Hull #160

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The Bristol has been an absolute joy to own and sail which she does very well. She is typically very stable in almost all conditions but does suffer a little weather helm when it’s really blowing, (I wouldn’t have it any other way). She will heel fairly easily but once she gets to about 15 degrees is steadfast and comes back fairly quickly if pushed beyond that. I’ve yet been able to bury her rail and am not shy about testing her speed against other boats.

I have a competitive nature and have raced/crewed for more than a few years and she’ll hold her own or do better than just about any similar boat.  We’ve given a few larger cruisers a good run as well. By the way, the bimini cockpit cover is without a doubt the best addition/modification we’ve done to the boat thus far, including the porti-potti.

The Boat is very well constructed. I don’t know about the construction of newer Bristol’s, whether they are hand laid or not, but can tell you that our sailboat has been put to the test out here on the bay which can be very rough if wind and tide get cross. We’ve been caught by unexpected weather and are very confident in her strength.


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2 Responses to Hull #160

  1. I have just completed the grinding smooth of my B24 hull and am starting on the deck.
    Stephen S/V La Boheme B24

    Submitted by: Stephen Boyle on October 28, 2010 at 3:15 am

  2. Greetings All! Loving to sail as we do can lead to some bitter/sweet situations. M and I got back into sailing after several years of not sailing. Each of us knew we would enjoy it but was not sure if we would have the time or financial committment so we purchased the Chesapeake Gem as a starter to see how we would do. Well, long story short, wev’e had a wonderful time sailing around the Chesapeake Bay. So much so that we have taken ownership of a larger boat and sadly, reluctantly have decided to sell our “Gem”. There are enough photo’s available in the Gallery for one to see her condition. Her sail inventory is good ( 2-Jibs, 2-Genoa’s,1-Main) as are the condition of the sails themselves. The spiniker and pole however, are not included. Yes, she’s a little rough here and there but pound for pound (like all Alberg design’s) she’s very solid and I would trust her to get us wherever we wanted to go. So? what say’s the the Bristol community, What’s a good price for her? I’ll be posting an ad on craigslist and other well regarded sites in the near future with hopes of handing her over to new owners this spring. She is a cruising model but has no inboard engine. Propulsion is currently via a 9.8HP outboard mounted in the Lazerette. Wer’e hoping we can find a buyer that can provide thier own motor so we can keep the outboard as a back-up for our newest addition. Thanks to all and all have a great 2011 season!

    Submitted by: Mike on February 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm


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