Boat Reviews

Ericson 27

With over 1,300 built, there should be plenty to choose from--but be sure to check out the later boats first.

In the sailboat industry Ericson Yachts was some-what of the archetypal production boatbuilder: trendy, performance oriented, colorfully advertised, and, for the most part, successful. The Ericson line started in 1965 with the enduring 32 and 35, simple and stylized boats that sold mostly to West Coast buyers. The model line then grew, aimed largely at racing sailors, but with models successively introduced to fill in the line and keep Ericson buyers in that builder's boats, eventually reaching a high degree of acceptance throughout the country.

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