Originally Posted by caradow
would strongly agree with "rigger" in the construction practices of TPI
I also owned and raced a J35 in the one design circuit here in the northeast for 4 years. decided to re-bed my deck
fittings one year and when I removed the teak
grab rails on the cabin
top there was not a bit of bedding compound to be found!
on the other hand the j's are fantastic sailing boats and it sounds like you are coming from a beach cat background so........ wallowing around on a bristol may be a bit boring compared to the sailing characteristics of a jboat. if you are going in the ocean for any extended period of time then buy the bristol.
Yep, I owned 4 different catamarans the largest being about the size of that Tornado above.
I already have the old Bristol 27. I like it. Actually, I like them all ...........sailboats.
The Bristol does get on my nerves though on the downwind. Coming down the bay in a NE wind the darn thing just goes back and forths, back and forths. But some of those waves are steep and closely spaced especially at the tunnel gaps. Throw in a couple container ships and if you aren't totally used to the motion, you get Happy Barf Day!
I'm going to look at the boat in a few before I sail the Bristol. I'll check around on the deck. I'll probably use a surveyor
on this boat just for a structural check at least. (and pull it) He wants crazy money
for it though 15K. I'm hoping he'll come off that.