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Old 23-08-2009, 20:17   #1
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Bristol TC440 / SeaLion 40 Sailing Experience

After help from other cruisers "Thanks Stevens 47 and Fred" I was able to identify what I hope to be my next home. I'm trying to compile more information on these vessels and any knowledge would be appreciated. Has anyone sailed or crewed on this model? Pro's Con's? Thanks and I look forward to finding out more about them.



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Old 25-08-2009, 22:54   #2
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The abstract of title came back from the USCG. I found the original owner who purchased the Bristol in 1974. Apparently the month he was to take delivery Bristol filed bankruptcy. He then paid the new yard to finish the vessel. Bristol lost track of the number of layers on the hull and for liability reasons started laying glass as if it was on day one. They had to find extra larger through hulls to fit the thickness of the hull. She was number 11. The last of the 440's. Her draft is 5 ft even and net 22 for the hull. The stay sail was added in 1975. The owner had her at over 13 knots in a Nor'Easter surfing down waves off Cape Cod but said she sails at 8 knots, cruises under power at 8.5 knots with the 26in prop and 80hp diesel. On several occasions she motored against full flow at Cape Cod Canal clearing it under power. Despite her shallow draft she points well into the wind and was entered in around 20 races winning 1st in her class each time. Original pictures to come. He also said these boats were build to live aboard cruising off shore and very forgiving. Needless to say I'm very pleased and reassured in my purchase.

I'll post more soon when I get a hold of the second owner.
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TC 44 update??

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The abstract of title came back from the USCG... I found the original owner who purchased the Bristol in 1974. Original pictures to come... I'll post more soon when I get a hold of the second owner.
Nothing new since late August on this vessel? There was one on Boat Trader and other sites recently, did you decide not to buy her?
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Thanks, I saw a Bristol TC 44 on Boat Trader and went looking for info. This old thread was just about all there is on the Web. Seems like Foreverunstopab did some great detective work and then decided to walk away. I am wondering if the one I found is the same boat he was looking and if so why he passed on her.
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Old 10-11-2013, 16:24   #7
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Re: Bristol TC440 / SeaLion 40 Sailing Experience

Did you ever buy the 440? I have one and it's the most robust sailboat I've ever owned.
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