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post #51 of 55 Old 01-13-2012
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Having owned a Bristol since 1991 I believe I know them. The construction is better than a Cal, in fact Pearson may have made the hull too heavy. With good maintenance these boats can last a lifetime. The boat loves to reach, but upwind in certain kinds of short chop light-med wind requires bearing off 5 degrees to stop hobby horsing (she does have a very short footprint), otherwise she sails fine. Below she has more storage than most boats of her size. Real drawers, more storage under the drawers, lockers port and starboard, shelves and cabinets. Unlike some boats, there are catches for sea duty. Our cabin is actually quite nice for a production boat, with mahogany bulkheads and white cabin liner, lots of light and ventilation, plenty of headroom and good visibility. Actually I don't really understand why there is such negative comment about Bristol 32's. They are a classic CCA hull designed by none other than Ted Hood. They move easily through the water, are quite dry and they get you there.

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Re: Can a Bristol 32 Circumnavigate?

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Here is the latest position of Sanddollar,the Bristol 32 which has been sailing around the world. A beautiful and well made boat.
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is that perfectly phrased or WHAT !
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Agreed Bristol 1966 I have removed seacocks, ( Wilcox-Crittendens ) the bloody hull is over an inch at that level thick! FRP no coreing mat'l , eh?
at 50 my entire yacht is in better , sound condition than most I've crewed upon , Salute to the shop guys back at the old Franklin St. shops! (Bristol . RI, USA ) !!!
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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.
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