Bristol 24 Corsair
Is there anyone on the forum who can shed some light on the Bristol 24.7 Corsair? I have had my eye on this design for quite sometime now, but there is little information about them online compared to other similar-sized and designed boats of the same era, for example, the Pearson Ariel, Cape Dory 25, and 25D, among others.
The specs and build quality of Bristol in general seems to point out that these boats would be equally capable of the kind of sailing the Cape Dory 25D and others are capable of, but I can't find much info about anyone making any significant cruises in one.
The Bristol 24.7 was offered with an outboard in a well or a Yanmar 8HP diesel. LOA: 24.6, LWL 18.1, BOA 8, Disp. 5920, Capsize Screening ratio: 1.77, Motion Comfort Index 28.39 (this last is a lot better than most boats this size or many bigger ones).
Can anyone tell my why I shouldn't consider this design for some serious cruising, coastal and offshore (at least island-hopping)? Jeff? I'll be mostly single-handing, sometimes there will be two of us.
They are readily available, good-looking, (to my eyes) shallow draft 3'6", and offer almost 6' of headroom, which is quite a feat on a 24' boat that still looks good.
Anyone ever owned/sailed one?