Note: Elizabeth was sold April 2012.
It is with sadness and a tinge of uncertainty that I offer Elizabeth up for sale at this time. I have spent many years dreaming of owning a Bristol Channel Cutter. Sometimes, I pinch myself to make sure it’s for real. As you can tell by reading the pages of this blog, alot of time and care (and money!) was invested to make Elizabeth what she is today. She has not let me down. I’ve sailed her well over 6,000 nautical miles, and she’s been my home for almost 3 years. As I sit here in the cockpit looking forward over the cabin top at the tall bulwarks, the wide side decks, the stout bowsprit, and I know I’ll never find a boat like this one. But life changes, and so do the dreams. I never thought this day would come actually.
The thing about Elizabeth is that she is ready to go right now. She’s just finished a circumnavigation of Newfoundland, and is ready to carry on south this fall to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and beyond. You will not have to worry about old systems, old rigging, a tired engine, or unkempt varnish. My goal was to make her bullet proof, and she is. Furthermore, before I bought her, she sat unused for 10 years and during that time had her bottom barrier coated, her electrical system and electronics redone, a new mast installed, a new bowsprit installed, new ground tackle, and many, many other upgrades. I continued where the previous owner left off, and fitted her out with new rigging, 2 solar panels, a wind generator, coat after coat after coat of varnish and Awl-grip, 4 new batteries, LED bulbs everywhere, etc etc etc! I took my time to get things done right, and did things that made sense for longevity. For instance, I didn’t like the exposed plywood core at the hawsepipe. So I routed out about a 1/4″ of the plywood, and filled it will thickened epoxy. Now neither the wet chain, rain, or waves crashing over the bow have access to that deck core, and rot should never be an issue.
If you are looking to sail far or stay close to home, this is the premier small boat to do it on. I single-handed her for a year. She is easy to handle alone. With both a tiller pilot, and the Monitor windvane, self steering is covered. I’ve double handed her alot this summer, and we’ve even had three aboard plus a cat for most of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. I initially thought three aboard would be tight, but it wasn’t at all.
I could go on and on about the virtues of this boat, why I love sailing this Bristol Channel Cutter, talk about the work done on her, the intricacies, the upgrades, gear choices, etc. But I think I’ll just direct you to her listing, some photos, some more photos, some videos and my email. Elizabeth and I are currently in Maine cruising, and will be heading south in October. You can come see her whenever you like.