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I found this wooden Bristol Channel Cutter online. I love these boats but this is the first one I have found in wood. What do you all think of it?

Bristol Channel Cutter, $ 19,500.00
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To my eye there are quite a few odd looking elements to that boat. The bow is wrong. The sheer is awkward. The cabin trunk is clunky. In short, there is none of the aesthetic appeal that I see in a typical BCC. I do not consider this a pretty boat but that's my eye.

Now factor in that it's goin to have the performance of a '53 Plymouth and what have you? You have an odd looking boat that doesnt sail very well. If it were an antiue chair it would be in the garage. The broker is trying to talk it up like it is some important prototype to the BCC's but I don't buy it. If you can live with that kind of performance you might as well have a beautful boat. Slow AND ugly is not a good combo.

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The owner has meticulously checked all hull fastenings and has fibreglassed her over from the waterline down with heavy mat and 4 coats of Epon, a special type of Epoxy Resin.
Why did he fiberglass her after "meticulously" checking all hull fastenings I wonder ?
Sailed a few wood boats that had been glassed over back in the day, made them very heavy, didn't seem to make them any more water tight.

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In my mind the fiberglass ruined this boat.


Did you see that awesome Monk Cruiser on the site? I'm no power boat guy but that is one sweet wood boat.
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I think she is beautiful . And a Gaffer too (even better). Slow ? Slow delirious fun . I really doubt a person would buy this lady thinking she would run with a Catalina 30. Are you really considering this boat ? The only thing that would give me pause with this boat is it has FRP on the hull , I would talk to a knowledgeable surveyor on that . Ever own a wooden boat ? they have special needs . As I'm sure you know, lots of work, ooops I meant fun.
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Sailed boats like that in Newport Beach when I was in high school even then they were a ton of work to keep up. looks ok in the pics but when were they taken? does it still look that good after sitting in the mexico sun. powered by outboard? that does not sound good. it is only a 28' boat however but weights in the 10,000 # range. this type of boat needs at least 20 kts of wind to make it go and then mostly sideways. I could sail my Snowbird in circles around them as they tried to make headway

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If you read the description carefully it says "predecessor to" the Bristol Channel Cutter.....which would allow any of a broad variety of long keeled local fishing vessels of that locale and dating prior to circa 1800 by which time the pilot cutter form is already noted with appreciation though not fully refined.
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Re: What do you think?

Biggest red flag is the "glassed over" part.. For 20K I think you can do better.

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You could be the next proud owner of this showpiece, which would be the talk of your yacht club.
Yes you would be the talk, but I don't think it would be positive!
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