Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Re: Bristol 35.5 Offshore and Liveaboard?
We have a big sister, the 45.5, and have about 30,000 miles on it. We use the cb in two circumstances, going to windward where the board gets pinned against the side of the case so it is silent. We also use it to balance the helm with the vane steering. It can bang back and forth in this use as the boat goes over swells. The rest of the time it is up including in really strong winds (couple of times with 55 knots) and quiet. Bristols are built like tanks and I can recommend one without reservation.
You might also look at the Hood 38 for a similar boat with more space.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.