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01-13-2012 06:23 PM
rkgleason
Bristol 32

Having owned a Bristol since 1991 I believe I know them. The construction is better than a Cal, in fact Pearson may have made the hull too heavy. With good maintenance these boats can last a lifetime. The boat loves to reach, but upwind in certain kinds of short chop light-med wind requires bearing off 5 degrees to stop hobby horsing (she does have a very short footprint), otherwise she sails fine. Below she has more storage than most boats of her size. Real drawers, more storage under the drawers, lockers port and starboard, shelves and cabinets. Unlike some boats, there are catches for sea duty. Our cabin is actually quite nice for a production boat, with mahogany bulkheads and white cabin liner, lots of light and ventilation, plenty of headroom and good visibility. Actually I don't really understand why there is such negative comment about Bristol 32's. They are a classic CCA hull designed by none other than Ted Hood. They move easily through the water, are quite dry and they get you there.

Rick
07-27-2011 01:32 AM
intrepidseas Interesting thread! I love my B32, too and have done some pretty serious sailing with her already. Planning to go even further now and maybe even try to circumnavigate. Not worried if she's the right boat, I'm only worried that I'll have too much fun cruising the Pacific and won't want to continue into the Indian Ocean!

It's like what some government official once said: "you go to war with the army you have, not the army you wish you had."

-Greg

s/v Intrepid, Bristol 32e
www.Intrepid-seas.com
07-27-2011 01:00 AM
miles1865 i love my b32
07-22-2009 06:59 PM
JaimesBeam
Most Illuminating!

Dang that was the most illuminating thread I've read in a long time.

Jim.
05-23-2006 06:01 AM
leehaefele I owned a Bristol 32 and cruised 1 year NY-FL-Bahamas-FL-NY. A solidly built boat, very slow, lacked space and modern comforts. Tended to leak under toerail into lockers. This model had upper storage lockers with doors, some models had shelves. With the doors, storage was very good. The small stern did not allow a quarter berth, normally used as storage. Sail lockers would just fit Dahon folding bikes. Some things I would require on ocean xings: EPIRB, SSB tranceiver for weather reports and filing float plans, Life Raft.
Suggest that you look at a variety of boats, speed is actually a safety issue, including speed under power to make port & outrun weather.
05-23-2006 12:51 AM
seabreeze_97 Hot air? Now, don't be so hard on yourself.
05-12-2006 11:10 PM
paulk So.... any word from Dan, who has now had ample time, since starting this thread in OCT 2002, to complete his circumnavigation even if he did pick a slow pig to do it in? There may even have been enough hot air from some quarters on this thread for him to have gone around twice by now. Dan? ...Dan?... That's not you tied up on that OI40 in Tampa, is it? Cheers!
05-12-2006 08:34 AM
sailingdog BTW, I believe Elena means Steve and Linda Dashew, as the authors of the books mentioned. Another excellent book is the Adlard Coles' Heavy Weather Sailing, which has been a standard reference for many years.
05-12-2006 06:42 AM
Ele5
Can my Boat Circumnavigate?

Hi Dan,
Can a Bristol 32... ?? shure you can! You also could take a rowingboat to cross the Atlantic and survive or navigate the Titanic and drown. The question is rather "How much risc are you accepting with that specific Boat for the desired purpose.?"
The fact is that non of this plastic vessels are truly suitable for circumnavigation-despite of whatever their manufacturer will tell you! As long as you are aware of this facts and your decisions concernes just yourself, you may do whatever you whant to do. But having your fiencée with you burdens you on a tremendous responcability.
Both of you must be in full knowledge of the possible riscs and be willing to prepare yourself for that challenge. Don't count on all that gigs and toys offered in the pleasure sailmags. It's allways perfectly gilt-edged but mostly merchand business and not worth a Penny. While daycruising and building up your skills read all about "Practical Seamanship, Mariner's Weather Handbook, Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia, Surviving the Storm (all by Editor & Autors Dave & Linda Dashew). Ifthen you still whant to start with that same boat- well - setsail!

good luck
elena
05-12-2006 12:55 AM
seabreeze_97 Yeah, there are better choices, depending on what your criteria are. Probably best to not take what has been called "a bear" in rough weather. Best to just let the retirees (http://www.kestrelboat.com/index.html) deal with the difficult ones, and let the youngsters have the easy boats. They really don't make 'em like they used to.
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