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07-27-2009 05:52 PM
johnshasteen
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Originally Posted by tjr818 View Post
I have always loved the Bristols, but I have never seen the 29. Now i have a chance to buy one. Do you hold this same opinion for the 29?
If you want to see all of the Bristols, with photos, specs, etc., go to the Bristol Owner's site: Bristol Owners' Association Home Page and click on "about the boats", there is also a list of owners by model with their email addresses, etc.
07-26-2009 11:55 PM
johnshasteen
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Originally Posted by Jeff_H View Post
To begin with, I had not seen the 28 in photos before (frankly this looks like a 26 in the photos) but this was part of a series of comparatively rare but cool little boats. They were part of that second generation of Bristols that were designed by Halsey Herreshoff as replacement for the first generation Alberg, Alden, Hood boats. The series which included a 22/23, a 26, a 30 (not to be mistaken for the later 29.9 which I really don't especially like), the 33/34 and this boat.
Good luck, Jeff
Jeff, I've noticed over several posts that for whatever the reason(s), you "really don't especially like" the Bristol 29.9. I know you are, of course, the guru of all things sailing, but Paloma has served her crew well through more big storms and other generally unpleasant conditions offshore that 98% of the sailors on this net have ever been, or will be, through. (maybe even than you???). There have been times that I've worried about me and the crew worried about the crew, but we never worried about the boat. So. knowing what I know from hands-on experience with the B29.9 over many years, many storms and many adventures - I would be interested in knowing what you don't like about her??? And does your same opinion extend to the Bristol 27.7, 31.1 and/or 33.3???
07-25-2009 07:54 PM
tjr818
Bristol 29 ?

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Originally Posted by Jeff_H View Post
To begin with, I had not seen the 28 in photos before (frankly this looks like a 26 in the photos) but this was part of a series of comparatively rare but cool little boats. They were part of that second generation of Bristols that were designed by Halsey Herreshoff as replacement for the first generation Alberg, Alden, Hood boats. The series which included a 22/23, a 26, a 30 (not to be mistaken for the later 29.9 which I really don't especially like), the 33/34 and this boat.

From a design standpoint these were some of the best all around boats that Bristol ever built. The couple that I have sailed on sailed very well, offering good performance and motion comfort for their size and age.


Good luck,

Jeff
I have always loved the Bristols, but I have never seen the 29. Now i have a chance to buy one. Do you hold this same opinion for the 29?
07-24-2009 01:16 PM
langianeseli So I had her surveyed by Mr. Manning (who I was very happy with), and she has some blisters (2') and some wet spots on her deck. I rejected the boat - but would this be a good boat to take on as a project boat?

This is a neat, unique boat - if it is a good project boat how much should I pay? (This might be a good question for Gary, but I welcome responses from everyone of course)

Seth
07-10-2009 11:13 AM
langianeseli I made an offer on the boat right where Jeff said I should come in. This is a nice boat - but with the overwhelming inventory on the Market there is no reason for me to rush in (even though I want to).
07-09-2009 10:41 PM
Snipe63 The Bristol 28 I purchased did not have a HIN. I did learn that this boat was hull number 10. The year of this boat was 1972 vice 74 as I had previously stated. So there is some misinformation somewhere as the hull numbers do not correlate.

The Farymann diesel is a well built sturdy little engine. I am concerned however that the watersides may be somewhat corroded. Since this is also the original engine, although still running, it is past its intended lifespan. I plan on removing and rebuilding the engine and installing it on a little work boat that I use in the bay. Parts are still available on line - I also believe there may be a new complete engine available on e-bay for about 3.5K.

My advice, if you are really interested in the boat, would be to offer 5K depending on the outcome of a survey. I bought, and still own, a Kettenburg 41 for 25K when it was listed for 45K and it had a brand new Yanmar diesel installed.

