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Yesterday we held our own for a while against a C36, on a beam reach in 17-18 kn. apparent. Based purely on LWL, the Cat should have been a knot faster.

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That is very cool. How much wind was there? Did the Beneteau pass you?

I'm thinking 17-18 apparent is about the comfortable limit before reefing. Sound about right?
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That is very cool. How much wind was there? Did the Beneteau pass you?

I'm thinking 17-18 apparent is about the comfortable limit before reefing. Sound about right?
Upwind up to 25 seems OK, maybe pinching a bit. On a beam reach, the weather helm will have you thinking about reefing above 17-18.

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thanks for the reference. I did see that and found that interesting, including the modifications. He chronicles the journey which he should, but I didn't see much about how the boat sails.

I have never spent time on a design like this. What are they like to sail on inland waters. I don't race, I cruise and daysail like most folks. I want to know what owners love about how they sail and what they don't like.

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Jim, go to Bristol Owners' Association Home Page , there are lots of B32 owners and all are willing to talk about their boats.
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Thanks for that suggestion. I did that recently after seeing a 32 moored in Monterey CA. The owner was happy to hear his boat was safe and secure.
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Did your survey turn up any major issues like spongy decks? if you don't mind saying what kind of deal did you get. this is one of the boats on my shopping list.
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My survey was pretty good. No spongy decks as I believe they are not cored, but solid. At least that was what I read and after the survey believe. My boat has a cluster of through hulls in the head. The surveyor's hammer didn't have that crisp sound when it landed in the middle of them. That was this spring

When I haul for bottom paint next spring, I'll check it closer. Inside it sounds fine. The only penetrations I need there are for the head sink and the speedo so I may have the others filled in.
My boat has a porta pottie. I'll be darned if I can see where a holding tank would go. All the seacocks are the old tapered Wilcox Crittenden type. Those will be replaced over time. They all work, but don't have handles and they need to be serviced often.

My steel fuel tank needed replacing as a result of the survey. One corner was damp. No dripping of fuel though. I had an aluminum tank built as I couldn't find an off the shelf tank that would work.

The only other thing was a well worn rudder shoe bushing. It is just sloppy and the rudder may be rubbing on the shoe. Again this will be a spring haulout project. I have found two Seattle yards that know what I'm talking about and can do the work. I have also read of a repair using a bronze or brass filled epoxy. That may be an option too.

That was about it. We really are loving her more every time we go out. Backing is an adventure, but that is a design thing shared by many of her type.

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I forgot to mention my deal. Asking was $26,500. We landed at $23,000. following the survey.

The tank, rudder shoe and the potential soft spot around the through hulls made that possible. The owners lived on the other side of the state and I think didn't want the hassle of traveling back and forth to show it etc. We were close so they made it work.

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