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Re: Bristol 35.5 Offshore and Liveaboard?
We have a bristol 38.8. The two boats are very similar. While I don't have time to write too much, we did sail ours from Cape Cod to the Caribbean and back. The fuel capacity is lacking. This would be my biggest complaint. The engine on the 35.5 would not burn as much, so you are better off even if the capacity is the same. I was so concerned that the centerboard wasn't going to come back up, that we never used it. I had been meaning to get the cable serviced before we left but hadn't. Needless to say, she sails pretty good without it. Of course there is some performance loss going up wind. We have been back in New England for a few years now and the cable has been replaced. So we use the board when we need it and it works great. The only really big con is the cable & attachment and if it does break its a nightmare to get rerouted. Some of the bristol guys are now using line instead of a cable. Its called blue-something. I actually completely forget the name of the line, but its something like that and it is very strong and holds up in salt water.
Last edited by KindOfBlue; 05-14-2013 at 06:34 AM.