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Re: Bristol 35.5 Offshore and Liveaboard?
I have a Tartan 37C which also has a low companionway sill, If I am heading offshore, I keep at least the first drop board in (which brings it up to the seat height) and secure it with a detent pin keeping the board from rising. This would be the same height of a bridge deck but has the main benefit of removal for easy access to the cabin. Best of both worlds, so don't let the lack of a bridge deck stop you!
I also have a centerboard and have not had any experience of it wobbling or slapping.......
A friend of mine has a Bristol 31.1 and it is a well built boat but the engine access is a b_tch!
Tartan 37-C, #59