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02-07-2017 08:43 PM
Re: Can a Bristol 32 Circumnavigate?

I've just come across this thread. I had a Bristol 32 Ketch for 15 years, sailed the California coast and San Francisco to Hawaii and back. The worst mistake I made in my life was selling her. The Bristol 32 is a fantastic offshore boat. Anyone who says anything different clearly hasn't been offshore in one. I hit the tail end of a hurricane. Sustained winds over 50 knots for 14 hours and 30-40 ft seas. She rode the swells, endured the breaking waves and kept my crew and I safe. No, the Bristol 32 isn't the fastest boat around, but I would rather be in a heavy displacement boat with a shoal draft keel rather than a faster, lighter boat. It's all about where you're sailing, and what your experience is. It's also about your reason for sailing the deep blue. If you're all about getting to the next landfall, take a 747. If it's about the journey, then the Bristol 32 is a wonderful boat on which to make the trip.
I wish you all fair winds.
03-12-2016 08:00 PM
Re: Can a Bristol 32 Circumnavigate?

Well, I've got a 1976 one. Just love her completely. I've had her in a short, tight, nine foot sea off the coast of Maine near Petit Manan during a blow. Had my family onboard, wife and young daughter. I never, not for a second, doubted that Eider would take care of all of us, as long as I cared for her. She is weatherly and seaworthy, and can stay at sea in a good solid nor'easter, if you're silly enough to get caught out. (ask me how I know) Yes, she leans over. Are we sailors or stinkpotters? I mean really. So she heels twenty degrees. Did you mean to go down to the ocean, or what?
We hope to sail to Newfoundland in a year or so, and we want to check out Labrador. We won't trade our old CCA boat in for one of those modern fin keel rigs. Ever run aground, accidentally? I have. Nothing like a (mostly) full keel to make up for a human's mistakes. But if you look at the belly of almost ANY of those fin keel jobs on the hard in winter, you'll see all kinds of wrinkles. Not on my boat. That Jeff guy doesn't talk about THAT.
That having been said; what would I trade her for? A Pacific Seacraft 34, or better yet, a 37. But that's real money. Much more than I can raise. Lacking a lottery win, I'll stick with my forty year old, solid, beautiful (does anyone enjoy looking back at their clorox bottle from their dingy? Really?) weatherly and safe B32, Eider. And come up and cruise Maine. It's nice up here. Let me know if you need a mooring.

Oh, and the previous poster is right on. When I had to replace the depth sounder, I needed to special order one with a long stem. That was the only way to get through the thick layup. My boat has enough extra glass to make a good sized daysailer. Might slow her down a tenth of a knot or so. Reread bit about wife and daughter. Thank you Bristol crew: We owe you for one damn solid boat.
06-30-2015 04:56 PM
Re: Bristol 32

Agreed Bristol 1966 I have removed seacocks, ( Wilcox-Crittendens ) the bloody hull is over an inch at that level thick! FRP no coreing mat'l , eh?
at 50 my entire yacht is in better , sound condition than most I've crewed upon , Salute to the shop guys back at the old Franklin St. shops! (Bristol . RI, USA ) !!!
06-30-2015 04:43 PM
Re: Can a Bristol 32 Circumnavigate?

Originally Posted by owlmtn View Post
Jeff, I always enjoy your unemotional, rational opinions. thanks for your continued input. Jim
Woo hoo baby !
is that perfectly phrased or WHAT !
" It appears he's DEAD Jim "

04-01-2015 10:25 AM
Re: Can a Bristol 32 Circumnavigate?

Ken and Katie's Voyages Aboard Sand Dollar

Here is the latest position of Sanddollar,the Bristol 32 which has been sailing around the world. A beautiful and well made boat.
01-13-2012 05:23 PM
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.

07-27-2011 12:32 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."


s/v Intrepid, Bristol 32e
07-27-2011 12:00 AM
miles1865 i love my b32
07-22-2009 05:59 PM
Most Illuminating!

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

05-23-2006 05:01 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.
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