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Old 03-02-2004
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Bristol Channel Cutters


Thanks for your input and help. I plan on starting in the islands then move off shore as comfort level dictates. That being said I am drawn toward very salty looking boats with lots of beautiful wood. I also am a big fan of heavy displacement, full keel, sea worthy vessels.

A great sailor I probably am not but I do know what catches my eye and draws my spirit. I do realize what you mean when you talk of modern technology being employed on newer sailing craft; and for what I am setting out to do this is probably not the most ideal boat for me now. But if a boat calls to you how do you answer?

Can anyone who purchases a sailboat be called practical? I am at the point in my short life where the chance to live a dream is going to be in front of me very soon. If I do it for 1 year or 10 years the money will be well invested.

Boats are always a comprimise. The wood will have to be maintained but I do like the simple rigging. A narrow beam and short length but easily managed. I did think though having all opening ports and dual hinged hatches, plus dorades would provide good ventilation. Is this not true?

Anyway thanks for answering.

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