Final iteration of this Bruce King classic (it's a faster, more modern boat. than the original Ericson 35, or the Mk II) in SUPER nice shape and the standard draft version (more desirable for typical Bay conditions than the shoal keel) to boot!
The Ericson 35 is an aft-cockpit classic with a solid hand laid FRP hull, moderate draft from a large fin keel and semi-balanced spade rudder; it was produced with slight modifications for almost 25 years and was one of Ericson's most successful launches and it's easy to see why--as naval architect Jack Hornor notes. "This is a great looking boat with a pronounced sheer and very well balanced overhangs. The trunk cabin is nicely proportioned and extends far enough forward to allow good standing headroom in the forward cabin." (see entire article by clicking on "FULL SPECS" above).
Note this boat shows very nicely inside and out with electronics updated in 2018, sails inspected in 2019 and roller furler serviced in 2020, last bottom painted in late 2017.
Large private V-berth with seating area forward, next aft port side is head with separate stall shower port side, hanging locker starboard. Continue aft to salon with U-shaped settee and dinettte which converts to double berth port side, straight settee/single berth across starboard.
Far aft port side is nav table and quarter berth, centerline companionway then galley starboard.
Note lovely teak interior in very nice shape with classic dark blue cushions, teak & holly sole, 6'2 headroom, interior boasts almost 25% more space than the original Ericson 35.
U-shaped galley with melamine countertop and deep stainless steel sink with hot/cold pressure water (hot water heater engine and 110V fired), Force 10 three burner LPG propane stove with oven, large ice box with holding plate refrigeration. Manual pump toilet.
Raymarine autopilot (2015) with 10S display (2018), 9" Raymarine a98 mutifunction device (2018, color touchscreen chart plotter with Lighthouse Nav charts, also other screens, sysyem contols and WiFi) at helm, Raymarine wind vane (2018) all set up on NMEA2000 network (2018), Icom VHF radios at nav station and helm. Weems & Plath ship's clock and barometer, ship's bell.
Fusion/Garmin stereo system and BT head unit (2020) with two separate speaker zones (cabin and cockpit).
110V AC / 12V DC. 30 amp shorepower service, alternator and battery charger to two heavy duty 12v batteries (2016) with parallel switch and galvanic isolator.
Tapered aluminum keel-stepped mast with double spreader rig, aluminum boom with Dacron mainsail (1998, inspected 2019) and 120% jib (2013, inspected 2019) on roller furler, 1x19 stainless steel wire shrouds with swedge fittings.
Two Barient #27 self-tailing winches, two Barient #21 winches, single Lewmar #30 two speed self tailing winch on cabintop, Garhauer mainsheet with Harken traveller, outboard adjustable genoa tracks with controls lead aft and rope clutches for mainsheet and main halyard.
Hand laid FRP hull with balsa cored decks and reinforced deck-to-hull joint, semi-balanced spade rudder and deep swept back fin keel with lead ballast, bottom, hull color is white with dark blue boot and shear stripe.
Note Ericsons are built with a patented structural technology called the Tri-axial Force Grid that distributes mast-induced loads thru a network of hollow floor beams to improve stiffness and strength-to-weight ratio and reduce engine vibration.
Double rail bow and stern pulpits, stainless steel stanchions with backing plates and double lifelines, stainless steel swim ladder, stainless steel dingy davits, robust offshore dodger with grab rails side and back with bimini that connects to dodger, cockpit seat cushions.
Thirty three lb. Bruce anchor on stainless steel anchor roller, bow anchor locker with chain and line rode.
Low time on fresh water cooled 21 hp three cylinder Universal diesel engine with full instrumentation.
This month we are going to take a look at the Ericson 35. This Bruce King designed cruiser-racer was introduced in 1969, continued in production until 1982 and was one of Ericson's most successful designs. Nearly 600 boats were built. In a classic sense, this is a great looking boat with a pronounced sheer and very well balanced overhangs. The trunk cabin is nicely proportioned and extends far enough forward to allow good standing headroom in the forward cabin.
This Ericson 35 is representative of a transition period in cruiser-racer design. When this Ericson 35 was introduced, the CCA (Cruising Club of America) rating rule was in effect. However, the IOR (International Offshore Rule) was gaining considerable support and loomed large on the horizon. Influences of late CCA, early IOR and even 12 meter rules can be seen in this design. In fact, the Ericson 35 had a very successful racing career under the CCA rule and continued to be competitive through the early years as an IOR racer.
Construction of this Ericson 35 utilizes a solid laminate of fiberglass cloth and plastic resins in the hull. Hulls were built in split molds resulting in two halves which were then joined on the centerline. This is a common method of construction which allows boats with a molded inward flange at the sheer for joining the deck or boats that have tumblehome hull sections to be removed from the mold once cured. This method of construction is perfectly acceptable provided that adequate reinforcement is used and that secondary bonding is sound. I have not heard of nor seen any problems with the hull joint of Ericson boats over the years. There are a few common and persistent problems one should look for if considering an Ericson 35 of this vintage. It is common to find some degree of deck leaks in the area where rigging chain plates penetrate the deck. If these leaks have been ignored, the main bulkhead, to which the chain plates are attached, may be delaminated or rotted. Plywood was generally used to add strength to the deck composite where hardware is attached. In some cases, attachments were poorly bedded and leaked. This has lead to the deterioration of the plywood core severely weakening these attachments. Other safety concerns or annoyances include the use of gate valve closures on the through hull fittings of older models, the use of ternplate steel fuel tanks that are prone to rust and failure, and use of a 3/4" diameter propeller shaft which may be prone to failure. Most Ericson 35s of this vintage exhibit some degree of mild osmotic blistering although it is unusual to find severe blistering.
Nearly 30 years after its introduction, the performance of this Ericson 35 is still respectable. With an updating of sail handling gear and good sails, a number of boats still compete and win. The sail area displacement of 16.4 is quite high for a boat of this period. This combined with a relatively narrow beam of 10' and a draft of 4'11" result in a boat that may not stand up well to a blow and is likely to develop more than a normal amount of weather helm if a reduction in sail area does not accompany an increase in wind velocity. Other than this you are likely to find that this boat has no particular bad habits sailing either upwind or down.
Despite its relatively narrow beam, the interior arrangement of the Ericson 35 is roomy and well thought out. There is a V-berth forward followed by head and lockers. The main saloon offers either a port side dinette and starboard side settee or port and starboard settees. Aft there is a starboard side galley and port side quarter berth and navigation station. The cockpit of this boat is very large and separated by a full-depth thwart on which the traveler is mounted. Steering may be by either a tiller mounted forward of the thwart or a wheel mounted aft.
Until 1973 all, Ericson 35s were built with Universal Atomic-4 gas engines. After 1973, several diesel engine options were offered. Engine installation on early model boats, with the dinette option, was beneath the aft end of the dinette. On the double settee model, engines were located in the more standard location beneath the companionway.
Ericsons generally enjoy a good reputation for quality, sound construction and style. The draft of 4'11" is not too restrictive for cruising the Chesapeake. This should prove to be a nice family cruiser that should not put you in the poor house. Prices generally range (in thousands) from high teens to high $30s depending on the age and condition of the boat.
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