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Seller's Description


Gitana is an Ericson 26 mark II from 1985. Remarkably in a boat of this length there is standing headroom, an enclosed head and sleeping accommodations for up to six: Two settee berths, one of which can be made into a double, a v-berth and a quarter berth. I can’t imagine a circumstance where this would be desirable but it makes for a lot of accessible storage. This is an ideal entry level boat for Southern California. The majority of your sailing is going to be venturing out into Santa Monica bay for a few hours enjoying the peace and quietude of of the ocean and returning to your slip. It’s a perfectly comfortable boat to sail to Catalina and to relax on once you’re there. A boat this size has the advantage of short preparation time to get out and equally brief time to put it away once you get back to your slip.

A Note about Costs of Boat Ownership

Everyone understands in an abstract way that owning a boat can be expensive. While the purchase price of the boat is important to pay attention to, there are many other costs that are very important to consider. A boat like Gitana has all the amenities of a small cruising boat yet you save quite a bit on many major items: Maintenance - all boats require it, even new boats. Slip fees - will represent a very large part of your expenses. Insurance Haul outs Bottom paint Engine service

Because of Gitanas clever use of space, she qualifies for the lower end of all these expenses without sacrificing the amenities we all look for in a boat.

Equipment: Improvements

Unlike many boats in the marina, Gitana is sailed regularly.All improvements and upgrades have been done in the service of its sailing abilities and ease for the crew.

The following have been purchased or performed in the last two years:

Bottom painting 10/2022. This is recommended approximately every five years. Two new Lewmar self tailing winches for the jib sheets to replace the original - Makes a huge difference when tacking and indispensable when single handing. Triple Spinlock rope clutch. New Jabsco toilet. New mainsail - significant increase in sailing performance. New running rigging. All control lines replaced with modern rope material.

This represents over 6000 dollars in parts and services.


Gitana has a small inboard diesel engine that sips fuel. It is a reliable Yammar 1GM. Diesel is desirable over gas because it is not explosive and doesn’t rely on an electrical ignition system which isn’t really friendly with salt water. Engine has very good accessibility.

Under Sail

All lines lead to the cockpit and cabin top winches and are controlled by rope clutches. Head sail is on roller furling. There are three simple instruments visible in the cockpit; knot meter, depth meter and compass. Interior

As can be seen in the photos, the cabin has some beautiful teak cabinetry. There is very little fiberglass seen in the cabin. Almost all teak and the ceiling has a vinyl liner that unzips to easily run hidden wiring. The galley has a large insulated ice box. We removed the old alcohol stove and replaced it with a portable butane burner. which comes out only when needed and provides useful extra counter space for the kind of food prep we usually do. There is a very clever folding table that stores against the bulkhead until needed when it can become a half or full table. The cabin has a very warm feeling.

Unsolicited Note About Buying a Boat

That forty footer for 10K that “just needs a little TLC” is not a good deal. Boats in the price range of 20 K and under are most often from the 70’s or 80’s, so forty to fifty years old. Often they have original rigging and/or sails. These are expensive items to replace. Deferred maintenance also has a heavy price tag.

A Final Note About The Sale

If you’re looking for attractive, fairly priced boat that you can sail now with confidence, you should take a look at Gitana. The boat is only for sale because I have found another boat I always wanted to own. I don’t want to get into the nightmare of owning two boats and paying for two slips while waiting for the other boat to sell. I will only sell Gitana if the other boat is still available. Otherwise I will keep her.



Bruce King
Ericson Yachts
# Built


Length Overall
25 11 / 7.9 m
Waterline Length
21 10 / 6.7 m
8 11 / 2.7 m
4 0 / 1.2 m
5,250 lb / 2,381 kg
2,250 lb / 1,021 kg (Lead)

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
326′² / 30.3 m²
Total Sail Area
326′² / 30.2 m²
Sail Area
165′² / 15.4 m²
31 5 / 9.6 m
10 5 / 3.2 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
160′² / 14.9 m²
30 6 / 9.3 m
10 5 / 3.2 m
Forestay Length
32 3 / 9.8 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
15 gal / 57 l
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
18 gal / 68 l
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
7.2 kn
Classic: 6.27 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

7.2 knots
Classic formula: 6.27 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
16-20: good performance

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
>40: stiffer, more powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
200-275: moderate

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
<20: lightweight racing boat

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
>2.0: better suited for coastal cruising

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


Wing Keel = 3’ 11”
Shoal Draft = 3’ 11”
Deep = 4’ 11”
Entirely different from the earlier ERICSON 26 (1966).

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