This website primarily concerns my refitting and sailing of Oystercatcher, a classic vessel of fiberglass, teak, and mahogany, now some forty years of age. When I purchased her in the fall of 2009 in the Pamlico Sound area of North Carolina, she had spent her entire life in the water and had seen very little maintenance over the years. Since that time, with much patience and perseverance, I have gradually transformed her, outfitting her for the purpose of cruising to far-off destinations for extended periods of time. Throughout this complete refitting, quality has been at the forefront of my short-range and long-term planning. Accordingly, almost every modification I have made has served two concurrent purposes – one practical, the other aesthetic. In other words, like the Ericson 25 itself, almost every project and modification that I have undertaken on Oystercatcher has aimed to join both functionality and beauty into a harmonious whole.

The Ericson 25

While this website does indeed focus on Oystercatcher, it does not neglect to include some articles on the Ericson 25 itself. Designed by noted naval architect, Bruce King, the Ericson 25 was manufactured by Ericson Yachts in Southern California from 1973-1978. With a displacement of 5,400 pounds, and with 2,500 pounds of lead to keep her steady, the Ericson 25 was one of the most rugged trailerable sailboats of her day. She was marketed as a trailerable cruiser, and she continues to display these qualities, inasmuch as she is both trailerable and capable of cruising (especially with modifications) to destinations far and wide. Ericson Yachts produced well over three-hundred Ericson 25s, most fitted with lead-filled centerboards. Some fixed-keel versions of the boat, however, were manufactured. Note that this site does not address the Ericson 25 Plus (which was a completely different boat manufactured by Ericson after 1978).


Unlike many blog-oriented websites, I have not organized this one chronologically, but alphabetically. In the Index I have documented each and every project in alphabetical order. Why this approach to things? Like the sea itself, the refitting of sailboat is variable and often unpredictable. Frequently, I have temporarily abandoned one project, simply because I have discovered some other project or series of projects that I needed to address first. Frequently, I have worked on multiple projects at the same time, simply because they might share some common attribute – such as, they are all made of wood and they are all in need of epoxy-coating or varnishing. Clearly, my alphabetical approach to things hides the messiness of this seemingly chaotic refitting process. Nevertheless, I am certain that I myself (and others) benefit from the clarity that the alphabetical approach brings.


Oystercatcher, Ericson 25, #226
Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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  1. Thank you for the informative and entertaining posts on your E 25 CB. I looked at several of the boats your reviewed and you answered some of the questions I did not completely understand.

    I do not have the skills to take on a project boat as you did and have started looking for a E 25 CB in pretty good shape needing only maintenance and replacement parts mainly. I have only found two boats for sale so far. One in WA state and one in WY, both are across the country from me in TX. I found these by looking in Craigslist, Boat Trader, Sailing Texas and cruising the Sailing Forums like Ericson. Can you give me any advice on other resources to find a boat? Thanks for your help and the hours and hours it must have taken you to ad to the knowledge base on E 25 CB's.

  2. Thanks for your compliments. I think you've covered all the right bases. I would go one step further and create a login and password on the Ericson Yacht Owners website. There you can post a Wanted ad. There are E25 owners who regularly pay attention to this forum, and there are some who are always one the fence about keeping or selling their boats, not because they don't like them, but because there are other things going on in life.

  3. Thank you so much for your blog! May I ask how much you originally paid for your E25 and approx how much you have spent to date in the restoration?

    1. If you look around Craigslist you can get a pretty good idea of what the going rate is for your standard E25 with no frills and no efforts at refitting. My purchase price was in this standard range. I've definitely put more into than what I paid for it, but I always hunt for the best deal whenever I make a purchase, and I always space out my purchases over time, so I don't consider my expenses burdensome or wasteful. As I've said many times, by having my boat on a trailer, rather than at a dock, I've saved countless dollars. That, to me, is the greatest bargain.

  4. Are the previously posted images of other owners 25CB boats and projects available somewhere else Rosco?

  5. Roscoe have you done any repairs on the wood handles on the top of the cabin? On my Ericson 25, the rail has 6 plugs where 6 screws connect the rail to to the top of the cabin, yet on the inside there are only 2 visible screw bolts which are at each end, which makes me wonder if the remaining 4 are screws without bolts on the inside. Any insight on this? Thanks and again great blog!

  6. Thanks for the compliment, Leif. I removed my original teak hand rails and replaced them with new ones that I constructed from rough-sawn mahogany. I cleaned up the teak originals, revarnished them, and then installed them on the inside of the cabin. This required me to purchase new stainless steel screws from McMaster-Carr. I installed wooden plugs on both ends of each screw and then varnished over them. Perhaps your inner four screws are simply wood screws that are screwed into the fiberglass cabin top. All of my original screws ran all the way through the cabin top. The nuts, of course, were on the interior of the cabin.

  7. I'm intrigued by the story of your selection and re-fit. However, the links only give me a non-linear view of the narrative -- I have to click on the topic links, and don't follow from one step to another on any of the systems. The Index link does nothing. Is there a way I can read a version of this narrative more like a book? What am I doing wrong, which is preventing me from doing this?