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JejjH - father still have Brewer 12.8?
Yes, my Father would still like to sell his boat although he has yet to list it. We looked at all three boats when we were shopping for my father''s boat. We liked the Bristol 41.1 and the Brewer 12.8. We ruled out Endeavours on build quality and sailing ability. Although they only have a slightly lower rating, we actually had an Endeavour 37 and an Endeavour 40 in out family and had found the build quality really lacking and while they were OK in flat water they really were not very good offshore boats. I did not that the 42 had a substantially faster rating than the 40. I am surprised that the Endeavour 42 is much faster than the 40 as the 40 seemed to be a slightly faster boat than the 42 when sailing in company with the larger boat. Mom and jack (my stepfather) cruised throughout Florida, the Bahamas and up the US South Atlantic coast with theirs. After their experience, and helping with a 42 being put back together after being in the charter biz, I really think that there are much better boats out there for the dollar.
I thought that the Bristold 41.1 was a very nice boat. They probably are a little faster than the other two. Build quality seemed about the same as the 12.8''s. When we were looking they were substantially more expensive and did not seem to have a layout that appeared to be slightly more biased towards coastal cruising than the 12.8 and with less storage. (There were several 41.1 interiors and some seemed better than others.)
I think that there were several things that pushed Dad toward buying the specific that he did. His particular boat is one of the original 12 Brewer 12.8''s which were built to a very high spec for a group of very knowledgeable yachtsmen. They had been set up specifically to be easy to handle by an older couple, to be expecially seaworthy and comfortable, and to offer a good turn of speed. I feel like they really succeeded.
I don''t think that you would go wrong with either a Bristol 41.1 or Brewer 12.8.