Nice small cruiser by Bruce King

Kings Cruiser Sailboat

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

24' 8" 25' 5" 20' 10" 2' 0"/5' 0" 35' 0"

outboard or inboard 6 to 10 hp 46%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

Bruce King Ericson Yachts 1972-1978 265 sq. ft. portable or 9 gal. 9 gal.

Approx. trailering wgt.: 7,700 lbs.

When she came out in 1972, this vessel was seen as remarkably roomy for a 25-footer, as indeed she was. A slightly larger, slightly lighter fin-keel version with more sail area but a similar interior arrangement, the Ericson 25+ or Mk II (page 342), was introduced in 1978, the year the Mk I was discontinued. The Ericson 25 Mk I, like her successor, is well-finished and nicely laid out for comfortable alongshore cruising. She is also designed to race, with testing done in the Davidson Laboratory at Stevens Institute and a hull rated as a quarter-tonner. Best features: She cleverly combines a high aspect ratio centerboard with a trunk almost totally beneath the cabin sole, eliminating the nuisance of a protruding trunk splitting the cabin in two. Her sales brochure touts her easy trailerability, and shows a photo of the boat on a four-wheel trailer, her 7,700 pounds of load towed by a Cadillac sedan—something that today no ordinary car, including a Cadillac, could come close to doing. Worst features: We could not come up with any significant negative features.

Comps

Yankee 26 Contessa 26 Ericson 25 Mk I South Coast Marine 25 Cheoy Lee Flyer 25

LOD

Beam

MinDr

24' 6"

8' 8"

4' 6"

25' 5.5"

7' 6"

4' 0"

24' 8"

8' 0"

2' 0"

25' 0"

8' 0"

2' 6"

25' 0"

7' 2"

3' 11"

Displ Bllst SA/D D/L

5,335 2,150 15.4 270

5,400 2,300 15.8 260

5,400 2,500 13.8 267

5,700 1,750 15.3 275

6,000 2,240 14.7 335

Displ Bllst SA/D D/L

5,335 2,150 15.4 270

5,400 2,300 15.8 260

5,400 2,500 13.8 267

5,700 1,750 15.3 275

6,000 2,240 14.7 335

Avg.

Max.

Motio

PHRF

Speed

Index

234

6.1

20.7

246

6.1

24.8

234

6.1

23.4

NA

6.1

22.7

297

5.9

30.6

Space

No. of

Head

Index

Berths

room

534

4

6' 0"

202

4

5' 0"

457

4

5' 6"

411

2 to 4

5' 0"

386

4

5' 4"

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