Originally Posted by mischief
I understand that the CD 33 are much roomier then a Bristol 32 but I have no first hand knowledge. How else do these compare? which is more bang for buck which is more fun to sail?
I have a CD30 and looked at the 33. I know the bristols, I have worked on them and sailed them. I think the CD is better in sailing performance and build quality. I am not putting the bristol down ( I love em!) just saying that the CD are better.
If I had to face a bad storm offshore
, I would pick the CD to ride it out in. Low freeboard, so less windage. Points like a demon, so I can sail away from danger
. Full keel
, so nice motion comfort. Strong hull
and deck-to-hull joint connection and bow construction. IMHO a safe boat. The storage
room on a CD is very lacking. The internal liner that CDs incorporate really hamper storage
capacity, but many CD owners have remedied this by creating storage compartments in the dead space areas through out the boat. Check out Cape Dory owners webite
it is a great place to see ideas specific to CD (very friendly people too). The biggest drawback to a CD is that internal liner, it really limits access to the hull
. If you have a collision
and become holed, the ability to get to the area from the inside can be very difficult. Cape Dorys are not roomy compared to the modern boat designs so they are not for everyone. A Cd30 is perfect for a singlehander and the 33 seems to be great for a couple. Here is a website that compares production boats stats
like motion comfort and capsize
Hope this helps,