Re: William Atkin's Eric Junior?
Thanks for the love, Peter!
Yes, I have sailed an Eric Jr., but no, it was not to Hawaii, just locally in the San Juans. The boat itself had come from Hawaii before Andy bought her.
Well behaved, very pleasant and easy motion, even across tide-rips and eddylines.
Not fast--certainly not a "hot" ride-- but not a slowpoke. A cruising boat performance envelope.
It's a full, long keel boat, so she would settle into a groove nicely, and she wasn't twitchy at all, but you did have to steer her all the way through a tack like any full keel boat. She always seemed to have plenty of momentum to carry her way.
A small and cramped. . .errrrr. . .I mean compact and cozy cabin arrangement. Not a whole lot of interior for her size.
I would compare her as being in many ways similar to my own Stonehorse Sloop which is about the same overall size and beam and draft, more or less.
Cockpit size and comfort much bigger in the SH. The EJ had a small bluewater footwell sort of cockpit only.
Usable inside space much roomier in the SH. The flush deck all the way out to the edges is way more ergonomic than the trunk cabin in this size of boat.
Double headsail sloop vs. sloop. More strings to pull, more sails to tweak, and yet simpler and easier reefing strategies.
I think the Eric Jr. is more seaworthy for actual open-water cruising, but I prefer my StoneHorse for myself for my own coastal cruising grounds in the Salish Sea. However, I certainly think the Eric Jr. is also a lovely boat. I don't think I would ever go back to the fin-keeled racer/cruiser type I used to own, I prefer the qualities of these old-style full keel types so much more.
Amphibious Macroplankton Oughtredia doublendus
Mostly found frequenting the littoral and estuarine zones in the southern half of the Salish Sea, though sightings have been recorded both north and south of this area, and occasionally, but rarely, inland, in freshwater environments. This species lives on micro-brewed beer and dutch-oven biscuits,and displays brightly colored nylon and gore-tex plumage during the rainy season. Approach with caution!