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Re: First Sailboat Bristol 22 Columbia 22 CC24

The C&C will probably be the best performing boat but the shallower draft of the Columbia will probably work better on the Chessie.

For performance comparison, the Bristol PHRF is 288, the Columbia is 264 and the C&C is 228 - that's a minute a mile faster than the Bristol and more than 1/2 minute a mile faster than the Columbia. A minute a mile is a lot on a sailboat - you get there 1/2 hour earlier on a 30 mile trip. You have the boat put to bed and are on your second drink before the slower boat arrives.

I don't think you could go far wrong with any of them though - I'd go with the one you like best, the one that feels right to you when you are aboard.
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