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"Bristol condition"

Where did the phrase, "bristol condition" come from and how did it come to mean "better then new"?
I suspect it may have something to do with the phrase "All ship-shape and Bristol fashion", meaning "completely organized and ready", which Brewer's says arose from the port of Bristol's reputation for efficiency in the days of sail. - Nunh-huh 05:09, 13 December 2005 (UTC)

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I thought that Bristol condition was an English term used by the British to refer to a very tight ship.
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It is English in origin.

A cut and paste from an English site,

'Ship-shape and Bristol fashion' is actually two phrases merged into one. Ship-shape came first and has been used since the 17th century. It is recorded in Sir Henry Manwayring's The sea-mans dictionary, 1644:

"It [the rake] being of no use for the Ship, but only for to make her Ship shapen, as they call it."

Bristol fashion was added later and is first seen in print during Bristol's heyday as a trading port, in Richard Dana Jr's Two years before the mast, 1840:

"Everything on board 'ship-shape and Bristol fashion'."

Admiral William Henry Smyth's 1865 Sailor's Word-book - an alphabetical digest of nautical terms, which is a treasure trove of nautically inspired phrases, has a definition of the phrase:

"Said when Bristol was in its palmy commercial days - and its shipping was all in proper good order."

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Are Bristol yachts manufactured in Bristol?
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They were manufactured in Bristol RI, (not to be confused with Bristol, England) but production ceased in 1997.

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They were....... before they went bankrupt

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I'm watching after a 40' Bristol for a friend of mine while he's out of town. It's been on the market for two years, and he's had ONE person look at it. He called last night to say he has prospective buyer number two coming by Sunday afternoon, and he needs it cleaned up. That's my luck. It's a gorgeous boat, but I don't think the market's going to let him sell it at this price. Hope I'm wrong. Here it is:

http://yachtworld.com/core/listing/b...64&searchtype=
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Yup, beautiful woodwork. Back around the time when Bristol was going under I had a former Bristol employee/carpenter put in a teak and holly sole in my c28. A real craftsman. Being a '95 he probably worked on that one.

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Very sweet lines on that Bristol 38 and high quality interior fit and finish (notice the proper "ceilings").

Unfortunately for the owner, she was newly commissioned 2 years before the Bristol yard closed it's doors - that's got to hurt the resale value.

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My Avatar might shed some light on the times That was about 1975, it might also be noted that even auto makers of the time were getting into boats, most notably Chrysler's line of sailboats.

1976 Chrysler 22 "CinJam"
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