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Topic Review (Newest First)
08-12-2014 10:14 PM
Barquito
Re: Bristol 41.1

Agree. Nice boat. Ted Hood designed some nice boats.

The Bristol 41.1 Sailboat : Bluewaterboats.org
08-04-2014 11:49 AM
snaporaz66
Re: Bristol 41.1

beautiful boats
01-31-2014 06:55 PM
windnrock
Re: Bristol 41.1

Hi,
Old thread I see but thought I would chime in. Better late than never! I own a 1981 41.1 cutter, aft cockpit. Rebuilt her from bottom to top as she had been rode hard and put up wet. We replaced almost everything but I do love this boat. She is tough, forgiving and pretty!
01-20-2012 06:22 PM
JR828 Hi Dave. The plumbing in my boat was copper tubing. I had some bad repairs that were unacceptable to me so i ripped it all out and started over adding and subtracting to my taste. I do not like the setup for the forward head and thus removed and patched where the old faucet was and put in new sinks and corian counters with new hardware that is more functional. I also added a fresh water washdown in the anchor locker and added a shower at the stern.
01-20-2012 06:16 PM
MarkSF
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Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post
She is a recently reposwer boat with a 56 HP Yanmar. I actually like the setup of the 41.1 better than the 45. Thanks for the info on the decks, and fuel tanks. I had heard they were expensive to redo because of their location. She is in good condition and appears to be a well put together boat. What issues with pumbing have you found.

Dave

Dave
It does appear that the Bristols can have the same issues with water penetration into the cored decks as other brands.

I found some history of soft deck around the chainplates on my 31.1 and have just re-sealed them, after finding rainwater leaking in.

So I'd keep an eye out for leaks and consider starting a rolling re-sealing of all deck fittings, which is what I plan to do this summer. Certainly if you find any leaks below, stamp on it straight away before the core suffers.
01-20-2012 06:01 PM
chef2sail She is a recently reposwer boat with a 56 HP Yanmar. I actually like the setup of the 41.1 better than the 45. Thanks for the info on the decks, and fuel tanks. I had heard they were expensive to redo because of their location. She is in good condition and appears to be a well put together boat. What issues with pumbing have you found.

Dave

Dave
01-20-2012 05:18 PM
MarkSF
Quote:
Originally Posted by JR828 View Post
Thank You very much. It really is a great boat and am currently updating it. Finally got back into the water this weekend. I am constantly impressed with the way Bristols are built. I am doing much of the renovation myself and am getting a firsthand glance at the quality.
Yes the quality of construction is good on all Bristols but it seems to be particularly excellent on the decimal series boats.

Just had the bottom stripped (due to lack of adhesion of the old paint) and painted on mine, not one single solitary blister on the whole bottom.

Then you hear about 5 year old Beneteaus with blisters and cracking gelcoat.
01-20-2012 04:38 PM
JR828 The great thing about the 41.1 is that the fuel tanks are under the aft berth which is cheaper and easier to replace. I love the 45 and seriously looked into buying one but leaky fuel tanks in the keel and the extreme cost to replace them killed the deal.
01-20-2012 04:32 PM
JR828 Hi Dave . Yes I do occasionally review old posts. First of all, I love the boat and am constantly in awe of the quality of construction. Having owned the boat for two years now, I would agree that the water and fuel tanks should be closely examined. Look at the pennant at the centerboard, and wear of the gelcoat in the decks. I also had issues with welds failing at the bow and stern rails causing me to ave to remove and rewelded and then reattach. The plumbing system is antiquated too and probably needs to be removed and updated. Has the boat you're looking at been repowered?
01-19-2012 12:25 PM
killarney_sailor We have a Bristol 45.5 which is very similar. Have a particular look at the tankage. The quality of the materials is exceptional - our water tanks are Monel, but there are issues with the welding and attachment of hose fittings. On the 45.5, there were two very large fuel tanks that generally have had to be replaced and replacement is a very costly undertaking since you need to take apart a lot of the interior to get the old tanks out. Other than that, I am not aware of issues particular to these boats so it is more a general question of the quality/upkeep of a particular boat. Also look at where the anchor windlass is located. Our windlass was way forward, in front of the ondeck locker. This meant that the chain fell onto the slope of the overhang and it was not steep enough to fall backward into the chain locker so it castled and jammed. Someone had to be in the v-berth to pull the chain backward with a boat hook as it came in. That was a major PITA. We bought a new windlass and positioned it just after of the decklocker so the chain has about 4' to drop. Also, gets the weigtht back which is a good thing.
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