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Bristol 32
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6 5246 Tue October 23, 2012
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100% of reviewers $21,500.00 7.7












Description: Bristol 32
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Author
snelson
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Registered: July 2000
Review Date: Fri October 18, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Yawl rigged. Yanmar diesel. We sailed boat from San Francisco to Baja Mexico in '83. New owners have taken boat from Calif. to Hawaii and back several times. Some delamination of fiberglass decks, forestay needed replacing, and in 1984 bottom showed signs of blistering. If boat is well taken care of it should be seaworthy.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Thu January 23, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I love the looks of this Ted Hood design. So far I love the
rest of the boat too. I'm in the process of restoring mine.
I replaced some of the stays, the cutless bearing and aligned the motor, some of the thru hulls. And this winter I bought her some new clothes (sails).
I have recently started work on a web site for those who own or are interested in Bristol 32's. Bristol web site

http://members.aol.com/bristol32/bristol.html

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Review Date: Sun May 23, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We have owned the boat for 13 years and have found it to be a very comfortable cruising boat, having cruised extensively in the midcoast Maine region. It can be easily sailed by 2 people and sleeps 4 very comfortably. We have recently added a roller furling jib and it is a wonderful addition, especially when sailing short handed. The original tiller was replaced by a previous owner with a wheel.
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Bristol324DD

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Registered: January 2007
Posts: 11
Review Date: Tue February 20, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: seakindly, great looks, inexpensive, heavy-built, engine easy to access
Cons: narrow beam, lack of storage, need to replace lots of gear

The B32 has lovely long overhangs, relatively deep draft compared to beam, so she heels over to wet the rail and sails and sails and sails! Anyone who would consider her "tender" doesn't understand how solid she is underfoot. This boat wants to sail rail down, but unlike the motion in today's shallower, beamier tubs, she doesn't wallow at all! Easily sailed by 1 or 2 (I singlehand a lot). Yes the bunks are smallish and for cruising a limit of 2 with maybe a child seems right! Everything on the B32 of this vintage seems oversized and rugged.
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jb1528

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Registered: November 2010
Location: Mukilteo WA
Posts: 54
Review Date: Fri October 14, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $21,500.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: wide decks for going forward, easy motion, lots of storage, generous v berth. Great for a couple
Cons: narrow stern makes lazarette storage difficult, access aft of engine is difficult. doorway to v berth is tight.

After my first season with my '75 B32 I have to say I am happy with the boat. For a family it might be tight, narrow beam and all, but certainly as wide as the Catalina 27 we had before. I love the lines, and I am just really learning how she sails, but so far great. I have not had to beat into a heavy chop yet. She is slow to accelerate so I have to learn to be patient when I adjust sails to wait for the affect. Solid and tough and seaworthy. A head turner.
spent two weeks aboard in the San Juan islands summer of '12. Had a great downwind sail east of Orcas Island and she handled great. I must say I'm really enjoying this boat.
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rkgleason
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Registered: March 2003
Location: Boston MA
Posts: 3
Review Date: Tue October 23, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Excellent Cruiser, loves to sail
Cons: Tack at 45 degrees true, not too bad for an older boat

We have had this boat since 1991, she is now 31 years old. With good care, they will a lifetime of cruising and sailing.
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