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Hello. I just purchased my first sailboat which so happens is a Bristol 29. I am told that it was built in Ontario Canada. The previous owner seems to know a lot about her. I should mention that I do have a oday 27 in my yard that I bought because it was cheap but it turns out that it is going to take too much time and money to fix her for what she is worth. Anyway, lesson learned and not out too much money.
Reading some of the stuff on here does have me wondering about something though.When I went to see the Bristol the guy told me that not to worry about deck delam (this was the main problem with the Oday) as this Bristol hull has no core and is solid fiberglass. Kinda makes me worried now that I read in here that it may.
Another thing is he has removed the Atomic 4 and has installed a 30hp outboard to the back. He has a problem with gas engines in the hull (leaks) and has had a bracket made up to hold the outboard straight so that the rudder can be used to stear her. Is the transom strong enough to support this?.
I bought it trusting him as he will be at the same marina and says he will assist me for as long as it takes to get me in the water and will sail with me until I am comfortable(I have taken lessons). The sails are brand new and I talked to the sail makers. All of the shrouds and stays are new as well as the interior cushions. He had planned on keeping her but decided on a larger boat "of his dreams".
Hopefully all is well with her. I don't think that he would knowingly tell me untruths but maybe is misinformed.
Thanks for any help