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Re: Can a Bristol 32 Circumnavigate?
Well, I've got a 1976 one. Just love her completely. I've had her in a short, tight, nine foot sea off the coast of Maine near Petit Manan during a blow. Had my family onboard, wife and young daughter. I never, not for a second, doubted that Eider would take care of all of us, as long as I cared for her. She is weatherly and seaworthy, and can stay at sea in a good solid nor'easter, if you're silly enough to get caught out. (ask me how I know) Yes, she leans over. Are we sailors or stinkpotters? I mean really. So she heels twenty degrees. Did you mean to go down to the ocean, or what?
We hope to sail to Newfoundland in a year or so, and we want to check out Labrador. We won't trade our old CCA boat in for one of those modern fin keel rigs. Ever run aground, accidentally? I have. Nothing like a (mostly) full keel to make up for a human's mistakes. But if you look at the belly of almost ANY of those fin keel jobs on the hard in winter, you'll see all kinds of wrinkles. Not on my boat. That Jeff guy doesn't talk about THAT.
That having been said; what would I trade her for? A Pacific Seacraft 34, or better yet, a 37. But that's real money. Much more than I can raise. Lacking a lottery win, I'll stick with my forty year old, solid, beautiful (does anyone enjoy looking back at their clorox bottle from their dingy? Really?) weatherly and safe B32, Eider. And come up and cruise Maine. It's nice up here. Let me know if you need a mooring.
Oh, and the previous poster is right on. When I had to replace the depth sounder, I needed to special order one with a long stem. That was the only way to get through the thick layup. My boat has enough extra glass to make a good sized daysailer. Might slow her down a tenth of a knot or so. Reread bit about wife and daughter. Thank you Bristol crew: We owe you for one damn solid boat.
Last edited by mainebristol; 03-12-2016 at 08:12 PM.