1982 30' Ericson 30 Plus

in Kemah, TX



  • Diesel

Seller note:

From the 1960s to the late 1980s, California-based Ericson Yachts produced thousands of sailboats. One of the first models to emerge was the Ericson 30, designed by Bruce King.
The E30's high bow, sheer, and balanced overhangs are complemented by Sold glass toerails and the tall, rounded coachroof that sweeps upward forward of the comfortable cockpit. Wide side decks make it easy to move forward inside the shrouds.
Touted as a racer/cruiser, the E30 raced successfully under the C.C.A. rule. A long, swept-back fin keel containing 3,000 pounds of encapsulated lead ballast works with the rudder hung on a partial skeg to keep the boat balanced on all points of sail. At 35 feet, the rig is short by today's standards, making big overlapping jibs necessary for light airs. The wheel steering is near the middle of the cockpit sole, and with the traveler located just forward of the wheel and well-placed winches, the boat is convenient to singlehand.
Below, it offers 6-foot-2-inch headroom in a wood interior with bulkheads bonded to the hull. A vinyl headliner brightens the cabin and provides access to many of the deck fittings. Ten fixed ports admit lots of light, while a large forward hatch provides ventilation.
The galley is at the foot of the removable companionway steps, with a two-burner propane stove and oven to port and a deep sink and icebox. In the saloon, a long settee and bookshelf face a U-shaped dinette. Both convert to large sleeping berths. Forward of the main bulkhead is a hanging locker; opposite is a small, well-appointed head, a door to separate the V-berth from the rest of the interior. The split V-berth sits high, above the water tank, the 10-gallon plastic holding tank, and stowage.
The balsa-cored deck is solid wherever hardware is attached. The chainplates are bonded to the inside of the hull. The deck is bolted to the solid fiberglass hull, and the joint is fiberglassed. The resulting watertight seal rarely causes concern. Ericsons of this era generally don't exhibit any osmosis.
Access to the Universal Diesel 16HP engine and its 25-gallon fuel tank is through a door behind the steps or from the cockpit via the cavernous locker.
In the Ericson 30 Plus, I found what I wanted: a boat I could afford that was large enough to live on and small enough for a new sailor to learn on.
For more information on this vessel or to make an offer, please contact Jamie Babcock at [removed phone].
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