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Bristol 35
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Description: Bristol 35
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sat February 21, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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John Alden designed sloop on traditional lines with a low aspect rig by today's standards. She gets many admiring looks by lovers of traditional boat. Underbody is a full keel with cutaway forefoot. She features a very long and roomy cockpit, making it a great boat for a family or entertaining friends. Boats were produced with either tiller or wheel steering. The boat has sufficient internal ballast to provide excellent ultimate stability, however, she is initially relatively tender. FRP (fiberglass)layup is substantial throughout, and as is common on many boats of this vintage, rigging and fittings are heavy duty. Decks have a balsa core, so potential buyers should inspect carefully for evidence of water damage, especially under poorly bedded deck fittings. If they're dry, they're as solid as the Rock of Gibralter. Keel/centerboard version is excellent for cruising in shoal waters such as those found in the Chesapeake Bay. With the board down the helm balances nicely going to windward. With out the boards help, there is considerable weather helm. With only 10 feet of beam, interior space is necessarily limited; however, the designer has found room for lengthy berths in the main salon and a larger head/shower than are found on most boats in this size range. The v-berth is a bit shorter than some might like. At market prices, the boat offers a lot of sailing enjoyment for a very reasonable investment.
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VIEXILE
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Registered: January 2001
Posts: 445
Review Date: Thu March 29, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This was our first "real" boat outside the Hobie 18 and the regular use of a Hunter 33. Big difference with the latter. Full keel, cutaway forefoot, built like an offshore beast with very nice feel in a serious seaway. I race OPB's (other people's boats). My personal preferences lean toward delivery. The only bluewater disadvantage that caught me by surprise was the HUGE cockpit. Got swamped pretty good and it takes forever to drain. If, somehow, i can get the boat to the Carib where I now live, from SW Harbor, Maine, I'd fill the cockpit with boxes and increase the size of the scuppers. She's been a GREAT boat.
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goblin49
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Registered: August 2000
Posts: 3
Review Date: Tue February 19, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have owned this boat for only two years. In these two years I have found "Jubilee" to be very comfortable to sail. Jubilee has a full keel with a 5' draft and backs up any way she feel like on any particular day. (You get to know her moods). She responds well in most weather I have found on the Great Lakes and can really turn an eye in the harbor. Below there is plenty of storage and lots of room for the both of us to move around. I will find dislikes as we travel more, but for now she is perfect.
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