The charm and appeal of the Ericson 380 emanates from a quiet commitment to form and function and, subtly, to bucking the trends of an industry driven more and more by splashy, one-dimensional boats.
The 380 does not attempt to be all things to all people. The 380’s sweet sheerline, shapely overhangs and low-slung cabintrunk has a friendlier look over the more aggressive appearance of many of today’s vertically ended free-board designs. This is not to suggest that the 380 is not a forward-looking design. The 380’s underbody, with rounded sections, fin keel and balanced spade rudder, is modern enough.
The interior is bright with teak trim and veneered bulkheads accenting fiberglass and Formica surfaces. The headliner is vinyl with convenient access zippers. The accommodation plan features a double berth forward with two hanging lockers and drawers below the bunk. The saloon settees face a large, drop-leaf table that wraps around the mast. The aft-facing nav station is to starboard and uses the settee for a seat.
The Ericson 380 doesn’t claim to be a world cruiser, although there is no doubt that she is capable of cruising the world. The 380 doesn’t claim to be a high-performance racing machine, but performance is excellent and a well-sailed 380 will be hard to beat. What the 380 does claim to be is a sweet-sailing, well-proportioned, well-constructed boat, at home in most sailing environments. And this is no idle claim.
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