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Bristol 22
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Description: Bristol 22
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed September 11, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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1) Sloop rig, fin keel, spade rudder, dinette model.
2) Roller furler, all lines leadto cockpit
3) Strong, sturdy, heavy boat. Handles great in heavy winds.
4) A real cow when the winds are light.
5) I love this boat. It's the best all around small boat I've sailed. It has the look and feel of a 25 footer. "It's a big little boat".
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Tue December 15, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Halsey Herreshoff design, Displacement 2850lbs., Ballast 1150lbs, Fin keel, Spade rudder, High aspect rig. Dinette model. All lines brought aft. A very solid boat, I have not seen any other 22 with the cabin comfort and "big boat layout" (enclosed head, small galley, hanging locker for clothes, dinette converts to double berth or recreation area) as the Bristol. The cockpit is as large as some 27s. Weakness is lack of head room in the cabin. All in all I am very satisified with my boat.


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inmotion
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Registered: November 2002
Posts: 2
Review Date: Wed November 13, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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love our bristol. fun great lakes cruser. needs a roller furler, cabin is not made to stand upright in. everything must be done sitting. Cockpit is nice sized. boat has good storage.
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jmccarthy
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Registered: December 2002
Review Date: Tue December 24, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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1973 dinette model with fin keel
jib roller furling and dodger are nice additions
have owned this boat 18 yrs. still like it just as much
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janreitsma
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Registered: June 2002
Review Date: Fri May 28, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Have owned this boat for two years and enjoy sailing her on Narragansett Bay. Easy to sail solo, even in a stiff breeze. Although head room is limited, cabin is nice and relatively roomy. Teak ply needs good maintenance; mine has begun to peel and fray. Am currently repainting both hull and topside. Use a 9.9 Evinrude OB, which will need replacing within the next few years. Am interested in info on options, such as lower HP and/or 4 vs 2-stroke. Also interested in info on sails, including maintenance and refurbishing. spacy includingHandles very nicely
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eleanor
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Registered: July 2005
Posts: 4
Review Date: Mon July 18, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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1973 bristol 22 caravel, “Eleanor,” hull 183. i have owned this boat with 2 others for about 1 year. i sail it around seattle, Puget sound, and the san juans. as others have noted:
- it is a very easy, stable boat to handle, even singlehanded, even over 20 knots. try as i might, regardless of how over-canvassed i am, i have never gotten water over the cockpit coamings
– the interior is huge for 22 feet, and with a v-berth, fold down dinette, and quarterberth, can actually sleep 5!
-the interior is very well designed as long as you are sitting– but there is definitely not enough headroom to stand up.
- the chart-sized table, and the hanging locker are great, and rare in a boat this size. also lots of other storage.
- we have an old Nissan 2-stroke 8.8hp, it is fine for this boat. the only time i’ve been stuck was trying to motor down a channel in 20knots with oncoming 3 foot swell: the boat just stops when going head into a large swell.
- we’ve 12v navigation lights, mounted VHF, and cabin lights from a car battery we periodically recharge at the dock.
- we don’t have no stinking jib autofurling, but that sure sounds nice. other things on the wish list: a little solar to keep the batteries going, a dinghy big enough to use but small enough to fit on the boat, maybe a tiny diesel heater for the cold winters, and even some kind of self-steering for those long singlehanding days.
- i only have 1 set of reef points in the main, it’s not enough when the wind is up. next time i will get 3.
- it is a bit run down, needs new port windows, there’s many spidermark cracks in the fiberglass, etc., but basically i believe it is really sound, well-built, well-designed boat with many years left
- there is a Bristol 22 owned by a guy in port townsend, Washington, who has singlehanded it to Australia and back!!
- there’s a few of these boats around at sailing camps and universities, they seem like a popular good boat for that
- overall: a really super, great value for daysailing, island-hopping, short adventures with a young family, or even fairly aggressive singlehanding as a cruiser. i’ve been really happy with this boat and would recommend it without hesitation.
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