Good luck on you boat search,

Gary
07-09-2009 11:02 AM
langianeseli
Grazi

I very much so appreciate the info I am getting! Did the 28 you bought on Ebay have a hull number? According to the Bristol Owners Association there were only like 8 of these hulls made - however; I met the owner last night and he said that there were 30 (his was hull #9..so obviously more than 8). I like this boat very much; but with it being a buyers market and with the price set where it is I might walk away . Other boats I have looked at have been 10 years newer, in better shape with the same price.

This Bristol has a "raw water" cooled Farymann Diesel too, are you replacing it because you see it as a liability? (I am about to do a forum search to see if I can find any more info on this inboard)








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Originally Posted by Snipe63 View Post
I recently (May) bought a 1974 Bristol 28 on e-bay for 3K. That price I believe is well below its value. I bought the boat sight unseen and have probably taken some risk - for the price I think it will be worth it. My intention was to find a project boat to refit. As only a few of the boats were ever built there isn't much information available out there. The boat I purchased has a Farymann Diesel which I will probably replace since it is raw water cooled. I also want a reliable engine for transiting the Cape Cod Canal and through channels to Woods Hole and the Islands.

As part of my research on the boat I did look at the advertisement for the boat available in Annapolis. 'Ellen R' appears to be in good shape and well maintained. At this price a survey is essential. I believe the price is high, especially in this economy - you may want to get a feel from the owner if he is willing to come down before spending the cash for a survey.

I also recently bought a Cape Dory 25 for 2K that I will be sailing as-is until the Bristol 28 has been refitted. I may be sick but half of the joy I get from sailing is restoring and working on the boats I own. There are plenty of boats out there in all sorts of condition - take the time to look.

The Bristol I bought was 'Documented' and also does not have a VIN - I plan on keeping her documented - something you may want to look at if you do any extended cruising.

Best regards,

Gary
07-09-2009 03:14 AM
Snipe63 I recently (May) bought a 1974 Bristol 28 on e-bay for 3K. That price I believe is well below its value. I bought the boat sight unseen and have probably taken some risk - for the price I think it will be worth it. My intention was to find a project boat to refit. As only a few of the boats were ever built there isn't much information available out there. The boat I purchased has a Farymann Diesel which I will probably replace since it is raw water cooled. I also want a reliable engine for transiting the Cape Cod Canal and through channels to Woods Hole and the Islands.

As part of my research on the boat I did look at the advertisement for the boat available in Annapolis. 'Ellen R' appears to be in good shape and well maintained. At this price a survey is essential. I believe the price is high, especially in this economy - you may want to get a feel from the owner if he is willing to come down before spending the cash for a survey.

I also recently bought a Cape Dory 25 for 2K that I will be sailing as-is until the Bristol 28 has been refitted. I may be sick but half of the joy I get from sailing is restoring and working on the boats I own. There are plenty of boats out there in all sorts of condition - take the time to look.

The Bristol I bought was 'Documented' and also does not have a VIN - I plan on keeping her documented - something you may want to look at if you do any extended cruising.

Best regards,

Gary
07-08-2009 11:05 AM
Jeff_H These days it is hard to say whether there are better prices in Fla than on the Chesapeake. Historically the Chesapeake and Florida had very similar prices but the boats in Florida were a lot more beat up due to their tropical exposure and year round usage. One thing about the Chesapeake is that there generally seems to be more boats for sale and a wider variety of boats on the market.

I doubt the price difference on a small boat would make enough of a difference to make it worth while to buy a boat in Maryland and sail or trailer it to Florida.

I was not the person who mentioned the C&C 27 for $5K but he did mention CRAB and Spinsheet. Crab is a organization who provides access to sailing for people with physical limitations. They get a lot of boats donated and resell them moderately cheaply. The couple boats of theirs that I have looked at with people were nicely cleaned up but were not in especially good condition as you would expect out of a donated boat. Spinsheet is the local sailing magazine which features a bunch of classifieds. SpinSheet - Boats for Sale

Good Luck,
Jeff
07-08-2009 10:54 AM
RhosynMor CRAB in Annapolis has the c&C, not too sure of the website, but its the chesapeake regional acessible boating organization.
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