Bristol 32'''' full keel
As an owner of a Bristol 32, let me say that, as with all boats, it is important to fit the vessel to the owner, the type of sailing to be done, and lastly, finances. My sailing is coastal and island, in Buzzards Bay Massachusetts. Consistant winds and chop make for exciting passages even on the good days. My Bristol 32 is more than capable of handling the 5 foot chop and 15-20 kts of the prevaling southwesterly breeze.
Asthetically, and this is very important to me, is the look of the boat. In an admittantly biased opinion, the Bristol 32 is just about as beautiful a boat as I can think of, with "classic" lines. Certainly, there are faster boats, more expensive boats, but dollar for dollar, pound for pound, foot for foot, this boat can, and does, do the trick. It is a testimony to the quality of the boats built by the company, that so many of them are still around.