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    Buying Ericson 35.5 Mk3

    I am close to an agreement for purchasing a 1985 Ericson 35.5 Mark III. This is a fresh water, one owner boat and has been very well taken care of. It has a new hot water tank, new mast, refreshed rigging and good sail inventory. Next week I am heading to Annapolis to look at a few add-on items. I would appreciate any advice on the following:

    • Auto Pilot. I think I want to add one. Not sure if I should build my own, get a wheel unit or piston unit.
    • Dinghy: (I would prefer a dinghy that could carry 4 people).
      • Anyone with suggestions regarding storage, or appropriate size for a dinghy would be appreciated, as I hope to spend many nights next summer at anchor on the Great Lakes.
      • Should I add davits to the boat, put the dinghy in front of the mast or between the mask and companionway?
      • Without davits, what suggestions do you have for the dinghy to be hauled on deck.

    • Any other suggestions you would make for 1st year upgrades.

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    Is that the boat over in Sandusky that RCR was showing? I am over in Ashtabula with my 30+ and always look for Ericson's for sale in Ohio. I added a Raymarine Autopilot system which really works well. I am extremely satisfied with it. I really don't have any suggestions on a dinghy. But let me know if you get it.

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    Thanks for the input. I'm looking at a different boat. Excited about cruising next year.

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    Welcome to the forum!

    Autopilot, yes, you want one of those. The 35 mk III will to well with a wheel autopilot. If you use the search function youíll find discussions and conclusions regarding the same. If you have difficulty finding the threads please shout out and someone will come to the rescue. I took out an obsolete below decks unit and replaced it with the same based on conversations with the vendor. The smart thing would have been to save $2k and hours of crawling around in small spaces wishing I had longer arms and smaller hands by installing a perfectly capable wheel driven unit. Live life, learn lessons.

    Davits, handy to have and I put a set of 42Ē x 42Ē Garhauer davits off the stern to hold a RIB when the motor has been removed and mounted on the rails. The arm length of the davit was to try to overcome some of the reverse on the stern. Even so, it takes an oar to push the dinghy clear when raising, but then tucks it in nicely when hoisted. Sadly, I canít use the self-steering vane with this convenience and will take them off eventually. I donít really notice the extra weight on the stern, about equal to a small human sized crew mate.

    I believe Christian Williams puts his sailing dinghy before the mast. Weíll have to see if he weighs in on how the heck he getís it up and off of there, and how often. A dinghy that can hold four is going to weigh some pounds and have to be of a size that will eat up a bunch of foredeck room, not to mention awkward to move around. Might be worth taking a couple of trips with crew on a smaller rubber duck.

    Glad to have another 35 III aboard. Youíll like it here...

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    Annapolis 2019

    I had a blast at Annapolis but was amazed to watch the show get flooded as the high afternoon tides arrived.
    I spend a good deal of time talking to RayMarine and like the EV-100 and the Axiom 9000 chart-plotter.
    On the dinghy front, I am thinking that the the Porta-Boat 10 may be the ideal solution.
    If you have access to an Ericson 35 and could tell me if you think I could fit a 10' 9" x 24" x 7" folded boat along the rail I would appreciate it.
    I would probably add a Honda outboard or consider a Torqeedo electric unit
    I am also excited about a electric WinchRiite from Sailoigy

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    Quote Originally Posted by e_herlihy View Post
    On the dinghy front, I am thinking that the the Porta-Boat 10 may be the ideal solution.
    If you have access to an Ericson 35 and could tell me if you think I could fit a 10' 9" x 24" x 7" folded boat along the rail I would appreciate it.
    I would probably add a Honda outboard or consider a Torqeedo electric unit
    Sounds like an ideal application for the Magma rail mount or similar. I've had them for a few seasons on an E29 and they do hold a SUP or Yak securely outside the rail while keeping the deck clear. It's not without compromise - occasionally they interfere with the sheets and can block views from the cabin. Or from the cockpit, when seated. And I imagine that a boarding wave off-shore would wreak mayhem.
    s/v arcturus E29 #134

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    In response to Max, my Eastport Pram only weighs 65 pounds wet. It's easy for one person to leverage it over the side, or haul it back up. The lifelines are the handy fulcrum.

    A small inflatable is just as easy to carry up there--and holds more people than the pram. I carried the pram on the 32-3 also, same ease.
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