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Last Review Posted by Rhwins - posted: Fri April 4, 2014 8:28pm [ Post a Review

Views: 1613

Nicely proportioned; wide side decks and large foredeck. Rod rigging, large sailplane and light displacement makes this fast in all wind conditions.

Rating: 9
Product Details: "33" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ********* 9.00

Last Review Posted by Jonl355 - posted: Sat March 22, 2014 4:55am [ Post a Review

Views: 10772

I hope some O33 owners are still reviewing this page. This seems to be the closest thing to an Owners-website out there. I am looking to buy an Offshore 33 and would like to know if any of you have one for sale. I am in NC. Please email me back if so; I'd like to take a look at it. Thanks

Rating: 9
Product Details: "33" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ******** 7.80

Last Review Posted by Barquito - posted: Tue March 18, 2014 4:44pm [ Post a Review

Views: 5464

The Bristol 27 is a small cruiser that is fun to sail. As described, the B27 will heel a moderate amount before digging in. This initial heeling is due to the narrow hull and slack turn at the bilge. This feature also gives the boat an easy ride in rough conditions. The construction is robust. Everything is accessible (well, not the motor). For example, the chain plates are mounted to very strong fiberglass knees that are within the cabin lockers. There are three versions of the B27: The Weekender has a larger cockpit, with a corresponding smaller cabin. The Dinette version has a wrap around dinette to port with the galley opposite. The Cruising configuration has the traditional opposing settees port and starboard, and the galley to port under the companionway. Some B27 came with outboard motors mounted in the lazerette, and others, the reliable Atomic 4 gas engine. The Bristol 27 has very similar design characteristics as the Pearson Triton (another Carl Alberg design) , which suggests a cruising capability.
Product Details: "27" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating:

Last Review Posted by Regors - posted: Wed March 5, 2014 3:32pm [ Post a Review

Views: 3208

The PDQ are now called an Antares 44i which is a 44' Cruising Catamaran, rather expensive but from their web page there is a link for used 44i & PDQ. And the best part is if you buy a used one you still will get a free invitation to their Antares 3Day University where you learn all about the Catamaran & Sailing her. You can even tour the Factory.:):) Good Luck in your Hunt.

Rating: 10
Product Details: "32" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ********** 10.00

Last Review Posted by WaterGeus - posted: Mon March 3, 2014 10:57am [ Post a Review

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The price mentioned included a single axis trailer and 6 HP outboard in working condition. She is easy to sail with one or two persons, although single-handed tacking is a bit of a challenge with the standard jib-sheet setup. Some extra weight (2 extra persons) on the rail pays off for racing upwind in winds over 10 kts. Lifting daggerboard and kick-up rudder means it sits relatively low on a trailer and doesn't need much water to float (18"), so it can go sail when the fixed-keel boats are stuck. The ballast is lead, reported as 850 Lb, cast onto the hull around the daggerboard trunk. Overall weight is reported as 2200 Lb. The boat has a lot of interior space for its length because of its nearly flush deck and not-so-low freeboard. The underwater shape does not lend itself to planing, but riding waves in decent wind will get you above hull speed without problems. We have seen 7.5 knots max so far sailing deep with main and genoa. Since she does not have a wide, flat stern section, she behaves pretty nicely going upwind in waves. The stock version has a good vang but no traveller. That makes it more convenient to move forward and aft in the cockpit (no shin-buster), but many owners have upgraded to a traveller. She is a bit tender initially, but her fairly wide beam and high freeboard means she stiffens up a lot with heel. The attached rudder assembly is not light, but also not as flimsy as some other designs for boats in this length range. It is very light on the helm with the rudder blade swung fully forward. The load goes up and the draft goes down to less than a foot as the blade is swung backwards. The mast is an un-tapered Kenyon Spars 2740 MORC Section, fractional rig with single swept-back spreaders and an adjustable back-stay. The standard main sail area is not very large at ~ 114 sqft, and can be tweaked with halyard tension, outhaul, backstay tension plus reefs/cunningham depending on the main sail configuration. It pays to have at least a 150 or 155% genoa for light air (below 10 knots) and a ~ 100% working jib above 10 kts. The standard jib seems to be a 110% working jib, which is a good choice if you are only going to have one jib. The jib track is long enough for anything from a 80% high-wind jib sheeted inside the stays to a 170% light-air drifter sheeted outside. The standard spinaker option seems to be a fractional symmetric one with an internal halyard exiting just above the fore stay and an 8' pole attached to the mast. Mine had a mast-head external halyard installed presumably by a former owner, that I converted to an internal mast-head halyard for the 300 sqft tri-radial spinaker. A six-horse outboard is plenty. A 20 year old two-stoke got me going into a 3-4 foot chop against 15 kts of wind without problems. For maneuvering in-port a 2 or 2.5 HP would suffice. A single sculling oar will get you at least 1.5 knots in flat water. The hull is solid fiberglass and the deck balsa cored. Parts of the hull have molded fiberglass with smooth gel-coat to create the very long quarter-berths, narrow shelves just under the windows and a port-a-potty recess before the mast. The volume below these part is filled with foam. That will prevent or at least delay the boat from sinking if something catastrophic were to happen, but also takes away some volume that could have been storage. Still, there is plenty of space for over-nighting with two people and a decent amount of gear. The smooth surfaces inside though are nice, much nicer than painted fiberglass or plywood. There are few creature comforts inside (apart from the super-long quarterberths, port-a-potty and simply the volume), but there is also space to add a sink or stove or additional storage space if you want. The hull and deck have overlapping outside lips that extend ~ 2" downwards, which makes for a stiff joint, that also serves as a rub-rail or sorts and toe-rail. The daggerboard weighs about 100 Lb and seems to have a small amount of lead-shot inside (my weight measurement of a board after a lot of repairs), most of the ballast is lead in the bottom of the hull. There is a permanent tackle to lower and raise the board, attached to the mast support. The daggerboard trunk extends about a foot above the waterline. Heel alone will not allow water to seep in, but sloshing and pounding at larger heel angles will let in a little water. The standard "lid" in combination with a towel can keep that inconvenience in check. The daggerboard is swept 30 degrees back. The profile of the daggerboard (at least of mine) is quite complicated. The cord is constant, but the maximum thickness isn't, and the profile is not a standard 4-digit NACA profile as it is hollow in the aft section. It may be close to NACA 64-0008 near the hull, tapering down to ~6% or so 3/4 down to widen to ~6.5% of cord in the foot. Low drag if you can keep her in the groove, more drag than a no-hollows NACA 0008 at higher angles of attack. For a relatively light boat like this, a fatter no-hollows profile may have been better for performance (and ease of doing repairs), unless you sail in flat water. I could babble on for another hour. If you want to know more, ask me. All in all, this is a fun, responsive boat for a bit of racing, cruising or gunk-holing. It is trailer-able. Dry-sailing is only worth the effort in my opinion if you can leave the mast up when out of the water, or sail multiple days. The design is a bit dated, although you'll should still be able to handily outsail a Catalina 22. There are a few boats produced these days with similar length, lower weight and better performance (anybody want to trade me for a U-20 Wink ). These also cost a LOT more.

