The Ericson 34 looks and sails like a big boat. Of course, with an LOA of 34 feet, 10 inches, it's pretty close to being 35 feet anyway. Bruce King has always designed graceful boats that just seem to look right in the water, and the 34 is one of his best efforts. Most who see her sailing or enjoy her high headroom and spacious interior layout swear she has to be a 38'. When assured she really is 34.10, have often heard she has more room than most boats up to 40.
The proportions are moderate, from the amount of sheer and freeboard to the ballast, displacement and sail area numbers. The masthead sloop rig supports just about 600 square feet of sail area and this can be powered up with a genoa. The 5 foot 4" wing keel helps the boat track well to weather and the balanced rudder provides excellent steering on deep reaches.
The Ericson 34 hull is solid fiberglass and taken from a single-piece mold. Ericson was justifiably proud of its "Tri-axial Force Grid," a molded structure of thwarts and stringers that give the hull rigidity and provides excellent support for the keel and rig loads. The sandwich deck has a balsa core with plywood backing under through-deck fittings for extra strength. The fiberglass hull and deck joint is less prone to leaking than through-bolts. The keel is externally fastened with beefy bolts. The rudder is foam over a steel frame with a thin fiberglass skin.
This boat is gorgeous and sails as good as she looks!
Our trip on Anthem was incredible. Granted, the wind and weather conditions were a big part of this, the Ericson 34 handled 15-20+ kn of wind beautifully. We were able to get from Afterguard in the Oakland Estuary, out to the Golden Gate Bridge and back before dark. It was a gorgeous day, and the Ericson sailed marvelously. The interior accommodations are plentiful and clean and comfortable. The exterior and clean and updated. The inboard diesel starts immediately and runs strong and moves the boat very well.
Though this vessel doesn't have a ton of electronic gizmos, the boat is easy to read. Overall, a great sailing experience. As always, Mary is wonderful to work with.