I have been criticized before for my criticism but here goes anyway.
Are you looking at the American Mariner located in San Diego
or the one in Tacoma? The one in Tacoma looks like a lot of boat for the money
and if you never leave the dock
for long distance or big water
cruising seems a good value.
I have some experience working on an American 23 and know that their construction at hull
join is pretty weak. The boat we had up on stands dented at each of the pressure points along the hull
so the the hull below the waterline was pretty lightly laid up. the shoal keel
was a fiberglass
form with a lead pig laid in it and the lead was not sealed all around like it should have been. There was no compression
post in the interior so the mast
was compressing onto the cabin
top and deforming the top enough to cause a dent where water
Of the three boat you mentioned I'd go for Ericson. I don't know what other boats you've looked at though and there are lots more out there.