Rating: 7
Product Details: "2100" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ******** 7.50

Last Review Posted by Ilenart - posted: Wed February 19, 2014 2:35am [ Post a Review

Views: 3113

The "Administrator" should stick to playing with websites as he obviously knows nothing about UFO 34's. Could go on however I think the three references below sums it up ( for instance : "Although some IOR racers handled badly due to attempts to distort hull shapes to "cheat the rule" and obtain a favourable rating, the best of them (She 36's, UFO34's and a few others) were really good all-round fast cruiser/racers, with enough weight and ballast to continue to sail in heavy weather without (as in most modern racers) lots of crew sitting on the rail." something similar from their review of the UFO 34 ( : "Whilst many IOR yachts of the period had a reputation for poor handling, the UFO34 was both fast and virtually vice-free, and the class became successful both as racers and as fast cruisers, many boats being used exclusively as cruising yachts." and finally from Adlard Cole's Heavy Weather Sailing (5th ed) which chronicles a UFO 34 in +60kt (force 11-12) winds : "The popular Holman & Pye-designed UFO34 was a non-extreme yacht by the standards of her day, of moderate to heavy displacement. Apart from being a little weighty on the helm through having a rating-influenced pinched stern, they have few vices".

Rating: 8
Product Details: "34" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ******** 8.00

Last Review Posted by danr620 - posted: Thu February 6, 2014 8:55am [ Post a Review

Views: 3121

Think ours is a 1975 model. Good support on line for common problems. Mostly because we are sailing 30 year old boats. Company went out late seventies. 21 is a good day sailer with sleeping capacity. Easy to rig and tow. Have rigged up, sailed, tore down same day many times. As always, nicer if you don't have to. Biggest problem is swing keel. Cables wear out and can cause damage if it falls. Just have to inspect yearly. Many boats have similar design. The good is you can float in 6" of water to land in different spots. Modern boats would probably have electric winch. With this old a boat some woodwork and repairs will probably always be needed.

Rating: 7
Product Details: "21" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ******* 7.00

Last Review Posted by evenstephen - posted: Sun February 2, 2014 3:42pm [ Post a Review

Views: 9956

I love this boat because it was built to last. You will not find a more stable and sturdy boat. She is not fast, but built to be safe. I sail on SF Bay where, in the summer, winds are 20 -30 knots routinely. She almost prefers a howling gale! Wonderful handling! In light winds she can be slow to turn across the wind. I generally fall off slightly to pick up some speed to get around. I have the NAB version which was finished by Reg Freeman Yachts in England. That means I have a hard top in addition to the HR windshield and the cabin has a slightly differently layout. It also has sliding pocket doors of teak for both the forward and stern cabins which is a pretty cool idea. If you're looking for a relatively inexpensive boat that can safely take you anywhere, look no further.

Rating: 8
Product Details: "35" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ********* 9.33

Last Review Posted by Ilenart - posted: Sat February 1, 2014 8:03pm [ Post a Review

Views: 3286

Owned a Roberts 45 Classic (full keel version) for five years. Did mainly coastal cruising including a three week offshore trip (Abrolhos Islands) Good points - solid steady boat, family felt safe in a blow - was plenty of room for a family of five - nice looking boat - cheap boat to buy Bad points - ordinary design, better designs available - upwind performance weak. In +20kts could not make headway unless you motor sailed -resale value will be poor irrespective of boat condition / equipment levels - build quality variable, especially for one's home built - with bowsprit and davits the overall length was 53ft 5". Need 15 / 18m pen.

Rating: 4
Product Details: "45 ketch" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: **** 4.00

Last Review Posted by bblask - posted: Wed January 29, 2014 6:39am [ Post a Review

Views: 6561

I was given this 1976 boat by its original owner, who due to illness could not continue sailing. Though reasonably maintained, over the years the light construction of the boat has shown itself: failing fiberglass attachment to underlying plywood, cracking sprayed gelcoat on interior walls and seating structures, rubbed-off hull gelcoat, thin layups on hull and pop-top, and failed support plywood for the swing keel winch. I am considering preparing this boat for portions of the Great Loop. However, I am concerned about the general structural condition, and the lack of space for both water and fuel, and the overall reliability of the pop-top mechanism.

Rating: 5
Product Details: "MK26" by Administrator - posted: Mon May 12, 1997 - Rating: ***** 5.00

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