VI and Darius,
I am a fan of the Bristol 35 and 40 AND a fan of Ted Hood. In fact, I have a Ted Hood design as my boat, a Wauquiez Hood 38.
But, I also have a very strong math background and am a scientist. Here is the data:
Bristol 35: 23''9" LWL, 10.0 beam, 12,300disp
Bristol 40: 27''6" LWL, 10''9" beam, 17000 disp
Block Island 40:
28''9" LWL, 11''9" Beam, 20000 disp
Hinckley B 40:
28''10" LWL, 11''9" beam, 20000 disp
Now, VI, I know you are sunning yourself in the wonderful VI but the math works the same there as is does here. :O) The BI and Hinckley have a foot more beam, longer waterlines and significantly greater displacement. They are larger boats.
Darius, the reason I say "not a livaboard" was that the Bristol 40, as gorgeous as it is, has about the same amount of cabin as a Catalina 30. Now, to be clear, livability is a relative term, many many people, couples, live and have lived aboard smaller boats. No question. Moreover, if someone were to give me a Bristol 40 and a trunk of cash and say, have fun... I would be gone and living aboard.. happily. I made the statement with regard to the fact that there are much more comfortable, larger, faster and as well built boats in the price range you could get a Bristol 40.
VI, if you every get your Bristol 35 to the VI, I would be overjoyed to sail with you. If you are ever near Annapolis, you are welcome aboard Invictus.