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Hi,

Could someone provide some information about the Bristol 29.

Seaworthy, up to the task for offshore work?
Well built?

I'm looking for a boat small enough for ease of handling but strong enough for occasional passage up to a hundred miles for shore.

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Lenoroit,
I have a Bristol 29 (hull 130), and love it. I have sailed it on the Chesapeake Bay for 4 years and think that it is certainly up to the type of sailing that you describe. It is stable, fairly heavy, and very pretty (if thats important to you. it is to me). It can be a bit tender, but then settles in nicely and sails well in light or heavier air. Cabin is good for a boat that size and would accomodate weekends or even a week long cruise for a couple. Some take them much farther than that. I have reconditioned mine and added roller furling, new sails, repaired decks, rebedded fittings, updated electric and motor. Bristol is known as one of the really good early glass boats with a hull that is strong even after all these years. Did I mention that my B29 is for sale? I am upgrading this year and looking for a good home for Black Pearl. PM me if you would like more info or just to discuss the boat.

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Bristol 29

Hi,

Thanks everyone for your informations.

Bardo, I can't send you a PM now. Not enough posts. I need ten.

The Bristol 29's deck is cored or solid fiberglass?

Someone has some experience with these boat in a quartering sea with 30-35 knots of wind?

Dry or wet on a tack in a chop?

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Hi,

Thanks everyone for your informations.
...The Bristol 29's deck is cored or solid fiberglass?...
99% of ALL sailboats have cored decks, and almost the same have used balsa as the core material. It is a question that doesn't need to be asked.
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Could someone provide some information about the Bristol 29.

Seaworthy, up to the task for offshore work?
Well built?

I'm looking for a boat small enough for ease of handling but strong enough for occasional passage up to a hundred miles for shore.
FWIW, I have sailed one once, and thought it to be a well laid out boat for it's size. Supposedly it could sleep 4 but the 2 aft sleeping berths would probably be small for a taller person

The owner said he used it for a lot of coastal cruising and some offshore stuff. He had nothing but good things to say about it.

Also, don't know if you've seen this but there may be some good info there:
http://bristol29.com/
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and almost the same have used balsa as the core material.
I gotta diagree there...recent boats have a lot of airex foam cores and lots of boats used marine plywood instead of balsa. some even used regular plywood. (AVOID THEM!)
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The deck is balsa cored. And why should he not ask the question? Should newbies not come here? I thought that was the whole point, sailingfool.
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Lenoroit,
to answer your question about sailing qualities of the B29, the boat is dry in the cockpit in most conditions, including following and quartering seas. Of course any boat of that size will ship some green stuff if its blowing hard enough. I don't typically sail mine in 30+ knots. Not that the boat couldn't take it, but I don't have the confidence in my own skills yet, to willingly go out in more than about 20-25 kts. I will PM you with my email in case you have more questions.

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Bristol 29

Bardo,

I have some more questions.
Send me a PM so I can answer you. One day , I'll be old enough to do my own.

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