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 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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