Ericson 28+, 1981, Cabrillo Marina, Los Angeles, California, $16,900, sold 5/21/07

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1981 Ericson 28+

  • If you're looking for an affordable, well-equipped cruising boat that can keep up with the big boys, this may be the boat for you. The Ericson 28+, designed by Bruce King, is a fast, stiff and comfortable cruiser with all the interior room of a 35 footer, in under 29 feet. This means you can cruise in comfort, race on the weekends, yet save thousands every year in slip fees.

    This two-owner boat has been well maintained, is super clean, and has a recently rebuilt Universal 11 HP diesel. She has many upgrades including all new electronics. With a range and oven, hot and cold pressurized water, huge comfortable berths and all the interior room of that 35 footer you've been eyeballing, your friends can join you for a daysail or a weekend away in comfort and style. She sleeps five adults comfortably, plus one kid in a on the port settee.

    With a very tall rig (and large sails) for a boat of this size, she'll take off when other boats are slatting in the swells. Wide side decks and genoa tracks set well inboard means you can get to the foredeck easily and safely, and sail closer to the wind than many other boats in this size range. This is truly a sailor's boat.

    Scheherazade is berthed in an awesome (assumable!) slip at Cabrillo Marina, protected from the afternoon winds, only steps from the parking lot, restrooms, the LA Yacht Club and the Doubletree Hotel for breakfast on those sunny weekend mornings.

  • Boat Designer: Bruce King
  • Displacement: 7600#
  • Ballast: 3,000#
  • Length: 28'6"
  • Beam: 10'6"
  • Draft: 5'6"

    Cabin Accommodations

  • High quality mahogany and teak cabin appointments, with satin and gloss varnish
  • 6 feet of headroom
  • "Berber" type upholstery fabrics, with high quality foam, very good condition
  • Teak and holly sole
  • Zippered naugahyde headliner for good looks and easy access

    Forward cabin

  • Separated from saloon by a curtain
  • Large double berth (7 feet), step and 2 berth lights
  • Lockers and storage (lots) beneath v-berth
  • Gear nets and oar/paddle storage above berth
  • Large forward hatch for excellent ventilation

    Aft cabin

  • Large, comfortable real double berth 7 feet in length
  • Side storage and berth light


  • Huge saloon (over 10 feet wide!) for this size boat
  • Large dining table folds to bulkhead when not in use
  • Dual Nicro solar vents provide excellent ventilation
  • Seating for 5 or 6 hungry sailors
  • 7' settee, starboard side, storage below
  • 5' settee, port side, storage below
  • Book, wine and music storage above settees
  • Teak trim
  • Trintec ship's clock and barometer (2006)
  • 4 lights for proper illumination
  • Teak handholds throughout saloon for safety
  • Forced air propane heating system is not operational


  • L-shaped galley to port
  • Hot and cold pressurized running water (optional)
  • Backup foot pump for sink
  • 2 tanks, with 52 gallons water storage!
  • New water heater (2007)
  • 2 burner range and oven
  • Stainless steel sink
  • Large, insulated icebox, top loading
  • Hidden plate and cutlery storage
  • Hidden trash can w/sliding door
  • Varnished teak binocular rack
  • Melamine counter surfaces, with teak fiddles
  • Spice and storage racks
  • 12v and battery operated lighting
  • Vanity mirror

    Head / Bath

  • Large teak hanging locker port side
  • Head to starboard, solid teak door with lock
  • New (2006) Marine toilet and hoses
  • New Whale Gusher pump (2006)
  • Shower with extendable hose and curtain
  • Hot/cold running water
  • Holding tank
  • S.S Sink
  • Teak trim and accessories, mirror
  • Mirror, locker over sink w/teak sliding doors
  • Opening port in head

    Electronics and Navigation

  • New (2006) NavMan Color Chartplotter/GPS
  • New (2007) C-Map NT chartplotter chip, with all marine charts from Cape Flattery, WA to Cabo San Lucas
  • New (2006) Standard Horizon Quest VHF, with DSC, coupled to GPS with position indicating emergency information
  • Simrad autopilot
  • New (2007) 5" Trintec ship’s clock and barometer
  • 100W stereo with iPod/MP# jack
  • 2 large marine-grade 2 way speakers
  • Plastimo Compass
  • Standard Horizon Depth Meter
  • Swoffer Instruments knot meter
  • Steaming light, Anchor light, Bow lights, Deck light, Stern light

