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Old 05-03-2010
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I BOUGHT A 1969 24' BRISTOL SHES A GREAT BOAT I am trying to restore her and redo her interior. I bought Maya last month and really dont kow a thing about restoring her any advice for the novice sailor and restorer.
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Buy Don Casey's This Old Boat, 2nd Edition. It's a great starting point for you.

If you need to do fiberglass work, I'd recommend using epoxy rather than vinylester or polyester resin, since it will be a bit easier to use, and end up with a stronger repair. Get your epoxy from rather than buying west or system3...since it is a very good epoxy from a company that knows boat building... and far less expensive.

If you need fiberglass, get it from

West systems has great reference material on their site, but IMHO, their epoxy is over-priced.

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As SailingDog noted, the West System tutorial is a great resource if you need to do epoxy repairs: WEST SYSTEM | Use Guides
I use the West System epoxy as it is easy to get and I rarely buy more then a pint at a time. I have not tried the other brands which I am sure are as good as Wests mostly out of laziness. Perhaps when I have to do a re-core project on my boat I will.
The Bristol 24' from that era is a classic plastic old boat like my Tartan 27' from 1967. Plenty of wood around above and below decks. I hope you like woodworking and finishing wood? Then there are the electrical, engine, head and plumbing systems, not to mention galley stoves and such. Lots to learn about and tinker with. I hope you like tinkering?
I hope you also like finding information out on the web as well. There are other people who own the Bristol 24' who have worked on them and there may even be an owners group somewhere (yahoo, google or whatever).
When you have more specific questions on your restore of this boat please post them along with any photos you might have that would help describe the work you want to do.
Good for you for saving another classic plastic.
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