The Ericson 28+ Sailboat

Designed by Bruce King and built in the USA by Ericson Yachts, the Ericson 28+ is a good performer under sail.

An Ericson 28+ cruising yacht under sailAn Ericson 28+ cruiser yacht under sail

Published Specification for the Ericson 28+

Underwater Profile: Fin keel with spade rudder

Hull Material: GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall: 28' 6" / 8.7m

Waterline Length: 24' 2" / 7.4m

Beam: 10' 6" / 3.20m

Draft: 5' 0" / 1.5m

Rig Type: Fractional Sloop

Displacement: 7,500lb / 3,402kg

Designer: Bruce King

Builder:~ Ericson Yachts (USA)

Year First Built: 1980

Year Last Built: 1984

Number Built: 90

Owners Association:  ?

Published Design Ratios for the Ericson 28+

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 17.7

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 40.0

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

Displacement/Length Ratio: 237

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

Comfort Ratio: 19.9

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

Capsize Screening Formula: 2.2

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

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Summary Analysis of Published Design Ratios for the Ericson 28+

  1. She's a reasonably good performer under sail;
  2. She's stiffer than most other vessels in her class;
  3. She's in the moderate category;
  4. Crew comfort in a seaway is similar to that associated with a lightweight racing boat;
  5. She's more suited for coastal sailing than for ocean passages.

Sailboats in the Ericson range include:

  • Ericson 23-1
  • Ericson 23-2
  • Ericson 25
  • Ericson 25+
  • Ericson 26
  • Ericson 26-2
  • Ericson 27
  • Ericson 28-2
  • Ericson 28+
  • Ericson 29
  • Ericson 30-1
  • Ericson 30-2
  • Ericson 30+
  • Ericson 31
  • Ericson 32
  • Ericson 32-2
  • Ericson 32-200
  • Ericson 32-3
  • Ericson 33
  • Ericson 34
  • Ericson 34-2
  • Ericson 34t
  • Ericson 35-1
  • Ericson 35-2
  • Ericson 35-3
  • Ericson 36
  • Ericson 36c
  • Ericson 37
  • Ericson 38
  • Ericson 38-200
  • Ericson 381

Sailboats designed by Bruce King include:

  • Cape Bay 31
  • Ericson 23-1
  • Ericson 23-2
  • Ericson 25
  • Ericson 25+
  • Ericson 26-2
  • Ericson 27
  • Ericson 28-2
  • Ericson 28+
  • Ericson 29
  • Ericson 30-1
  • Ericson 30-2
  • Ericson 30+
  • Ericson 31
  • Ericson 32-2
  • Ericson 32-200
  • Ericson 32-3
  • Ericson 34
  • Ericson 34-2
  • Ericson 34t
  • Ericson 35-1
  • Ericson 35-2
  • Ericson 35-3
  • Ericson 36c
  • Ericson 37
  • Ericson 38
  • Ericson 38-200
  • Ericson 380
  • Ericson 381
  • Ericson 39
  • Ericson 39 B
  • Ericson 41
  • Ericson 46
  • Islander 37
  • Islander 37 Ms
  • Islander 55
  • Tradewinds 55
  • Yachtcraft 37
  • Zap 26
  • Zap 29

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