With her comparatively light displacement, our 1977 Ericson 35 Mark II, Mino'aka, hull number 480, fairly danced through the water. Her helm was neutral until wind speeds reached about 18 knots. Above that, she'd show some weather helm, which could be eliminated by easing the traveler or reducing sail. Once in her easy and forgiving "groove," she tracked with hardly a hand on the wheel, even in seas of 4 or 5 feet. Average sailing speeds in light Southern California conditions ranged from 4 to 6 knots.