Racer-Cruisers

The Ericson 34 shows a springy sheerline and even proportions throughout. Note the signature Ericson mirror-image portlights.

Sailboat Test: Bruce King Ericson 34

This racer-cruiser balances comfort with performance and speed.

To begin with, let’s make clear which Ericson 34 we’re reviewing about here because Ericson Yachts has a handful of boats in the 35-foot range. Back in 1967, the first Ericson 35 was a typical Cruising Club of America cruising boat, with a long keel and attached rudder. In 1978, an IOR-inspired Ericson 34 was introduced along with the 34T (same hull with a different deck). The boat we are describing here was built by Ericson and then by Pacific Seacraft, post 1991, where it evolved into the new Ericson 35.

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