 was not factory equipped with a tabernacle, the installation of a mast hinge and raising system will definitely be one of the first big projects. Rebedding of all deck hardware, dropping and repairing the centerboard, rebuilding the winches and manual bilge pump, rewiring the DC system, glassing over abandoned thru hulls and inspecting current ones, and installing a bow eye are all projects I would like to tackle this winter.
I had a very fortunate encounter with a local fellow sailor who offered me the use of his boat shop over the winter. This will allow me to work on projects I had planned for summer of next year, and hopefully get the boat to water much sooner than anticipated. I will be able to post photos much more easily once the boat is in the shop.
I plan to use this website to obtain tips and advice throughout the process, and look forward to meeting fellow owners. Until next time, may the four winds blow you safely home.