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#11 Abigale Owners Jayson and Vania Gerdes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Jayson Gerdes, I have a Bristol 29 hull # 11 built in 1967. I purchased her in July 2008 for $2000 as is were is, (Sarnia, Ontario.) and was sailing her by the end of august. I hope you can add her to the list of b29's in your links, I visit your site often and love to read the stories of  the boats, sailing and the pictures.amazing stuff. I have redone the bottom below the water line as it had a lot of osmosis blisters. The original owner modified the boat by adding a spade type rudder further aft. And it  works fine. The original rudder is still there and was bolted in the straight position but I feel this is not very solid so I will probably glass it some time soon.another modification is they took out he stove and installed a refrigerator in that space.It still has the original graymarine gas engine, it still runs fine and I can see there has been a lot of work on it over the years.parts are scarce, and when the time comes I will probably replace it with a new diesel. I have changed all of the sheets, and started to replace the toerails. The sails are not recent but are ok, the boat sailed fine this past fall and we had a lot fun on lake Huron where we currently live. I aim to upgrade and restore my bristol to a coastal cruiser and my ambitious long term plans after I retire is to singlhand it down to brazil, where my wife is from.

 

 

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