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Old 14-01-2014, 01:06   #1
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Would I be happy on a Bristol 27 dinette model?

Last summer I spent five months cruising the PNW on a ranger 23. Go now. That sort of thing. I loved it but it was too small for the weather. Things like rainy days, cold nights, and no heater meant I was cramped with wet clothes that wouldn't dry and cold.

This summer and late into fall I plan to go longer and farther(further?)

I've always been attracted to the sturdiest boat available. Because I want to move up to real offshore sailing. But mostly the cruising I did was pretty tame sailing. So I told myself to get the right boat for the job this year. Boats I would never have thought of. Hunter 31, Catalina 30.

Because I have to admit. I need a heater to warm nights and dry clothes. I need t be able to cook in a galley and not a camping stove in the cockpit wearin two down jackets and my foulies. Have standing headroom. A bathroom and be able to lounge around. I actually got a sore back from the cramped quarters and I'm not even old!

Yet. Here I find a really nice bristol 27 and I want it. Is it a big enough difference from my ranger 23? Rangers are tiny tiny. Probably like 4 feet tall inside and a sink. What is a bristol 27 like?
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Old 14-01-2014, 01:32   #2
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Re: Would I be happy on a Bristol 27 dinette model?

there's beamier 27's. I love a fold up table for making room in a boat. the fit and finish of Ericsons are choice. Buy my E27, Lopez Island. I moving up myself.
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Old 14-01-2014, 06:02   #3
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Re: Would I be happy on a Bristol 27 dinette model?

BRISTOL 27 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com

Small Cruising Sailboats: Reviewing the Classic Bristol 27
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Old 14-01-2014, 12:47   #4
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Re: Would I be happy on a Bristol 27 dinette model?

What's the condition of your Ericson like?
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Old 14-01-2014, 12:49   #5
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Re: Would I be happy on a Bristol 27 dinette model?

If you really want living room, the Catalina 30 is big inside.
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Old 14-01-2014, 13:18   #6
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Re: Would I be happy on a Bristol 27 dinette model?

On another hand, if you'd consider a 30 footer, the S & S Yankee 30 is a very good sailing boat. Jim and I took one to Hawaii and back in 1983. It sails well in most any conditions. For us, we felt she was too tender for a long term cruising boat, but you might not find it so, coming from a Ranger 23. Ours served us very well for coastal cruising on vacations, and for round the buoys racing on weekends. We have trophies (in the form of a trawler lamp and some winch handles) aboard this boat that Jim earned singlehanded racing in the S & S 30.....

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Old 14-01-2014, 14:12   #7
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Re: Would I be happy on a Bristol 27 dinette model?

My friend in seattle strongly recommends a Yankee.
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Old 14-01-2014, 15:33   #8
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Re: Would I be happy on a Bristol 27 dinette model?

That's a hard question to answer as to whether someone would be happy on a Bristol 27. It's a nice old boat but still only 8' of beam.

(but) The previous owner of my Bristol 27 went on a 2 year cruise to Florida from Massachusetts but used propane hot plates to cook on.

I bought a little 'My Buddy" propane heater for mine a month or so back that works pretty well onboard.

The Bristol 27 can handle quite a bit more weather and whatnot than that 23' Ranger.

It's blowing about 20 knots here, and I'm in protected waters but you can see the Bristol is doing a fine job sailing us in while I try to figure out how to use this camera.



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more info:

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Old 14-01-2014, 17:06   #9
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Re: Would I be happy on a Bristol 27 dinette model?

Another boat you might consider is an Alberg 35. Well, at least if you like the classic boats. 34'09" LOA, 9'8" beam, draws 5'4", displaces about 13,000#. Not a bad little boat. Ok storage space for one, two in a pinch. Good sized v-berth and they can usually be had for a song and a dance. They're not for everybody, but it will get you there and back.

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Or an Alberg 30 :-)
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Re: Would I be happy on a Bristol 27 dinette model?

How about a Bristol 29 with a centerboard ? Great for two
/ can be singlehanded we sail Lake Erie we sailed from Erie pa to Barcelona ny in 8 to 10 foot chop waves that came at us from the east and they were in waves 3 at a time.stick with a good old boat between 27 and 32 something you can handle by your self when you get caught out in the nasty.are boat has stove /ice box/ sink head room about 6ft never feel cramped in with two have gone on two week cruises.have fun looking for the right boatClick image for larger version

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Re: Would I be happy on a Bristol 27 dinette model?

In my opinion, the Carl Alberg designed Bristol 27 is a great little boat. The dinette model makes for comfortable living while cruising. If memory serves, there are two berths in the focs'l and two quarter berths. Some models had a stern well for an outboard, others had an inboard gas or diesel. The boat sails well - except for a weather helm (remedied by putting a reef in the main). The weather helm does put stress on the rudder and can eventually can wear and break the rudder stock/rudder post drift pins (happened to me once).
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Old 28-01-2014, 06:49   #13
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Re: Would I be happy on a Bristol 27 dinette model?

Funnily enough when I got to see the boat it turned out to be a Bristol 26. The title just says Bristol. I'm not sure why it was listed as a 27. I did buy it and the last owner just redid the rudder and tiller. It's a good boat. Well loved.

Does anyone know what kind of limitations a boat like this has? Very little info online. I'm trying to decide where to go once I get it in the water come May. I have some vague idea of what I can do. What about the boat?

It is the outboard in lazarette kind.
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Re: Would I be happy on a Bristol 27 dinette model?

only limitation most boats have is the sailor sailing it.
as for being happy...that is for you to decide.
what makes you happy cannot be determined by others....
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Funnily enough when I got to see the boat it turned out to be a Bristol 26. The title just says Bristol. I'm not sure why it was listed as a 27. I did buy it...
Congrats on your new boat!

I'm sure you'll have some great adventures!
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