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Re: Bristol 30 up to 34

I bought a 1975 Bristol 32 two seasons ago. I thought I had a delamination in the vicinity of the through hulls in the head area. I didn't. The decks seem to be plywood cored. I don't have any delam issues. If you read enough about the 32 you will learn that they like to heal to 20 to 30 degrees which is how that type was designed. The only hull related repair that I've done is rebuild the rudder pin. After thirty some years it was sloppy.

I love the deck space, the huge cooler, and the way she handles. I'm still getting used to the keel, having had modern fins in the past. This mostly has to do with backing out of the slip.

There aren't many of these on the west coast and I get lots of questions. On the east coast I don't imagine that happens as much. She rides soft and now that I know her better, I plan to push her a little more this year.

Hope you get one you love.

Jim
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