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Hey everyone,

I found one for sale in the BVI's that, from the photos looked pretty nice and was within our budget. Does anyone have any experience with them? We are planning on using her to sail Caribbean and potentially farther after a year or so of exploring.

Curious to know what everyones opinion is with them, how they sail, how they handle weather and such.

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Re: Bowman 36?

No direct experience, but are we talking about 'Tilly Whim'? If so she seems a nice example. She'll be 'small' and tight by todays' standards and may well be challenging to maneuver in close quarters, but the dark blue hull looks good.

Appears to have been well looked after, and has 'been there and got the Tshirt'...

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A dark hull may be a bit hot in the Carribean.
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Thanks Barquito and Faster for the comments.

@Faster - Yes the Tilly Whim was the one I was talking about. Owner has had her for last 30 years, and from the photos, she looks well kept. I do worry about the dark hull generating a lot of heat, but she is quite a beauty.

She's a bit high on price in terms of our budget($30k roughly), but she's already located in the BVI's.

I do wonder about the beam though. I do agree that she would be a bit narrow, however as long as the layout is good, it wouldn't bother me too much as we are coming from a Bristol 27(non-liveaboard though).
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Well built solid boats. If i remember correctly the engine is offset making it a challenge to maneuver in tight quarters. Will feel like a modern 30 footer below.

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With a beam of 11'4" she is not exactly narrow. If someone had her for 30 years, she must be a good girl. As to the price: see what is included in terms of gear and sails. That stuff ain't cheap.

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Actually, if I typed the numbers in correctly, the L/B ratio is about the same for the Bristol 27 and the Bowman 36.
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Re: Bowman 36?

While an 11.4 ft beam is, indeed, not particularly narrow, it wasn't until the 90s that that beam was kept as you moved further aft. The narrow ends limited the volume below.

Also I don't think this boat has any sort of quarter/aft berth, so again, less voluminous below (living space) than a more recent boat. However that trades off against lots of cockpit storage, generally.

But she's pretty and she's 'already there'.. two bonus points.

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