Bristol 32. Built nearby, and common on th eastern seaboard. Built like tanks
, and usually rigged so that all lines lead to the cockpit
, so that they are easy to singlehand. Production interiors, tough, tough hulls, and plywood
cored decks. Most have been repowered away from the atomic 4 original plant. They are inexpensive, and easily the best looking classic
plastic in their size range. Okay, I'm biased, but c'mon, you know it's true!
is a massive extrusion with redundant rigging
that you will never have to worry about. She loves light air, and goes to wind
well, considering the age of these boats.
CONS. Older systems. What can I say? The definition of a sailboat is something that is broken. The interior
is smaller than modern boats. As an older CCA design, she likes to heel a bit to stretch out her waterline. It's not bad, but there it is. The trade-off is that she won't pound in a seaway. Check the deck
in way of fittings. Water
in the core
can be a major pain. Many old boats have trouble with their cores, and that can be the death of them. The hull
is solid glass, and I mean solid. There has got to be enough extra glass to make a decent daysailor.
talks, and good ones can be had these days for $20,000, or even less. But you can't have mine.