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Are you thinking about buying a B29 or other vintage Bristol from the 1960's? Here are some things to consider, some strengths of Bristol yachts and some areas of weakness that you should watch for.
Flare at the bow keeps her very dry in head seas. Her design is about perfect for sailing to windward.
Her low freeboard keeps her anchored solidly; she doesn't sail around her anchor, nor is she easily blown off when stopped, but simply sits placidly and waits for you to anchor
Her long overhangs give her much more speed than her LWL would indicate. She has amazing windward ability, even triple reefed in 35 - 40 knots of wind.
She has a perfectly designed rudder, that simply can't be overpowered--she will never round up into the wind the way some boats do. The rudder post is 1.25" solid tobin bronze. The rudder is solid fiberglass around a solid bronze structure welded to the rudder post.
Deck stepped mast support is overbuilt and not prone to sagging or rot.
Gelcoat doesn't craze and crack the way many early Cape Dory's look.
Fully-molded headliner throughout the cabin. Few boats of her era and size are as nicely finished out as the B29.
The Monel fuel tank will outlive you and the boat.
Large cockpit, with seats long and wide enough to sleep on.
I can't speak for every Bristol 29, but mine has never suffered from bottom blisters. I have only had a couple, the size of a quarter over the past 17 years, with the boat in warm salt water year round.
I also can't speak for all Bristols on the subject of deck delaminating and core rot, but has not been an issue on my boat. Granted I have taken the trouble to properly bed all deck hardware, over-drill the holes and fill with epoxy to protect the core, but the boat was 20 years old when I acquired her and her deck core was in fine shape then.
Relatively large head with a built in shower pan and drain.
Large lazerette you can climb into. A great storage area.
Design of beam allows the B29 to carry a lot of gear without upsetting her lines. Her bow and stern are highly buoyant which allow you to carry lots of ground tackle without lowering her stem, and lots of storage in her stern without having her settle there.
Internal ballast is lead shot, no concrete, no iron or steel scrap. The shot is poured into the forward end of the keel and encapsulated in polyester resin.
Cast aluminum spreader sockets--very popular for this era boat--but a real safety issue with boats 30 - 40 years old.
Hull to deck joint typically leaks on old--and probably new--Bristols. It's a constant challenge, as it can be with many different makes of boats. My solution was to glass the joint solid from the inside. Something to consider...
Lack of headroom forward of doghouse. It is limited to 5'-8" forward of the doghouse which may be an issue for taller sailors.
The masthead is open as is the mast, to rain and salt air. The open masthead has no provision for keeping halyards from jumping their sheaves, nor for sealing the mast. .
The water tank is stainless steel, about 50 gallons, but is often pin-holed after all these years. The tank is installed before a fiberglass liner / pan is installed for the floor, so to get the leaking tank out is a chore.