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This yacht has recently just undergone a complete refit ashore and is just awaiting her mast to go back on which will need new standing rigging. Well over 100,000 USD has been spent on the work including a full engine rebuild and full interior refit.
Viewing is a must and is only available through Simpson Marine who hold the exclusive listing of this classic yacht.
Designed by Bruce King, and introduced in 1970, the 39 was a serious racer-cruiser in its day. With its flush deck, powerful sloop rig and nicely finished mahogany interior, it was sexy and expensive. Ericson was on top of its game in the 1970s. Today, the Ericson 39 may not be perceived as sexy, but it can certainly still be a serious boat and it is anything but expensive.
The short 30-foot waterline shows a boat with a long, very nice looking entry and a pinched IOR counter stern. Still, the 9-foot overhangs translate into a ratio of just over 20 percent of LOA, less than other similar boats of the era. The swept-back fin keel with a deep forefoot, fullish aft sections that form a three-quarter skeg, reveal a hull shape that is not prone to pounding and should be able to muscle its way through rough seas. The draft is just under 6 feet and the air draft is just under 60 feet, both very workable numbers for practical cruising. The ballast-to-displacement ratio is nearly 50 percent, accounting for a high degree of stiffness. The sail area/displacement ratio of 16.62 was perfect for a performance cruiser in 1970, but today that puts the 39 squarely in the cruiser category. That does not mean that it is not a very nice sailing boat, because it is.
Ericson laminated its boats in split molds, essentially building them in halves and then joining them along the centerline afterward. This was common in the early days. It was easier to work with half a hull in the shoe, and removing a boat with tumblehome was less of a process. The key is that the two halves are well joined; any way you slice it this is a secondary bond. However, I have never heard of any problems with old Ericson hull joints, and the Contessa 32 that we sailed around the Horn was built the same way. The solid fiberglass hull and balsa-cored deck are joined on an inward flange. Solid plywood was used in lieu of balsa in areas of high load under the deck.
As mentioned before, the bulkheads are plywood, and were well-tabbed to the hull. The cabin sole is a molded piece, and this required another secondary bond, but streamlined the building process. The internal ballast is lead, something we don't see as much of today.
The first thing you notice about the cockpit of the Ericson 39 is the placement of the wheel; it's just behind the bridgedeck, not right over the rudder like you would suspect. The emergency tillerhead farther aft reveals the actual rudder stock position. However, it does have practical advantages. It frees up the rest of the cockpit for sail handling, and for lounging, and it also allows the helmsperson to tuck under the spray dodger and out of the weather. There are two good-sized cockpit lockers on most 39s.
The 39 tracks well up wind, and has a soft motion in a seaway. The narrow beam, pinched stern and deep aft sections are not ideal for running, but it is a capable boat in the trade winds. The masthead rig is ideal for poling out a headsail when running.
|Wind Speed and Direction||✓|
|Manual Bilge Pump||✓|
|Drive Type||Direct Drive|
|Length at Waterline||30ft|
|Fresh Water Tank|