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JR828 04-14-2010 08:49 PM

Bristol 41.1
Hi Out there. Anyone with a bristol 41.1 center cockpit? Just purchased one.

tomwatt 04-15-2010 10:35 AM

Sorry to say no, but I will confess to some serious envy.
You wouldn't mind posting photos I hope?
You've found the Bristol Owners' Assoc. webpage, right?
Bristol Owners' Association Home Page
Since there were only about 100 made, you're in a rare league.

wilsonlb 04-19-2010 10:46 PM

Bristol 41.1
Me too. At least if the inspection goes well.

Obviously I think you made a good decision.

JR828 04-27-2010 11:33 AM

Hi and sorry for the extreme delay in responding as I have been out of town. I will dig up some pictures and post them soon. I am very excited and happy with my new purchase. As soon as the centerboard issue is fixed, we will be in the water!

Dcneuro 06-21-2010 06:19 PM

What a great boat.l. I have looked at a few now but have not found one that worked out. I currently sail a Bristol 32. I really admire the 41.1cc.

JR828 06-28-2010 11:13 AM

Thank You very much. It really is a great boat and am currently updating it. Finally got back into the water this weekend. I am constantly impressed with the way Bristols are built. I am doing much of the renovation myself and am getting a firsthand glance at the quality.

chef2sail 01-18-2012 11:47 PM

We are looking at purrchasing a 1988 CC Bristol 41.1. Is there anything I shoulkd be looking for?, Hohw do you like yours. I know the Thread is older, but hopefully you still visit.


killarney_sailor 01-19-2012 12:25 PM

We have a Bristol 45.5 which is very similar. Have a particular look at the tankage. The quality of the materials is exceptional - our water tanks are Monel, but there are issues with the welding and attachment of hose fittings. On the 45.5, there were two very large fuel tanks that generally have had to be replaced and replacement is a very costly undertaking since you need to take apart a lot of the interior to get the old tanks out. Other than that, I am not aware of issues particular to these boats so it is more a general question of the quality/upkeep of a particular boat. Also look at where the anchor windlass is located. Our windlass was way forward, in front of the ondeck locker. This meant that the chain fell onto the slope of the overhang and it was not steep enough to fall backward into the chain locker so it castled and jammed. Someone had to be in the v-berth to pull the chain backward with a boat hook as it came in. That was a major PITA. We bought a new windlass and positioned it just after of the decklocker so the chain has about 4' to drop. Also, gets the weigtht back which is a good thing.

JR828 01-20-2012 04:32 PM

Hi Dave . Yes I do occasionally review old posts. First of all, I love the boat and am constantly in awe of the quality of construction. Having owned the boat for two years now, I would agree that the water and fuel tanks should be closely examined. Look at the pennant at the centerboard, and wear of the gelcoat in the decks. I also had issues with welds failing at the bow and stern rails causing me to ave to remove and rewelded and then reattach. The plumbing system is antiquated too and probably needs to be removed and updated. Has the boat you're looking at been repowered?

JR828 01-20-2012 04:38 PM

The great thing about the 41.1 is that the fuel tanks are under the aft berth which is cheaper and easier to replace. I love the 45 and seriously looked into buying one but leaky fuel tanks in the keel and the extreme cost to replace them killed the deal.

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