Originally Posted by seacap
I didn't buy my BCC because of the mystique or the Pardeys. I bought it because it was as well built as you can get and an excellent sea boat. The most comfortable and dry boat I have ever sailed on. I have no idea what BCC's you have known, but your description is totally off base.
After working as professional skipper
for 15 years I had a lot of experience on all kinds of vessels up to 85'. After owning a Lyle Hess design for 22 years (16 on an engineless 22 Falmouth, and now 6 on BCC ) there are few other vessels I would consider for myself.
Would I buy one again, you bet. Are the over priced, not really.
You must compare apples to apples.
People seem to focus on the 28' number. This is the most erroneous number to judge the size of a vessel.
Compare the BCC to a Crealock
Length waterline 26.25/26.25
Sail area 673/533
Oh, and the long bowsprit
. You just need to knock out one wood fid and the whole thing slides inboard. So you only have to pay for 30'.
Keep in mind the displacement
number. Probably one of the more important numbers in judging the size of a vessel. Note that the USCG issues licenses based on tonnage, not on length. Also custom boat builders usually base a bid for a custom build on the displacement. A price
per pound as it were.
Now go price a Crealock
Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34 boats for sale - www.yachtworld.com
I also would bet big money
that I would beat a Crealock 34 into port by 2-4 days on a passage
from San Diego
. And that could mean we beat a storm in, or get the last of the ice cream supply.
I have ridden out 3 hurricanes on my Falmouth, the small sister to the BCC. I was so confident in the construction that I went to bed
just after the eye of a cat 3 past by. I was also in a very good hole.
So I would say, without reservation that the BCC is good value. Make no mistake, she is a serious sea boat, not a floating condo.
I'm I trying to sell my boat? Not in the least. If I can I will pass it on to my heirs.
Oh by the way, the price was CAN not USD, so take off 10,000
I'm new to this forum, so if this post is off protocol, please kindly let me know.
You posted this answer a while back, but I found the thread while doing a google
search "are Bristol Channel Cutters wet sailing boats".
We're seriously looking at buying
a BCC, and having never sailed on one thought I'd try to glean some insight through others that have sailed BCC's.
I was very glad to read your answer that they are dry sailing boats, I thought I had read that fact years ago, particularly after reading another's answer that they were "wet" sailing boats.
I hope you're still receiving updates to this thread. I was wondering if you could elaborate a little more about the element you referred to on retracting the bowsprit
We're located in Southern California
space is priced per ft at about the same rate as gold is per ounce so retracting the bowsprit on the BCC would be very helpful.
Any additional input (positive and negative connotations welcomed) on ownership
would be greatly appreciated.