Doesn't appear to be much opinion on the Ericsons here. I guess they are all on the bottom; or everyone is out sailing them with no time to respond. I've some time because for the first time in 20+ years I broke my boat and I'm not out sailing... but since I'm recently retired I'm out & about in SoCal in my land yacht the USRV Dreamer visiting grandbabies and looking for parts
. And if a response is still requested heres mine.
My understanding is that early Ericson's were made very heavy due to the early design of fiberglass
being of the thinking of feasibly thicker to better serve structural integrity rather than the current
thought of feasibly thinner to better move through the water
. They both have a place with some sacrifices that are obvious. As for the heavier hull
I am grateful, I'm kind of an adrenalyn sailor and prefer my boat holding up in high winds as my older boat did most recently when I broke it... but that's another story.
What did break was the spreader bracket when I took a 50+ mph puff I've taken hits before but this one put the the main around the spreader and wouldn't let up enough to ease it off. So I will attest to the rigging
which I will assume is 44 years old (the boat has been on fresh water
for the time I've had it, and the rigging
obviously of high quality was not ill affected by its time on salt
I think a much lighter boat would have had her sails
in the water with the hit the old Ericson
took. So if you're into heavy wind
, adrenalyn sailing the Ericson seems to me to be a very fine old boat.