Our Yacht: s/v Island Time, Ericson 38

Island Time’s a great boat and it’s hard to find fault in her.  No bad sailing manners that I know of, functional deck and cockpit layout, spacious accommodations below, quality build, and eye-catching lines that  always get compliments wherever we go.  She is a 1990 Ericson 38, built the year before Ericson Yachts folded and Pacific Seacraft bought the molds and took over production.  The Ericson 38 was a hugely successful boat with a long production run.

EricsonYachts.org has a wealth of information on all things Ericson Yachts related.  One of the website moderators was the mainsheet trimmer on Ted Turner’s winning yacht during the 1979 Fastnet race.  He recently sailed his Ericson 32 solo to Kauai and back.

Anyways, I could go on and on, so here are some photos and specs…

Wide side decks make moving around deck easy.  The hull to deck joint is glassed together with alternating layers, essentially making it one monolithic structure.


Our layout is more recent than this in that the galley is not angled, and the Yanmar engine is beneath the companionway steps, not under the galley sink.
The cockpit is roomy and functional.  Nice details like the curved seating in the back, and chamfered edges make the boat comfortable while heeled over.
Deep anchor locker, windlass, 60-ft of chain, 350 ft of rode, and a washdown pump make anchoring easy.
She has a tall rig with a lot of sail, perfect for lighter air.  She currently has a 130 roller genoa and full batten main.  We typically start reefing around 15-20 knots.
Engine access is excellent.  Here I am replacing all of the hoses on the Yanmar diesel engine.
She does great under genoa alone.
V-berth, large enough for two adults.
Aft head with separate shower.
Galley with Corian counters.  Head to starboard and second aft cabin to port.
Salon.  Table drops down to form a berth.
View from aft cabin forward.
Nav station (heeled over on way to Port Townsend).

Yanmar 3HM35F, three cylinder fresh water cooled diesel
1,050 hours (approx.)
Racor fuel filter
Remote temperature and oil pressure gauges in cockpit
Aluminum fuel tank, 54 gallons, level gauge on tank
Two blade bronze fixed prop (16 RH 13)
PYI dripless shaft seal
Bronze raw water strainer
Oil and transmission fluid changed regularly
All new hoses and clamps (fresh water, raw water, and water heater hoses) 2015
New engine control panel and ignition switch (2015)
Coolant flushed and replaced 2015
All new engine control cables (shift, throttle, and stop) 2015
New raw water impeller (2015)
Very clean, starts right up, does not smoke
Complete service records

Batteries / Charging:
(3) Lifeline AGM batteries. Two house totaling 205 AH, and one start at 95 AH (2009)
True charger 20+ battery charger (2009)
Balmar high output alternator with ARS5 external regulator
Xantrex Link20 battery monitor

Fresh Water:
90 gallons total. (3) HDPE tanks with individual isolation valves under galley
Seward S700 6 gallon water heater, shore power or engine heated (new 2014)
New pressurized water pump (2015)
Fresh and saltwater foot pumps at galley, with carbon filter on fresh water
New galley faucet, head sink faucet, and shower valve (2014)
Mostly new non-pressurized hose throughout (2014)

Black / Grey Water:
25 gallon HDPE holding tank (new 2014)
All new (top of the line) Shields PolyX
sanitation hose (2014)
Raritan PHII head with telescoping handle (serviced / rebuilt 2014)
New y-valve (2014)
New saltwater intake hose and 20 mesh strainer (2014)
New vent hose and stainless steel transom termination (2014)
New galley sink drain hose (2014)
New head sink drain hose (2014)

Head sail: Neil Pryde 130% roller furling Genoa with luff battens (2012, excellent condition)
Main sail: Neil Pryde full batten main (2012, excellent condition)

Running Rigging:
All lines led to cockpit
Most running rigging new (2015)
Outboard stanchion mounted
Harken furling line blocks and ratchet block added (2015)
New roller furler camcleat (2015)
New traveler camcleats (2015)
Lines in mast: Main halyard, genoa halyard, spinnaker halyard, topping lift

Standing Rigging:
Navtec hydraulic backstay adjuster
Rigging inspected in 2015 and found to be in good condition
Harken roller furler, good condition

Bilge Pumps:
Primary: PAR 12v diaphragm with hand/off/auto switch and inline strainer (main bilge)
Shower: PAR 12v diaphragm with hand/off/auto switch and inline strainer (dedicated shower bilge)
Manual Whale Gusher10 pump, operable from cockpit (new hose and thru hull 2015)
Bilge Alert high water alarm

Mast & Boom:
Sparcraft, factory painted white

(2) Lewmar 52ST two speed primary winches (cockpit)
(1) Lewmar 30ST two speed mainsheet winch (cabin top)
(2) Lewmar 30 two speed halyard winches (cabin top)
(1) Lewmar 16 two speed (cabin top)
All winches degreased, serviced, and relubed (2014)

Custom fiberglass hard dodger with white Stamoid fabric and hard vinyl windows (2012)
Sail cover, 2012
Wheel cover, 2012
Winch covers, 2012
Custom boom tent

Ground Tackle:
33 lb Bruce primary anchor
60 feet of 5/16 HT chain, plus 340 feet three strand rode
Lewmar ProFish windlass (new motor 2015)
Wash down pump
Enlarged anchor locker
New anchor shackle 2015
22S Danforth backup anchor and rode

Furono 1722 marine radar/chart plotter and GP320B
Radar has gimbaled mount on backstay
Raymarine/Autohelm ST50
TriData (depth, speed, distance)
Autohelm 4000 autopilot with remote
Standard Horizon Matrix AIS/GPS GX2200 hardwired VHF with RAM3 mic/AIS in cockpit (2015)
Standard Horizon HX851 handheld radio

10 lb aluminum propane tank in vented locker with solenoid valve
Hillerange three burner LPG stove with oven
FireboyXintex propane control system
Dickenson SeaBQue barbeque

Ardic 041D
diesel forced air heating system
West Marine 3kW electric space heater

All portlights rebedded (2014)
Bow pulpit rebedded (2015)
New Amsteel lifelines (2015)
Smart Plug shore power outlet at boat (2014)
New GFCI outlet (2014)
Adler Barbour Cold Machine refrigerator (2014)
US documented vessel
Passed USCG safety check 2015
Fixed portlights replaced with glass (2010)
Corian counter tops with large Kohler enameled sink (factory option)
New cockpit drain hose (2014)
5inch Ritchie Globemaster binnacle compass with LED light
Alpenglow LED bulkhead lights
Alpenglow CFL red/white light at nav station
Alpenglow CFL light at galley
LED salon lighting
(3) gimbaled kerosene lamps
Original factory information, brochures, manuals, records, etc. organized in three ring binders
Emergency tiller
Teak folding cockpit table and drink holder

2 thoughts on “Our Yacht: s/v Island Time, Ericson 38

  1. The Ericson 38 is a nice boat. We looked at one in Bellingham last year, before ending up going with a C&C Landfall 38. Looks like you bought her from Seacraft. I walk by there almost every week on my lunch break (partly just to “window shop”).


    1. Can’t go wrong with a Landfall. We looked at a smaller Landfall, but it was in too rough of shape for us. We actually bought Island Time from her original slip in Eagle Harbor from Swiftsure Yachts. The photo above on Lake Union was from a weekend trip we made through the locks during a heat wave. The nice folks at Seacraft were having an event, and they let us tie up for the night. They used to be an Ericson dealer, so it was good getting some insights from them on our boat..


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