Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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I have a Bristol 45.5 with a centerboard and am over 15,000 offshore miles. I would not be concerned with the centerboard model for offshore. We use our centerboard for a couple of purposes - going to windward and providing balance so that our Monitor windvane is more effective. Having the CB down, even a couple of feet dramatically reduces weather helm when power reaching. The rest of the time the board is up and we have less than 5' draft which was handy in the Bahamas and a few other places but of now significance in most cruising areas.
Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).