Ericson Yachts

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Ericson Yachts, Inc. was a pioneering builder of fiberglass yachts. Ericson is now out of business, but its designs have been reproduced periodically by other manufacturers.

Ericson 38 Cappuccino from Berkeley Yacht Club, racing on San Francisco Bay

History[edit]

Ericson Yachts was founded by Handy and Jenkins in about 1963. They began with molds bought from a defunct builder as well as from an enterprising dump operator. After a year or two of operation, they filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy and were subsequently purchased by Mark Pitman and Del Walton in 1965. During this period yacht designer Bruce King's first production designs were built. They were the E-30, E-32 Scorpion, E-41, E-35-2, and the E-23. In 1968 Ericson was sold to Pacific American Industries, Roland Mayotte Chairman. Mark Pitman stayed on as president, and Del Walton stayed on as VP of sales. The new facility on Deere Ave in Irvine was built by PAI. During this period the E-32-2, E-29, E-39, E-27, and E-46 were built. 1.64 In 1971 Ericson was sold to CML, Charles Leighton Chairman. Mark Pitman left, and Del Walton became president. During this period the E-25, E-37, E-23-2, E-36C, Madcap (custom 40) (Ericson 41 1967-1971 1-50 Hauls 41'Ocean Racer) E-31C/Independence 31,E-34-R/E-34-T, E-30-2/30+ were produced. In 1978 Red Cavaney replaced Del Walton as president. The E-25+/26, E-38/E-381/E-38-200 were produced. In 1981 Eugene Kohlmann replaced Red Caveney as president. The E-35-3/E-34, E-32-3, and the E-28 were produced. In 1985 Ericson was sold by CML to Acquico, Eugene Kohlmann president. In 1990 Ericson ceased operations and liquidated assets. Some of the molds the E-26, E-28, E-32, E-34, E-38, and E-43 (never built) were bought by Pacific Seacraft, a subsidiary of Singmarine Corp.

Pacific Seacraft itself was purchased by Southern Californian businessman Jeffrey Emery in September 1998.

Hull #1,[1] E-32 Scorpion resides in Oregon, built in 1965, and is possibly the first production Ericson.

Ericson owners support a well-regarded Web site featuring articles on maintenance and use of the many models: http://www.ericsonyachts.org/infoexchange/forum.php

Models[edit]

