I have owned a 1979 Ericson
Independence 31 Cutter
# 48, for about 18 years. When I bought her the engine
had 150 hrs, it now has about 800 hrs.
I have sailed her extensively for those 18 years in the San Juan Islands
area of Puget Sound Washington
She has the standard interior
layout w/ a "V" berth in the forward compartment, a head
to Starbord just aft of the "V" berth, then the saloon
has a gimbaled, 3 burner alcohol stove w/ oven
, hot & cold pressure water
, an ice box and a navigation
desk to starboard. On the starboard bulkhead behind the head
is a fold down table, w/ an extension, setees to port and starboard, giving seating for 4 comfortably. The starboard setee converts to a double berth, the port setee will sleep one.
I recently had to replace the fuel tank
, as the original had a pin hole leak in it. That was a major operation, as they built the boat around the tank. I had to remove the nav sta and bulkhead in order to remove and replace the tank, however, I was able to have a new tank manfactured in exactly the same configuration as the original.
I have had some problems w/ leakage around the port holes. I figured out what was causing the leakage - - the nuts had loosened that hold the ports
in place, I retightened all of them and replaced some nuts and bolts that had loosened over the years, problem solved
Spray (her name) sails
beautifully, I have the Yankee and the staysail on roller furlers, w/ the sheets
led to the cockpit
so I don't have to leave the comfort of the cockpit
to set them. The main isn't roller furled.
I have an Espar forced air diesel
heater and a dodger
for a full cockpit cover as it rains a lot here and I sail her year around.
I haven't had any problems w/ the bow sprit, though I do keep it varnished (Cetol) w/ 6 coats. I go over ALL the teak
topside every year.
The Yanmar 2QM15 engine
has never let me down, it burns about 3/4 gal. / hr @ 6 kts +or-, giving me about 300 miles cruising range under power.
"klunk" is something I understand many I 31's share, mine isn't exempt.
To my knowledge, Ericson
(Pacific Seacraft) built about 80 Independence 31's from 1977 to 1983 (I think).
Spray is an easy to handle, tough little cruiser that sails
fast and turns heads where ever we go. I spend a good deal of my time receiving compliments and questions about her at every marina we spend time in.
If you can find one, I think you would be happy with it.