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post #22 of Old 05-04-2006
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After reading all of the discussion on the Bristol 32, I checked out the lines of the Bristol 32 and also checked the owners site. I have a 1975 Rival 32, and the differences between the boat appears to be minimal. I would say mostly in the build quality. The Rival 32 is an excellent offshore boat and quite a number of them have circumnavigated. It would be reasonable to assume that the Bristol 32 should be capable of doing a circumnavigation, however, any sailboat of that vintage and mine is no exception should be thoroughly checked out and upgraded/repaired to a standard that allows for a safe offshore passage. So I say, why not.
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