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Bristol 35.5
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Description: Bristol 35.5
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Thu December 5, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Hull #171 - Fairly traditional looking, well-built boat sometimes mistaken for a Hinckley. Lines drawn by Ted Hood Group (Dieter Empacher?).
She is a fixed fin keel 5'9" - most 35.5s are centerboarders.
Solid glass, thick layup. Rudder is skeg-mounted, prop in aperture.
She sails well in all conditions I have experienced (to 40 knots). As a displacement boat, she does require some air to get moving.
Teak toe rail, rub rail, eye brow, grab rails, dorades, cockpit combing (a fair amount of brightwork!).
Engine (Universal 24hp), access is lacking, best remove water heater to get at stuffing box.
Interior layout: traditional 2 cabin (much mahagony/teak), V-berth, head to port, Q-berth to port behind chart table, galley opposite to starboard, setees extend to centerline to form small doubles.
3 burner SS stove with propane locker in cockpit. Pressure hot and cold water via 2 SS tanks, stand up shower in head.
Quality equipment: Edson wheel, Harken traveler, Lewmar primaries, Bomar ports and hatches, Spartan through-hulls, Datamarine instruments.
Overall I have been exremely happy with this vessel.






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Review Date: Wed July 1, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Very strong, medium displacement hull of 15,000 lbs (no coring), 7,000 lbs of lead in keel with draft of 3'9" draft with centerboard up and 9' 6" down. Comfortable accomodations for 4 for extended cruising with high quality joiner work in the cabin. 110 gallon water capacity in two tanks, spacious ice box and large counters and chart table. I have found the boat to be ideal for the Chesapeake Bay and plan to do blue water cruising in the future. Have noted the ability of the boat to sail very well to windward with the centerboard up. Light air performance is much better than expected, considering her displacement. Heavy air performance is commendable with little to moderate weather helm. Weakness found in access to some parts of the engine and the cockpit lockers are not particularly spacious. Overall, extremely happy with this boat.
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Review Date: Wed March 10, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A VERY WELL DESIGNED AND BUILT BOAT. SHE SAILS FAST AND IS EASILY HANDLED UNDER SAIL AND POWER. INTERIOR FIT AND FINISH IS EXCEPTIONAL AND VERY COMFORTABLE FOR TWO FOR A LONG VOYAGE AND FOR TWO COUPLES ON A WEEKEND. THE ONLY DRAWBACKS ARE ACCESSIBILITY TO THE ENGINE, SHAFT COUPLING AND STUFFING BOX.


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Review Date: Sun January 23, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Ted Hood design with excellent sailing characteristics (especially in light air). Family of four cruised the boat for 3-years including blue-water; held up well. Due to good sailing qualities, seldom needed to use the engine. The Universal (Kabota) 24HP 3-cylinder engine was trouble free and drove the boat well. This is a "sailors" sailboat. It is good of good quality and value. I highly recommend it for coastal or bluewater cruising. See Practical Sailing Magazine for in depth review.
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