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Viewing a Bristol 32 tonight... Questions

Hi all,

The joy and nerves of purchasing one's first boat are upon me. I've gone from pining for a boat from my "dream list", all of which are very much out of my price range, to shopping for something I can afford now. Enter the Bristols: from what I have read, they came from a respected yard where they were well designed and well laid, capable of passage making (yes, with upgrades), popular with a decent owners organization, and surprisingly affordable today.

Cutting to the chase, tonight, I'm going to view a 1968 Bristol 32 that's being offered for sale at a price that generated my interest. I've been more successful at finding data on the more popular 24's and 27's than I have the 32. That coupled with the fact that this is the first time I'm shopping for a yacht, I have (a myriad of) questions. I'll limit them.

Main concern: The boat is on the hard in the owner's driveway. The owner purchased it 1.5 years ago, then was in an accident that rendered him incapable of sailing. He's never had it in the water. He purchased it from a local marina (whom I've contacted; they don't remember the vessel off the top of their heads but are researching for me) who was selling it for an elderly man. The current owner seems knowledgable enough, but, I'm leery of purchasing without knowing when it was last in the water. Owner says that the seacocks, stuffing boxes, and fuel filters have been serviced along with new bottom paint, "amongst others". Most of his attention/work has been paid to the cabin.

Since I'm buying on a budget, a $500 survey, while a great idea, under the circumstances, may not be feasible since the boat will need to make it's way to the water, have its mast stepped, dropped in, then yanked out when it starts sinking ,etc...

If the first looks today are good, I'll be seeking someone with more knowledge than I to come and have a look see with me. But for tonight, here's what I'm looking for, please add to this list:

Leaking tanks (water in the bilge, fumes), engine run?, mold / signs of leakage in cabin, state of the electronics, quality of included sails, crazing, chainplates, condition of rigging...

Your experience and knowledge are always appreciated.

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Re: Viewing a Bristol 32 tonight... Questions

So, how did the visit go?
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Re: Viewing a Bristol 32 tonight... Questions

The thread picked up more steam over here: Viewing a Bristol 32 tonight... Questions

As it stands, went well, I'm ready to put down a deposit, and now I can't get a hold of the owner. Figures.
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Re: Viewing a Bristol 32 tonight... Questions

This may be too little to late, but I purchases a 1975 32 recently. This is my third season. The fact that it is out of the water is good in my opinion as a surveyor would haul it anyway. You can do all the other inspections on the hard except for running the engine. Your surveyor typically wouldn't do an extensive engine survey anyway except to see that it runs and doesn't have obvious flaws. Same is true for the rig. A rigger would do that and since the mast is down, it makes that easier too.

If you are serious, get a survey!!! I know it is an expense that could go out the window, but it is cheap insurance against the unknown, especially since this is your first boat of consequence. You'll need one to insure the boat anyway.

Check Fuel tank for leaks. Mine was and was required to replace it. Look for voids in the decks and cabin tops. Look for leaking chain plate penetrations and obvious interior leaks particularly around the mast step. Check the operation of all the systems like running lights, electrical, instruments, plumbing, etc.

That's my two cents. I love my 32, and even after a thorough survey, I've made changes and upgraded things. it is the nature of the beast. Be safe and smart.

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you have to get a survey for insurance anyway!
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Re: Viewing a Bristol 32 tonight... Questions

Did you end up picking up that boat? I had my eye on it until the seller told me it was just about sold, then I found your post lol.
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Re: Viewing a Bristol 32 tonight... Questions

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Did you end up picking up that boat? I had my eye on it until the seller told me it was just about sold, then I found your post lol.
I don't think he did. He was also on the Bristol Yahoo groups and I thought I remembered reading that he had decided to pass.

If you're still interested in the boat, it wouldn't hurt to give the seller a call. The worst that can happen is he says it's sold.
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