As Horner's article suggests, there are a number of quite different boats called an Ericson
35. But if it is the most common model of that name, I think Horner says most everything. My experience with that model is only a five day delivery
, but I found that the rudder
to be a bit small for the rig for my tastes, but that might be a small thing if you reef early or chop down the sails
a bit. My personal opinion is that many production boats are fine for cruising if they are well maintained and competently sailed. I am surprised by folks who are reluctant to pay modestly more for a vessel in significantly better condition and better maintained. The costs of bringing a poor condition vessel up to safe cruising standards can be a lot more than buying
one that has been maintained and upgraded--I think therein lies the argument for buying
one of the more traditional "cruising" boats--many of them have been upgraded (ground tackle, navigation) and maintained (rig and engine) already and the overall costs to you might be less than bringing an average or poorly maintained, lightly sailed production boat up to safe standards for cruising.