I'm hoping for some input from the knowledgeable folks here. I have been sailing off a trailer
with a Montgomery 15 for a while, but would like to start building experience with a larger boat
. My main interest is in cruising/gunkholing with a bit more comfort than the M15 can provide. Initially in protected waters (SF Bay and Delta), but working towards some coastal cruising in the long run. I am looking at a couple of options, a 1967 Islander
Bahama 24 and 1967 Bristol 24.
I have looked over the Islander
pretty carefully in person. The deck hardware
and running rigging
is spartan, minimalist and simple, but the basics are there. I think the winches and other hardware
are original, but everything works (winches click through each pawl cleanly, etc), boom had a little surface corrosion
looked fine from what I could tell. The deck is solid and the boat
in general feels like a tank. I couldn't find any evidence of water
intrusion (after a week of heavy rain). There is slight bowing of the mast
step visible in the cabin
, the pulpit is slightly bent, through hulls have been upgraded or capped but not glassed over. Overall I got the impression that the boat had been carefully kept and looked after (it was with the original owner until 2015) but is old. It comes with 3 mains and 3 jibs, and while none of the sails
are new, all have a little crispness left in them. I haven't been able to inspect the bottom, but it hasn't been out of the water
in several years and is almost certainly due for painting. The current
it down religiously and has a diver clear it yearly.
I haven't been able to take a look at the Bristol in person, but apparently it has a shallow bilge
(so probably concrete + lead or iron ballast) and lead pigs under the sole. I have read some concerning things about the ballast and bulk head
for some model years, and 1967 seems to be the cross over point between Sailstar and Bristol so is particularly uncertain. Apparently the Bristol has undergone quite a few upgrades/repairs including new stays, boom, and running rigging
, as well as some work
to lead everything back to the cockpit
and take care of soggy regions of deck caused by leaking stanchions. It also needs the bottom painted, but is reported to be in good condition and cleaned regularly.
Based on SailboatData, I believe that the Islander would be faster, and reasonably capable (like a smaller Albin Vega) while the Bristol 24 is essentially a less expensive Flicka 20.
Any thoughts/rants/insight/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Assuming roughly the same price
, does anyone have strong opinions about which would be a better boat?