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06-18-2015 03:54 PM
Re: Bristol 32

I've been sailing my 1967 Bristol 32 over 20 years on Long Island Sound. She is a joy to sail in winds over 8 knots, solid/comfortable platform for day sailing and overnights. She enjoys strutting her stuff when extending her waterline with rail buried. Although I don't race her, she could do OK in PHRF (228) racing in both very early and late season racing when winds are consistently stronger. I've looked newer boats with the wider beam is carried back to the stern, but have decided, the long overhangs are not worth giving up despite many of the shortcomings others have mentioned.
06-16-2015 08:55 PM
Re: Bristol 32

I don't suggest doing that as you will most certainly die from oxygen starvation.
06-16-2015 06:20 PM
Re: Bristol 32

Thanks for the education. I breathlessly await any further pearls you might wish to bestow.
06-16-2015 02:32 PM
Re: Bristol 32

Newbie-itis....dragging up a thread that is years this case, 11 years old.
06-16-2015 09:04 AM
Re: Bristol 32

I agree with the previous post. We have spent many summers using our B32 cruising the coast of Maine in all kinds of weather, and I find her a safe, comfortable and beautiful boat for me and my family. Now, would I trade her for a Pacific Seacraft 34? in a heartbeat. But the B32 is extremely solid, with an overspec'ed rig and thick laminations throughout. She is bomber, and offers a soft ride through reasonable chop, with none of the pounding so prevalent among her contemporaries. Although not fast, she can reach with many boats half her age.

some like to come across as having all the answers, and often present opinions as facts to further their aim.
08-06-2011 05:37 PM
Bristol 32

If Mr. Jeff_H, acted more like a "Super Moderator", rather than a flame producer, I would have more respect. As it is now I doubt that he has the objectivity required to be in that position, because he is so opinionated.

I have owned, sailed and cared for a Bristol 32 for 30 years now and believe I know the boat better than he. Yes, the tendencies he speaks about are there, hobbyhorse, yes, in a two foot chop, as many cca boats do. You must head off 5 degrees. Yes she has a wide sheeting angle, with her slippery hull form we get to hull speed quickly. She tracks like the devil, and with jib and main tuned will sail herself. Our boat absolutely loves the wind range of 12-15 with our 95% jib and 9-10 with our 140%. She is in her element in heavy air because of a bow pulpit fitted during construction. Yes this is not a dinghy so tacking and acceleration cannot be expected to be the the same!

I grew up with lasers, 505's and many centerboarders and still enjoy sailing/racing them and WH-15's, a herreshoff design, and sometimes J-24's. Boats are like people, they come in many varieties, and I can assure you that Ted Hood did not design this boat to be (nor is it) the boat Jeff-H describes.
02-02-2004 02:09 AM
Bristol 32

Thanks to you all who provided me with some valuable insight into the Bristol 32 ( also the Contessa 32 posting )sailboats. Your responses were most appreciated ! Aspy...
01-31-2004 01:46 AM
Bristol 32


I find it quite interesting to watch the Bristol 32 surface over and over as a boat about which shoppers inquire, here and at other BBs. It can''t be the ''numbers'' generated by the design. And it surely isn''t the accommodation for length. And never seems to be due to asking price, unless the boat is a derelict. The only conclusion I can reach is that it is quite simply one of the handsomest boats sold in larger numbers in that size during that era.

I''ve known a series of boats in the course of being at many marinas for extended periods which the owners essentially treat like car hobbyists do their favorite rebuilt custom or antique car. The boat is extraoridarily handsome, with many fittings, ports, metal work and canvas redone or improved on. They draw a loyal following at the docks from other slipholders, much like a special GA plane does when its hangar door is left open. Of course, the boats never really go anywhere, even for a daysail of any length. Perhaps unlike my plane analogy but in line with these other Dock Queens, these B32''s seem to be quite unsuitable for satisfying use away from the dock.

All of this to say that perhaps you want to have a smaller boat but with very ''classic'' lines that strikes a handsome appearance out on a mooring. (We don''t know what you really aspire to do with the boat, which is one reason these types of threads can be so unhelpful). But as a functional boat, it seems very limited in many departments.

01-30-2004 11:46 AM
Bristol 32

I am sorry, that message came out sounding much ''snippier'' than I had actually meant it to be. My main point is that the Bristol 32 and to a lesser extent the Bristol 40, both of which were designed in the mid 1960''s, were not as well rounded designs as the later Bristol designs and by far are less suitable for the kind of adventure that the original poster was asking about.

My second point has to do with the current tendency to label any boat with an attached rudder as a ''full keel'' when many meet the traditional definition of a ''fin keel'' with an attached rudder. There would be little harm in mislabeling these keels except that there are big differences in how these keels behave as compared to true full length keels or even long keels. As a result this has become a bit of a hot button for me since I fear that inexperienced sailors are likely to be mislead in their expectations by the misapplication of the term.

Again I apologize for the tone of the prior post.


01-30-2004 08:50 AM
Bristol 32

Clearly you are not familiar with the Bristol 32. They are a very different boat than the 35''s and the 34''s. The Bristol 29 and 34''s were Sidney D Herreshoff designs. The 32 is a Ted Hood design. The B 34 like your Alden designed Bristols offer a pretty nice motion. I assure you that the 32''s hobbyhorse miserably in any kind of a chop. The 32''s are at best so-so boats for their age to windward (we had an easy time beating them to windward with our old Pearson Vanguard which was also no great shakes to windward). By any traditional definition of a fin keel (any keel whose bottom is 50% or less of the length on deck), these are clearly a fin keel with attached rudder. To begin with the waterline length is only 2/3''s of the length on deck. Below the water there is a sharply cut away forefoot and a sharply raked rudder. I would guess that the bottom of the keel is something less than 40% of the length on deck which would make it a fin with attached rudder. (There was a keel/enterboard version of the Bristol 32.)

In any event, how every you choose to describe this keel, sailing the boat, it comes with all of the liabilities of both a fin and a full length keel, with none the inherrent virtues of either.

I do agree with VIEXILE''s advice that it would be a mistake to wait for the perfect boat, but by the same token I would suggest that it makes little sense to buy an over priced poorly suited boat just to get going a little bit sooner.


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