Bristol 41 Aft Cockpit - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > Boat Builders Row > Bristol
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 10-10-2006
teshannon's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 2,713
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 10
teshannon has a spectacular aura about teshannon has a spectacular aura about teshannon has a spectacular aura about
Bristol 41 Aft Cockpit

I am considering the purchase of a Bristol 41 Aft Cockpit, 1986 vintage. It appears to be a nice boat but I know nothing about it's sailing characteristics or quality of construction. It's intended use is 1 year on the Chesepeake Bay (center-board a plus there) and then coastal sailing (not sure about the center-board there). If anyone can share with me their experiences with a Bristol 41 it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Tom Shannon
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 10-11-2006
captlar's Avatar
can't re Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Cape Cod
Posts: 136
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
captlar is on a distinguished road
I assume you are looking at a 41.1. We have owned a 31.1 keel and now a 35.5 keel/centerboard. Bristol built (most of the time) a high quality boat. They sail very well. The centerboard is not ballasted and the boats built with the centerboard option are a little tender. We reef sooner on the 35.5 than we did on the 31.1 and we do bury the rail on the 35.5 and did not on the 31.1. For us, the trade off was needed since our homeport has skinny water. We may move up again and we would skip past the 38.8 and go for the 41.1
Bristols have a fair amount of wood. We love it below and pay to maintain it above. We are still hooked on varnish.
If you like the Bristols, you may also want to check out the Wasquiez - specifically the 38 footer.
As always, get a tough surveyor. These are older boats and you want one that has been consistently maintained and upgraded, not just cleaned up and awlgripped for sale.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 10-15-2006
teshannon's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 2,713
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 10
teshannon has a spectacular aura about teshannon has a spectacular aura about teshannon has a spectacular aura about
Thanks for your insights. Yes, it is a 41.1 we're considering. At first we will spend a summer on the Chesapeake learning the boat. The centerboard is attractive for that reason. After that we intend to do some coastal sailing and that is where I expect weaknesses to show up.
Tom
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 10-15-2006
captlar's Avatar
can't re Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Cape Cod
Posts: 136
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
captlar is on a distinguished road
I do not think you will find any weakness in the design. Bristol 41.1 are a commonly entered yacht in the Marion / Bermuda race. They are offshore capable and extremely capable for coastal cruising. I would not hesitate to take my 35.5 to the caribe from Boston. Obviously, the condition of the specific boat really determines seaworthyness. The 41.1 is a big boat. The 35.5 is easier for 2 to handle. Specific to the centerboard, the cable that raises and lowers the board needs to be inspected each year and replaced every 5 (conservative) years. Replacing the cable before it breaks is an easy task. Some serious offshore sailors will secure a centerboard in the up position to eliminate the possibility of problems, but near shore I would have no concerns. The trick to securing a centerboard if the cable breaks and you have to raise the board to access shallow waters is to take a line, start at the bow and work it back until it comes to the board and then use the line as a strap to pull the board up and cleat off. Hope my description is clear enough.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 10-15-2006
Vasco's Avatar
Warm Weather Sailor
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Toronto
Posts: 972
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Vasco is on a distinguished road
captlar,

Hey Larry,

Haven't seen your posts for a little while. You must be nearly ready to go cruising. We'll be headed out in November. Have to paint the bottom first. Sorry, don't mean to interrupt the Bristol thread.
__________________
Rick I
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 10-15-2006
captlar's Avatar
can't re Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Cape Cod
Posts: 136
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
captlar is on a distinguished road
Hi Rick ! Sent you PM. Larry
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 10-15-2006
camaraderie's Avatar
moderate?
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: East Coast
Posts: 13,878
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 15
camaraderie is a jewel in the rough camaraderie is a jewel in the rough camaraderie is a jewel in the rough
Tom...I'm sitting next to a 41.1 right now that has navigated from the St. Lawrence seaway down here to NC and is none the worse for wear. These are strong, nicely finished boats that can easily do what you want. They don't have as much space below as todays production cruisers of the same length, but I'd be a lot more comfortable at sea in a Bristol. These are all older boats now and each will be different but I've noticed that they are the type of boat that previous owners take pride in and many are well kept and suitably upgraded over time. Good hunting!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 10-17-2006
teshannon's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 2,713
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 10
teshannon has a spectacular aura about teshannon has a spectacular aura about teshannon has a spectacular aura about
Bristol 41

Camaraderie,
Thanks for your thoughts. My search so far bears out what you've said. I find it fascinating that no two Bristol 41s are the same. I am looking at 2 of them in the Annapolis area and will let you know how I make out. Good luck to you.
Tom
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 06-08-2007
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
samkristen is on a distinguished road
Sailing the AC 41.1

Hi,
I own a 1988 aft cockpit 41.1 (also for sale!!), on which I took a year off to sail around the Caribbean with my family.
I find the boat sails very well. It is remarkably well balanced and can sail for hours unattended in the right conditions. The heavy displacement is nice in any kind of sea - just plows through all the little stuff. And it does surprisingly well in light air - that's with a 145 genoa. The only negative is that it's rolley in a beam sea which I attribute to the round underbody (typical of Hood designs). The centerboard helps to curtail this a bit but it bangs around in the trunk in these conditions. We did many offshore passages on our boat and always felt secure.
Nowadays I often go out by myself for short sails and just roll out the jib in 10-15 knot winds and the boat will sail over 6 knots.
These are very solid boats. I just wish they had better engine access!!

Good Luck.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 01-27-2008
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Maryland
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
nilsp is on a distinguished road
I am closing on a Bristol 41.1 Aft Cockpit this next week. I will be bringing her down from her current port in Maine early/mid May to the Annapolis region (no marina yet chosen). Have you been successful in locating one? There are at least three currently available a short drive north of Boston. --- I notice there is an active Chesapeake Bristol club. Should be a good way to get to know other Bristol owners - and to gain from their experiences.
Regards. Nils Pearson
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Center cockpit or aft cockpit? capsbond Boat Review and Purchase Forum 11 08-09-2006 12:28 PM
Older Bristol Boats gknopp Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 06-19-2003 03:08 PM
Aft vs. Center Cockpit Hansdg53 Boat Review and Purchase Forum 7 06-25-2002 04:59 AM
need help choosing a windvane for center cockpit boat! staceyneil Gear & Maintenance 0 06-22-2002 05:21 AM
Day Sailers w/large cockpit and head? Ethan_nyc Boat Review and Purchase Forum 6 07-14-2001 08:09 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:20 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.