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Re: Please help me compare these cruising boats.
The Bristol 35.5 sails very nicely and construction is bombproof. Your main problem is likely to be finding one for sail on the west coast.
There is a 31.1 for sale in Redwood City on Yachtworld. I know nothing about it's condition (except that it doesn't look that great in the pics) It might also be a bit small looking at what else is on your list.
This site is quite useful for comparing numbers :
Sail Calculator Pro v3.53 - 2500+ boats
The 35.5 (the 31.1 too) has a combination of motion comfort and decent speed that is hard to match and makes for a nice SF Bay boat.
Generally my suggestion would be to make a shortlist of models, then search for the best example.
Bristol 31.1, San Francisco Bay
Last edited by MarkSF; 06-13-2012 at 02:49 PM.