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Bristol 33? 34 - Engine in the...

Just coming across this boat on the net - interesting design. Looks quite different than the earlier 35 or later 35.5 for example. It's a late 60's Halsey Herreshoff design... with a relatively deep draft fin keel and a lot of width... oh yeah, with the engine low in the bilge atop the ballast!

Anyone know or heard - how did these go? Anybody sail on one? Seems quite different compared to how I think of boats of that era.

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Wow, neat. I can only assume there are reasons why you never see this configuration. Curious to see what other people say.
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Not much water or fuel for 33 feet, and more draft than most newer 33 footers. No shower or much opportunity to put one in. Seems to be mostly a weekend boat for deep waters.
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Not much water or fuel for 33 feet, and more draft than most newer 33 footers. No shower or much opportunity to put one in. Seems to be mostly a weekend boat for deep waters.
There is a shower right there on the plan.

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Not much water or fuel for 33 feet, and more draft than most newer 33 footers.
5-1/2 feet? For a 33' boat? That's a lot? I can't imagine a boat with much less sailing worth a dit, but you never know. Draft isn't on top of the worry chain in this area, and not so much in SF until you get up into the delta.
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This is one of my favorite boats from that era. They sailed very well (especially the 34 version which has a slightly better rudder). These were boats that were way ahead of their time in terms of stability, motion comfort and seaworthiness. 5 1/2 foot draft is a shoal draft for a 33 footer from my perspective. They also were well built for that time frame. My only gripe is that some of these had plastic laminate (formica) over plywood bulkheads. The problem with that is that the bulkhead can completely rot out behind the laminate and you can't really see it.


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I may not know much but I love the engine location! Kinda makes me think of my mid engine 2 seater LOL

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The Bristol 33 came equipped with an Atomc (bomb) 4 and it was mounted on top of the keel and provided ballast low in the hull. I have a 1970 boat and the motor has been replaced with a Kabota D905....3 cylinder diesel. This boat is built like a tank and sails very well on all points. I have 2 twenty gallon tanks both port and starboard and a water tank under the V berth (30 gallons). The boat has hot and cold pressure water and a shower in the head and the cockpit. I am very happy with this boat and couldn't ask for more........actually, I would love a Hans Christian 33 but need to hit the lottery first...................maybe someday.
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