    Engine Mechanical

  • Smooth running, re-built Universal 11 h.p. engine (Approx. 200 hrs. since rebuild)
  • Fresh water cooling (option)
  • Dripless shaft bearing
  • 2 blade fixed propeller
  • New engine controls (2006)
  • 15 gallon S.S. fuel tank
  • Sea water strainer
  • Large optional fuel filter/water separator
  • Engine hour meter
  • Easy access to all important service items, front, back and sides. This is significant compared to many models in this size range


  • 12V and 110 V electrical circuits
  • Shore power 110 V incl. safety switch
  • 2 deep cycle batteries each 85 Ah for engine and house bank (new 2006)
  • Electric control panel 12v
  • 4 110v outlets
  • 2 12v outlets
  • 60 amp alternator
  • Electric panel 110v
  • Separate switch for hot water heater
  • Shore power receptacle and 30 amp Marinco cord


  • White hull with burgundy cove and boot stripes
  • Solid fiberglass hull
  • Tri Axial Grid construction for stiffness
  • Bulkheads firmly tabbed to hull for stiffness
  • Balsa cored deck

    Deck/ Deck Equipment

  • White deck, tan non-skid in excellent condition
  • Self-draining anchor-locker with lockable hatch
  • Dodger frame, w/Bimini over companionway
  • Self-draining cockpit with large storage locker
  • Cockpit propane locker / ice locker w/drain
  • 2 opening hatches (fwd. cabin, saloon/companionway)
  • 2 S.S. Nicro Solar vents
  • Brand new (2006) mahogany/ash tiller, w/8 coats varnish
  • All new vinyl-covered double lifelines (2007)
  • Canvas in excellent condition: boom, teak grab handles, winch covers, companionway board canvas covers
  • Teak cockpit drain grate
  • 6 glass windows with aluminum frames (1 opening)
  • 6 mooring cleats, fore, aft and amidships
  • Spinnaker track aft
  • Cup holders in cockpit
  • Stainless steel swim ladder
  • Solid autopilot mounting hardware
  • S.S. bow pulpit, stern pushpit
  • S.S. rear anchor roller, S.S. anchor holder
  • Sliding hatch
  • Solid teak drop boards
  • Stainless steel swim ladder

    Rig, Sails

  • 9/10 fractional rig
  • Battened main, 2 reef points, good condition
  • 110% genoa, w/protective Sunbrella cover, excellent condition
  • Forespar Whisker Pole
  • 2 large Barient genoa winches #21
  • 1 Barient halyard winch on mast #11
  • 3 winch handles
  • 2 winch handle pockets
  • Schaeffer genoa cars on inboard curved track for close sheeting angles
  • 2 spare jib/genoas, good to very good condition
  • Profurl roller furling gear, new line
  • Aluminum mast, boom and spreaders
  • Stainless steel standing rigging in good shape
  • New England Ropes Main and jib sheets, furling line (2006)
  • Boom topping lift

    Safety gear

  • Lifesling M.O.B. device with case and strobe
  • Jim-Buoy horseshoe ring
  • New double lifelines (2007)
  • 4 life jackets and storage case
  • 2 fire extinguishers
  • Flares, and Orion flare case
  • Automatic bilge pump
  • Whale Gusher manual bilge pump
  • 14# Danforth anchor, w/150 ft. of line and chain
  • Stern anchor and anchor holder

    Misc. Equipment

  • All original owners manuals for boat, engine and accessories
  • Black double braid dock lines
  • New (2006) 8" Polyform "Big Bertha" fenders

    Hi David -
    My boat is sold, so please make that change on the ad.
    While I did end up selling it to someone I knew, I received over 10 inquiries in the first week from the Sailing Texas website, from potential buyers in Texas, Arizona, California, and even Mexico! You're obviously doing something right.
    Take care and thanks very much for your help.
    Los Angeles, California

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