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Bristol 33.3


LOA     33.33 ft
LWL    26.67 ft
Beam Max   11.17 ft
Draft   5.92 ft
Displacement   14,500 lbs
Ballast   5,600 lbs
Total Sail Area   562 sq ft
Main Engine 21 hp Westerbeke

Comments from SAILING Magazine:

"This new design from Dieter Empacher gives us another look at the cruising yacht. Dieter Empacher works almost exclusively with heavy displacement hull forms and this design is no exception with a D/L ratio of 342. However, I am quite confident that you will not hear anyone accuse Dieter of designing slow boats. On the contrary his designs have always proven to be fast and efficient all around performers. There are lots of ways to skin the cat and Dieter chooses deeply V-ed hull sections with plenty of volume and sweet sailing lines."

"Note the similarity in dimensions between this design and the Frers 33. It is probably accurate to say that these two designs will appeal to two very different types of owners. You can ask yourself which will be the faster boat and I think we will all agree that the Frers design will have the edge in boat speed. You can also ask yourself which design will make the most comfortable cruising yacht. Think of comfortable as meaning efficient, forgiving and accommodating. The Bristol 33.3 should be a docile yacht yet capable of good performance while providing very comfortable accommodations."

"In looking at the underwater profile of the 33 you will notice that there is a partial skeg aft that has a propeller aperture in it. The partial skeg allows for a second rudder bearing and at the same time allows for some balance area on the rudder to ease steering."

"The layout of the 33' is pretty much standard with the exception of the wet locker located outboard of the port settee. The large bustle area makes for plenty of room for the engine to be mounted with a straight shaft. Note that there is access to the head from the main cabin or from the forward cabin."

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