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Old 06-06-2019, 03:56 PM
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Default my boat is bristol

when i hear that i know the boat isnt used much and the owner cares more about its looks than he does for the time to spend on the water.
a good boat to pass on buying as the owner will always want way too much, and if not run enough engine trouble awaits you.
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Is that a question or a statement?
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Each to his own. Ever talk to those guys with the go fast poker run boats. They spend some serious time polishing all that chrome after each run.
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Just depends on the boat. If I could afford the boat I really wanted I'd treat it like Cameron's dad did his Ferrari in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. That being said, with my current boat I just rinse it well with fresh water and brush off the blood stains. It gets a deep clean when its rough offshore for an extended period of time.
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You know what they say about opinions...
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I understand your thoughts process but I also don't think a blanket statement like that can be accurate.
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Originally Posted by 76 Mako 23 View Post
I understand your thoughts process but I also don't think a blanket statement like that can be accurate.
You must be new to THT... blanket statements covering every single person is the only thought process.

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With that said, I think the term Bristol would only be used on certain style of boat. Probably not a ton of CC or dual console owners describing them as Bristol. Probably more large sailboat owners or classic wood boats being described as Bristol. Personally I never look for any of these style boats so I wouldn't expect to see Bristol anything.
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anybody not think that is true in general for boats. it seems to hold true.
maybe if you spend all your free time polishing it might offend you but it wasnt made to offend anyone.
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anybody not think that is true in general for boats. it seems to hold true.
maybe if you spend all your free time polishing it might offend you but it wasnt made to offend anyone.
You made a gratuitous assertion with no facts to support your statement. There needs to be just one instance of a Bristol condition boat that has been appropriately used to defeat your argument...unless you would like to present some actual support for your statement.
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I never hear the term Bristol until I saw it used in two different threads on THT in the past couple days.
I think my 2005 28' CC is Bristol and I use the shit out of it but I maintain it impeccably. New electronics, new motors and looks better than some boats that are 2 years old. I simply enjoy both using and taking care of it.
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Facts. THT.
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Disagree. My buddies boat was Bristol with less than 10 hours. He sold it for a $30,000 profit. The buyer was very happy
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"Bristol" is typically a term used by DB's at the yacht club wearing a white sailors get up and a funny hat.

And a race track. I hang out with more folks that associate it with the race track than as a nautical term. I guess I need better friends. Or not.
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Originally Posted by 76 Mako 23 View Post
I understand your thoughts process but I also don't think a blanket statement like that can be accurate.
All generalizations are wrong.
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another dumb thread I got sucked into.
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and here i thought bristol was a city
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Never heard of it. Must be a northern thing...
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palm beach
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Bristol condition:

-Friends 62 Viking: -see engine room photo
-puts over 700-1000 hours a year on the boat running in NJ, FL, and the Bahamas

-17' Whaler Montauk: -purchased used in 2009 with under 100 hours from a fellow THT'er
(was in Bristol condition at the time, and still is)
-2006 with original Yami F90 that has 270 hours
-lift/warehouse kept and always covered with a mooring cover
-waiting list of buyers if I decide to sell, including several THT members
-never had any repairs, other than normal yearly maintenance

-2008 Jersey Cape: -used an average of 200 hours a year here in NJ, (which is well above average)
-fishes hard from June through September, including many local tournaments
-because it is in "Bristol" condition, manufacturer has used the 10 year old boat as a representative at Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational and the MidAtlantic tournaments.

All the boats I've ever owned have been maintained this way, used regularly and sell for a fair price well above market value. Pride of ownership shows, and I always look for boats that are similarly cared for when I buy another. Walk the docks at Canyon Club in Cape May, NJ, or Sunset Marina in OCMD and you will find many examples of Bristol kept boats that are used regularly.

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