I intend to do a
number on the Bristol and get her in tip top shape and eventually get
into a slightly bigger boat for a part-time live-aboard, although she’s
so damn pretty I might just keep her till I keel over. The major drawback
of the Bristol is that there is NO comfortable place to lounge down
I did get some good
news from a mechanic I hired to check the engine (If you get to the
Norfolk, VA. area and need a mechanic, look up Mike Monteith. He’s a
retired coastie, a really nice guy and INTO YANMARS in a big way (757)
676-3376). He gave her a great review and said she was practically new,
wear-wise. She had a stuck valve from being idle for so long and a
pulley on the water pump was slightly bent but otherwise, she’s in great
shape. It’s a Yanmar 3GM30F, probably the same engine you have.
It looks as though
my hull number is 96, at least that’s what I gather from the title. I
can’t see a builder’s plate so I’m trusting the previous owner’s paper
trail. She was built in 1968 and her present name is Andiamo. I will
probably change that to Corrina, after an old Dylan song. Congrats on
the opening ports, they look great. Why the new forward hatch ? The
old wood one looks pretty sweet in the photo.
BTW, how’s your
interior? Any mods you want to share with your readers? I must tell
you, I’m tempted to rip the whole liner out and start from scratch
with a pile of cherry and butternut.