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You really want to take this question to the Bristol email group - also check the archives for past conversations. We came close to buying a 35.5 several years ago, and I recall not hearing anything bad about the centerboard, although we felt the keel model would work better for us.
You can also search the web for reviews of Bristols/see if there''s one on Practical Sailor/ check this link at: http://members.aol.com/bristolyht/also check with brokers who have specialized in Bristols - we worked with folks at Bristol Yachts (http://www.bristolyachts.com/) who seemed to know the 35.5 inside out.
Finally you might call Little Harbor (http://www.lhyb.com/), as I believe Ted Hood is still around and you could never get better info than right from the horse''s mouth, so to speak.