Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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These are gorgeous boats to be sure but not really suited for long distance passagemaking. I looked at the 46' since I cruise a 45'. The killer is the displacement - it is only 9000 pounds. My Bristol is 36000 lbs. This translates into tankage and the ability to carry the large amounts of crap one needs for extended cruising. The website did not mention tankage - I can't imagine it would be much.
They certainly appeal to my traditional eye, but they are in that new category of toy, the 'daysailor' for people of means (see also the Morris and other daysailors). looks like a lovely boat to sail and would be ok for a few days' cruise but it would make no sense to try to cruise one of these for any length of time.
Finishing our major refit. Our trip to Newfoundland is off because it is too late. Hoping to go to the North Channel instead.