The Bristol 24 is one of the roomiest 24 foot bluewater cruisers on the market. The design provides extremely comfortable accommodations for a 24 foot cruising boat. The yacht features 6 foot headroom (great for a 24 foot boat) and a privacy door separating the two cabins. There is plenty of storage space under the bunks and in the galley area. Considered to be a quality constructed bluewater cruiser.
The yacht features a full keel with the rudder attached to the keel. (keel hung rudder) This and her 3000 lbs of ballast are what make her a so seaworthy.
The hulls and decks are constructed of hand laid fiberglass reinforced polyester resin. The cockpit is 5 feet long with storage space in a large lazaret. The cockpit floor as well as the decks feature a built in non skid surface. An outboard well was optional.
Cabin space and headroom (6-foot) would make you think you were on a much larger boat. Two models were available. One with an attractive dinette with five berths and the other with a standard arrangement and four berths.
I have compiled some sources for used Bristol sailboats for sale as well as accessories for the boat. They are as follows :
Bristol Sailboat Listings – This is a great site with many Bristol Sailboats on it. Has larger Bristol Yachts as well as the 24.
Boats Dot Com Website – This is a great site for Bristol and other sailboats. There are usually a couple of pages of Bristol here. Type in Bristol as your keyword, put in your zip code and choose no limit for range.
Yacht World Dot Com Website – Yacht World is a great place to find Bristols and other sailboats. I have had good luck using this site. Type in Bristol 24 as your keyword at the top of the page.
Sailing Texas Website – Great Site for finding small sailboats and Bristol 24 cruisers. They have boats from more places than just Texas so don’t let the name fool you. There are normally several Flickas on this site.
Bristol Owners Group – Great place to discuss Bristol Sailboats and to find Bristol Yachts for Sale and Find Accessories.
Craigslist Search Engine – Search all of craigslist at one time from one site with search tempest. Great place to find Bristol 24 sailboats and parts. Simple to use. Type in your zipcode and the keyword you want to search for.
Steven Cole (Economics, MBA – University of West Florida) – 40 years of sailing and cruising experience.