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12-13-2015 02:34 PM
Re: Bristol 24 Corsair

Originally Posted by Lazerbrains View Post
I have the shallow bilge, and it has lead in it. My understanding is that it is the earlier Sailstars that had the concrete.
Very good to know! Just from curiosity, how did you determine that you had lead? (Who knows, I may look at one again).
12-13-2015 02:30 PM
Re: Bristol 24 Corsair

I have the shallow bilge, and it has lead in it. My understanding is that it is the earlier Sailstars that had the concrete.
12-13-2015 01:53 PM
Re: Bristol 24 Corsair

Originally Posted by okawbow View Post
...My 1976 Bristol 24 has a solid chunk of lead in the keel, encapsualated in resin. I've actually seen the lead while repairing a void in the keel. My boat came with a diesel, and has a 12" deep bilge, compared to the 2" or so bilges on the concrete versions...
Don't miss the quoted tip (which I bolded) about the depth of the bilge! Nothing is perfect, but it would seem to be a good indicator. You should be able to lift a floorboard and see the bilge depth. How about trying a strong magnet to see if the iron is at least in there? I've never used one, but wouldn't a metal detector show the lead?

I was very interested in buying one at one time. The headroom in such a small handsome boat, as well as the ballast ratio and shoal draft is very appealing. I'm not sure the shoal draft wasn't a bit too short for my tastes, but I never got to sail one.

The night before I went to look at "mine", which was on the hard, there was a big storm of wind and rain, don't remember exactly if hurricane residue or just a Nor'easter. I prefer looking at boats after heavy rain to see where the deck leaks are.

But in my unlucky case, the storm downed white pine crushed right through the bow. Easy to see the leak with daylight and tree inside the boat which was flooded!
12-13-2015 12:55 PM
Re: Bristol 24 Corsair

I own an early Bristol Corsair (1969). Just want to clarify some of the misinformation at least as it relates to my boat.

Mine has plenty of weatherdeck between the cockpit and companionway - almost as high as the seats - it would be very difficult to flood the cabin if the cockpit got pooped.

Mine has mahogany faced plywood bulkheads and high-quality woodwork inside - I have never seen one with formica bulkheads as a member of the Bristol yahoo group.

The ballast is encapsulated in the keel - no chance of rusted out keelbolts which would worry me much more than what was used for ballast.

It is not the fastest, but will easily best a Catalina 25 or a Coronado 25 (I have many times). I have a 135% headsail, which moves it just fine in light air, and a 4hp Tohatsu pushes it out at hull speed.
When the weather get rough is when it shines - it is heavy displacement for a 24 at 6000lbs, has a 50% ballast ratio, and holds her sails well with a seakindly motion and excellent tracking. Motion comfort ratio is better than most 30ft production boats at 28.39. It never "oilcans" as the hull is built up extremely thick and heavy.

She is tender to around 15-20 degrees where she locks in - that combined with her outrail rigging means she doesn't point as high. The deck to hull is sandwiched - mine is quite watertight fortunately, but I could see where this could be an issue to check when inspecting one. Backing out of a slip is typical of a full-keel boat. Mine does have the outboard in the well, however, which I use as a poor-man's bowthruster which helps substantially.

It is quite similar in design to a Pearson Ariel or Triton, many of which have done serious crossings. With it's heavier ballast ratio, I would think it would do just fine offshore as far as being a capable boat. The limiting factor, IMO, would be the lack of storage for water and provisions.

That being said, one of the nicest things about these B24's are the interior room for such a small boat - 6' headroom inside, and all berths including v-berth are longer than 6'. Although not beamy, it is roomy for a 24 and has the appearance of a larger boat from the outside as well - lots of room on the foredeck, and sidedecks. Most people assume it is a 27-28ft boat when looking at it, and are suprised when I tell them it is a 24.
03-29-2011 08:40 PM
Mysterious lead pigs in 1967 b24 (sailstar 24)


I just picked up a 1967 bristol 24. It appears to be a transitional sailstar 24. The papers say Bristol 24, the electrical panel says Sailstar, the sails have a sailstar insignia.
I was cleaning the boat out and found many lead pigs (2-4 lbs) stowed in various locations around the boat. These are not secured in any way, just stowed under the sole and in the chain locker. obviously someone thought t hat she was a touch tender. My concern is that I have an inadequately ballasted keel. what is the best way to check to see if the keel is lead?

BTW-this is a sweat boat. lots of room below. I do not expect taht she will set any speed records but it looks like she will always get you home.

I am hoping that my 6HP longshaft Yachtwin will be sufficient to push her around.

09-26-2010 08:53 PM
sailstar24 I actually own two Sailstar 24's. The one of which is being restored I have not sailed yet but I know it has a lead keel. The other is a slightly newer one (about a year younger) and I just as of a few days ago discovered it has a lead keel as well. As everyone has already mentioned not every boat is perfect, however the problems associated with this boat are all easily fixed. The main problem would have to be with the chain plates I would move them to the outside just to avoid any headaches down the road. The other problem I would say is the hull to deck connection, instead of it being screwed together and bedded down with sealant, personally I would fiberglass the two together and be done with it. However I am pretty biased being that I am fitting my sailstar out for long passages. Which brings me to the performance of this boat, its not fast but it is stable, seakindly, and safe. I personally have never sailed such a smooth, stable, stiff boat and I am confident to say a boat with the specs of this boat given good condition and the proper offshore cruising gear and most importantly....good seamanship and judgment, this is a boat that truly can take you anywhere you want to go.
07-16-2010 03:29 PM
okawbow My 1976 Bristol 24 has a solid chunk of lead in th keel, encapsualated in resin. I've actually seen the lead while repairing a void in the keel. My boat came with a diesel, and has a 12" deep bilge, compared to the 2" or so bilges on the concrete versions. My bulkhead is good marine, mahogany ply, and well tabbed in.

Overall, my B24 is well built and a solid performer for the size. I've had her offshore in 3'-6' seas and 15-20kt winds, and felt safe and relatively comfortable. i've averaged over 5knots on a 32 hour passage.

The Bristol 24 with the diesel and lead ballast makes a great little pocket cruiser.
05-05-2010 06:56 AM
tomwatt Boats representing a series of compromises anyway, it's always a toss-up how the designers manage those compromises. In the B24, the upswept prow creates a fair amount of overhead in the forward berth, making that area more usable than the B27. I would imagine that would also contibute to a tendency to pound the bow if headed into heavy seas.
05-04-2010 10:39 PM
billsull Everything that Tom, Jeff and Dan said about the B24 is true, but once their flaws are addressed, they are a lot of boat squeezed into 24 feet. I'm looking forward to sailing mine this summer.

I think that any boat worth owning has to pass the very subjective "look back" test. She must instill in you the irresistible desire to stop and look back at her one more time before you leave her at the mooring or dock. The Bristol 24 has always passed that test for me.
05-04-2010 08:23 PM
danjarch Had one, it was a good boat but I wouldn't buy another one. A little to heavy for day sailing or coastal cruising in my opinion. But I won't want to be to far from land on it either.

The other short coming was that it was a bit too heavy for towing. At 25' it would have been nice to buy a trailer to skip the haul out, yard and storage fees for what really is a small boat.
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