Bristol 33.3

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A Bristol 33.3.

Only about eight Bristol 33.3s were built between 1985 and 1994 as the company evolved into a high-quality custom builder, a response in part to the dwindling mass market for new sailboats due to the huge number built during the 1970s.

The result was a performance cruiser, a reasonably fast sailboat that provided plenty of comfort and traditional style.

“The beautifully varnished interior comes in your choice of teak or mahogany (Brunzeel bulkheads and Honduras trim), while the extension settee berths to port and starboard provide the type of accommodations one comes to expect from a Bristol,” Bristol said in its brochure.

With a PHRF rating of 165, the 33.3 is a little slower than some other mass-produced 33-footers of its era, but that was because designer Deiter Empacher didn’t reduce seaworthiness or amenities to trim a few seconds off its racing handicap.

With 14,500 pounds and 5,600 pounds of enclosed lead ballast on a waterline of 26 feet, 8 inches, the 33.3 emphasized stability and has a motion comfort ratio of 31.

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The galley of a Bristol 33.3.

It has a long fin keel with a separate rudder protected by a skeg, with the prop inside a rudder aperture to protect it from crab pots and stray lines. Some boats reportedly were fitted with a centerboard option.

The 33.3 has a beam of 11 feet, 2 inches, making it wide for a Bristol and allowing Empacher to break away from the company’s reputation for skinny, somewhat cramped sailboats.

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The cabin of a Bristol 33.3.

The interior design is traditional, with a V berth that has plenty of storage and a separate entrance to a head with a large shower and hot and cold water. The main cabin has two extension settees with a salon table and a quarterberth to port with a full chart table at its forward end.

The galley is to starboard of the companionway and is U-shaped.

As with all older sailboats, have it checked out thoroughly if you are considering a purchase.

Conditions vary widely because some owners didn’t do required maintenance, and vessels can require thousands of dollars in repairs and upgrades if they were neglected.

If you buy a centerboard model, know that you have to have to pay regular attention to the centerboard cable. If it breaks through negligence, replacing it is difficult work.

What designer Bob Perry said

“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.”

What the Bristol brochure said

Gratifying Comfort In A Performance Cruiser The Bristol 33.3 combines the classically modern design of Deiter Empacher with the meticulous craftmanship of Bristol Yachts in a responsive yet comfortable racer-cruiser. With her efficient hull design, the 33.3 features the graceful lines and comfortable layout which provide an uncramped, uncluttered feeling when above or below decks. This proven design epitomizes the obsessive concern for quality of workmanship and structural integrity built into every Bristol Yacht. Here’s what to look for!

Hull & Deck:
Molded high-impact fiberglass reinforced polyester resin … largely woven roving, strongest material available. Hull and deck thickness vary to suit structural demands. Deckhouse, deck and cockpit are integrally molded. Deck clamp and cove stripe molded with hull. Non-skid pattern molded into deck, seats cabin top and cockpit. Deck layout reflects careful planning. Opening hatch forward is large enough to permit handling sailbags. Molded sea hood is standard and molded rail from sea hood aft is perfect mount for dodger. All rails, coaming covers and trim are teak…furnished natural, sealed or varnished (optional).

Main Salon:
Featuring a large dining table (bulkhead mounted) and generous seating for a comfortable living area below decks. The main salon aptly demonstrates both attention to detail provided by Bristol craftsmen and the open space look of Ted Hood’s design. The beautifully varnished interior comes in you choice of teak or mahogany (Brunzeel bulkheads and Honduras trim) while the extension settee berths to port and starboard provide the type of accommodations one comes to expect from a Bristol.

Forward Cabin:
With its traditional V-berth arrangement and selection of fine woods hand-crafted into the closets, berths and dovetailed drawers; the forward stateroom epitomizes the quality workmanship Bristol has built its reputation on. There is also separate access to a well appointed head with hot and cold pressure water and shower.

Gratifying Comfort In A Performance Cruiser The Bristol 33.3 combines the classically modern design of Deiter Empacher with the meticulous craftmanship of Bristol Yachts in a responsive yet comfortable racer-cruiser. With her efficient hull design, the 33.3 features the graceful lines and comfortable layout which provide an uncramped, uncluttered feeling when above or below decks. This proven design epitomizes the obsessive concern for quality of workmanship and structural integrity built into every Bristol Yacht. Here’s what to look for!

Hull & Deck:
Molded high-impact fiberglass reinforced polyester resin…largely woven roving, strongest material available. Hull and deck thickness vary to suit structural demands. Deckhouse, deck and cockpit are integrally molded. Deck clamp and cove stripe molded with hull. Non-skid pattern molded into deck, seats cabin top and cockpit. Deck layout reflects careful planning. Opening hatch forward is large enough to permit handling sailbags. Molded sea hood is standard and molded rail from sea hood aft is perfect mount for dodger. All rails, coaming covers and trim are teak…furnished natural, sealed or varnished (optional).

Main Salon:
Featuring a large dining table (bulkhead mounted) and generous seating for a comfortable living area below decks. The main salon aptly demonstrates both attention to detail provided by Bristol craftsmen and the open space look of Ted Hood’s design. The beautifully varnished interior comes in you choice of teak or mahogany (Brunzeel bulkheads and Honduras trim) while the extension settee berths to port and starboard provide the type of accommodations one comes to expect from a Bristol.

Forward Cabin:
With its traditional V-berth arrangement and selection of fine woods hand-crafted into the closets, berths and dovetailed drawers; the forward stateroom epitomizes the quality workmanship Bristol has built its reputation on. There is also separate access to a well appointed head with hot and cold pressure water and shower.

Designer Bob Perry on the Bristol 33.3

Read the full Bristol brochure

Line drawings and more specs on the 33.3

Statistics

Hull type: Fin keel
LOA: 33.3 feet
LWL: 26.75 feet
Beam: 11.2 feet
Draft: 5 feet, 11 inches (keel), 3 feet, 11 inches (centerboard)
Displacement: 14,500 pounds
Designer: Deiter Empacher
Water tank: 100 gallons
Fuel tank: 36 gallons
PHRF New England: (CB) 165
Motion comfort ratio: 31