Don't think Bristol did make a twin keel
boat. Twin keelers were a largely British thing. They have lots of moorages with shallow water
and sandy/mud bottoms that dry out at low tide. Twin keeler works very well for those situations as boat sits level waiting for the tide to come back in. Have never heard anyone say they were great sailors, however. More of a solution to a problem with thin water
than a performance thing. If you have a need for the ability to take the ground regularly, a twin keeler makes sense. If your sailing doesn't involve this, a conventional keel boat would probably be a better choice.
$11,000 for a 26' boat seems awfully high. There is a Tartan 27 for sale
here that has had a total rebuild
, new sails
, Diesel engine
, Awlgrip paint
, rebuilt interior
, etc. for around that price
. In short it's virtually a new boat. I'd want something similar were I to pay that much for a similar boat.