Model Years Built Hull Numbers LOA LWL Beam Displacement IOR PHRF CSF
Ericson 23 1968-1971 1-165 23' 19' 6" 7' 6" 2,700 lbs. 264 2.15
Ericson 23 II 1974-1979 201-470 22' 11" 19' 6" 7' 11" 3,100 lbs. 222
Ericson 25 1972-1978 1-384 24' 8" 20' 10" 8' 0" 5,400 lbs. 18.0 1.82
Ericson 25+ 1979-1984 501-693 25' 5" 21' 10" 9' 3" 5,000 lbs. 204 2.16
Ericson 26 1966-1969 1-190 25' 10" 21' 11" 9' 2" 5,250 lbs. 234 2.12
Ericson 26 II 1967-1968 1-11 25' 10" 21' 11" 9' 2" 5,250 lbs. 234 2.12
Ericson 26 III 1984-? 200-?
Ericson 26 IV (300s) 1987-? 300-?
Ericson 27 1971-1979 1-1302 26' 9" 20' 6" 9' 0" 6,600 lbs. 225 1.88
Ericson 28+ 1980-1984 501-594 186
Ericson 28 1985-1990 600-? 28' 6" 24' 2" 10' 6" 7,500 lbs. 186 2.06
Ericson 29 1970-1979 2-626 28' 7" 22' 0" 9' 3" 8,500 lbs. 198
Ericson 30 1966-1970 1-150 30' 3" 23' 4" 9' 6" 7,800 lbs. 26.5 192
Ericson 30 II 1977-1979 1-47 29' 11" 25' 4" 10' 5" 8,990 lbs. 162
Ericson 30+ 1979-? 501-? 29' 11" 25' 4" 10' 6" 9,000 lbs. 162
Ericson 31C 1976-1978 1-25 30' 11" 23' 11" 10' 5" 11,400 lbs. 1.85
Ericson 31 (Independence 31) 1978-1981 26-71 30' 11" 23' 11" 10' 5" 11,500 lbs. 1.85
Ericson 32 "Scorpion" 1967-1967 1-24 32' 3" 6' 3" 198
Ericson 32 II 1969-1978 101-573 32'5" 25'8" 9' 8" 8,806 lbs. 180
Ericson 32 III 1985- 601-? 156
Ericson 32 200 1988-?  ? 32' 5" 25' 9" 10' 9" 9,700 lbs. 2.02
Ericson 33 1981-1984 1-28 33' 0" 26' 10" 11' 2" 9,500 lbs. 25.2
Ericson 333
Ericson 34-T 1978
Ericson 34 1987-1996 34' 10" 123
Ericson 35 1967-1968 1-45 34' 9"
Ericson 35 II 1969-1981 102-612 34' 8" 27' 10" 10' 0" 11,600 lbs. 1.77
Ericson 35 III 1982-1990 111-281 35' 6" 28' 4" 11' 4" 13,000 lbs. 123 1.93
Ericson 36C 1975-1977 1-66 36' 0" 30' 0" 12' 0" 16,000 lbs.
Ericson 36 Ron Holland 1979-1984 1-? 35' 7" 29' 0" 11' 10" 11,600 lbs. 108
Ericson 37 1973-1975 1-53 37' 5" 28' 6" 11' 4" 16,000 lbs. 120
Ericson 38 1979-1987 1-126 37' 8" 30' 6" 12' 0" 14,900 lbs.
Ericson 380 (Pacific Seacraft) 1993-? 1-26 37' 10" 30' 6" 12' 0" 15,500 lbs. 114
Ericson 381 1982-1986 501-539 117
Ericson 382 1985-1986 200-230
Ericson 38 III 1987-? 231-?
Ericson 39 1970-1979 1-106 39' 0" 30' 0" 11' 4" 19,000 lbs. 108 1.69
Ericson 39B 1974-1978 201-221 39' 0" 30' 0" 11' 4" 22,000 lbs. 108
Ericson 39 SM 1971-???? 39' 0" 30' 0" 11' 4" 19,000 lbs.
Ericson 41 1967-1971 1-50 41' 4" 29' 2" 10' 8" 17,800 lbs. 150 1.64
Ericson 46 1971-1974 2-23 45' 10" 35' 0" 13' 3" 31,500 lbs. 72

Note: The PHRF handicaps shown below are based on Southern California PHRF Buoy ratings. PHRF handicap ratings from other regions may be different.

  • Ericson 32-3 - PHRF 156
  • Ericson 33 - PHRF 126
  • Ericson 33P - PHRF 120
  • Ericson 34 - PHRF 123
  • Ericson 34T - PHRF 144
  • Ericson 35 - PHRF 150
  • Ericson 35-1 - PHRF 192
  • Ericson 35-2 - PHRF 150
  • Ericson 35-3 - PHRF 123
  • Ericson 36 - PHRF 102
  • Ericson 36CR - PHRF 186
  • Ericson 36M - PHRF 90
  • Ericson 38 - PHRF 114
  • Ericson 38+20 - PHRF 132
  • Ericson 38-20 - PHRF 132
  • Ericson 41S - PHRF 150
  • Ericson 41T - PHRF 132
  • Ericson 46-C - PHRF 81

References[edit]

  1. ^ OR 280 TN registration

Sources[edit]

  • Hornor, Jack. "Ericson 38 - 2nd Time Around," Boat/US Magazine, May, 2002.
  • "New Boat Review," Practical Sailor, 24(2), January 15, 1998.
  • Southern California PHRF (Rating Board)
  • Ericson Owner's History Webpage
  • Ericson Discovers The Keys to Success
  • Kretcschmer, John, Used Boat Notebook, Sheridan House, 2002 pages 101 -105
  • Spurr, Daniel, Heart of Glass, McGraw Hill, 2000 pages 144, 239 - 240, 292 & 352.
  • Jones, Gregory, The American Sailboat, MBI Publishing Co., 2002, ISBN 0-7603-1002-5 pgs 168 - 169
  • Editors of Practical Sailor, Practical Boat Buying, Belvoir Books, 2003 ISBN 978-1-879620-72-8 pg 191

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