Bristol 27
Built by Bristol Yachts

Production 1966-1978
Number built - 337

Copyright 1997- Douglas H. Axtell

Last update 05/17/2010

photo of David Berke's Bristol 27 under sail.



Courtesy of Kevin Monahan (from original brochures)

Custom quality! For a reasonable price, the Bristol-27 provides a quality hull filled with excellent features and workmanship. The proven reliability of both designer and builder makes it a lasting value. She's roomy! She's fast! She's a good heavy weather performer! She's a boat we are proud to place against any kind of competition. We feel she's an "inside and out" bargain. Pick the version that best suits your needs ... and compare!
Hand lay up construction and full length keel with attached rudder provides strength and sailing stability.

Fall in love! The best way to judge a boat is to sail it, to live in it, to owne it over a period of time. This isn't always possible to do before you buy, but you certainly can ask other owners what they think. Ask them what they think of the Bristol styling inside. Ask them about the quality of materials and workmanship. Maybe you could turn on the charm and ask them for a ride. If you fall in love with it ... great! You're on your way to sailing satisfaction!

Note: Remember ... inboard power available. Check the long list of Optional Equipment ... and tailor this mini-yacht to taste.


Bristol 27 standard equipment

Hull & Deck: Molded high-impact fiberglass reinforced polyester resin ... largely woven roving, strongest material available. Hull and deck thicknesses vary to suit structural demands. Deckhouse, deck and cockpit are integrally molded. Deck clamp and cove stripe molded with hull. Deck is mechanically bonded and sealed to deck clamp in hull to prevent leaking. Full length non-skid dexoleum on deck and in walkways. Teak cap rail. Opening forward hatch (translucent) with molded gasket receptacle, hatch lock, and hatch adjuster.

Features of opening hull mold:
Fair Sheer line
Molded cove stripe
Overlap joint on hull-deck bond eliminating leaks and provides extra strength
Controlled resin cure eliminates fiberglass pattern on hull finish (print through)
Uniform lay-up in keel section

Cockpit: Generous cockpit area 6'-2" (cruising model). Storage in large lazarette and in sail lockers under cockpit seats. Molded fiberglass winch bases with handle storage. Extra large 1-1/2 cockpit scuppers. Cockpit seat hatches completely scuppered to prevent leakage.

Deck Hardware: All deck hardware is satin finished chrome-plated bronze or high tensile alloys. Custom cast manganese-bronze, chrome plated stem head with integral chocks.

Interior: Smooth fiberglass headliner. Interior finished with satin-finish mahogany bulkheads and trim ... Formica-covered counters. Carpeting is 100% polypropylene (indoor-outdoor) ... washable, colorfast & mildew-proof. Companionway grabrails. Hand rails in main cabin.

Cruising Model: Forward berths (2)6'-6" long; main cabin berths (2) 6'-4" long. Four (4) mattresses of 4" polyurethane foam covered in leather-like vinyls (with Zippers). Large choice of colors. Galley features wide counter area; stainless steel sink (14" x 10" x 6"deep); icebox door (with chain restrainer) forms shelf; bin storage under galley counter. Locker storage under sink. Dish, package storage galley counter racks and shelf over icebox. Icebox drains overboard. Two-burner alcohol stove. Ports: main cabin, 4 fixed ports; head, 1 opening, 1 fixed; forward cabin, 1 opening, 1 fixed. Plastic track and slides for curtains. Enclosed thwartship head compartment (5'-10" high) with linen storage cabinet and hamper portside; hanging locker on starboard side. Generous storage & drawer space;
main cabin ... 2 full-length shelves, storage under berths, large bookshelf, bedding storage behind backrests;
forward cabin ... 3 drawers, bin storage under berths, storage cutouts in berth fronts, 2 full-length shelves, rope locker.
Bilge storage ... thru cabin-sole trap. Outboard models provide additional storage space in motor compartment ... access is behind companionway steps.

Dinette Model: Equipment is basically the same as for Cruising Model. Table is standard equipment on Dinette Model. See drawings for sleeping accommodations and galley arrangement.

Engine Installation: Completely sealed, self bailing outboard motor well in aft lazarette with ventilators. 10 H.P. motor recommended. (Inboard): Atomic 4 under the companionway is optional.

Electrical System: Includes electrical switch panel with switches and fuses for: running lights, cabin lights, bow light, miscellaneous lights, blower (inboard only), ignition (inboard only). Running lights include: 20pt bow light, 12 pt stern light, port & starboard lights. Interior lights include: galley dome light, 5 bulkhead-mounted lights, 12 volt system.

Tanks: Standard cruising model; water tank (polyvinyl) ... 20 gallon capacity. 20 gallon monel gas tank available with inboard engine models.

Spars & Rigging: Modern masthead rig with fully anodized mast (31' 9") and boom (12'). Mast extrusion (our own design) with extruded sail track. Shrouds are 7/32" stainless wire. Turnbuckles (7/16")are chrome plated with monel shaft. Roller reefing gooseneck (spring type). Main and jib halyards are stainless steel with Dacron tails. Main and jib sheets are 3/8" Dacron Samson yacht braid. Grounded stays and wiring. Main sheet jam cleat. Topping lift. Sail slide gate. Flag halyard.

Colors: Owner may specify colors (from standard color selections) to be molded into hull and deck and choose from a variety of available colors for boot-top, anti-fouling (vinyl) paint, cove stripe (unpainted is standard) and mattresses.


Bristol 27 Specifications

Models: B-27 Standard, B-27 Dinette, B-27 Weekender
Designer: Carl A. Alberg
Builder: Bristol Yachts
L-O-A: 27' 2"
L-W-L: 19' 9"
Beam: 8" 0"
Draft: 4" 0"
Ballast: 2575 lbs (internal lead)
Displacement: 6600 lbs
Sail Area: 340 sq. ft.

These are fairly low resolution representations (within limits of WWW), if you do not have copies and want them please contact the webmaster or Mr. Monahan
Bristol 27 lines
Bristol 27 sail plan

The Alberg plans are now owned by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass.  You may be able to purchase copies from the Museum.

A website about rebuilding a Bristol 27:

This information was generously provide by a Bristol 27 owner, so that people purchasing and/or restoring a Bristol 27 will have access to some of the original documentation. Contributions of information or projects and improvements are posted, as are email links if desired.
Tips from a Bristol 27 owner:

The following are some important changes Sue and I did to help Siren and us:
This boat is very very tender with out way on and tends to be very skittish in puffy air. I believe about 15% of heel is perfect for getting the best speed and most comfortable ride. My wife and I use two rows of jiffy reefing and have installed roller furling ( and as a charter boat captain said to me once, "roller furling the best thing since caned beer." ). This gives us many options for short sails and a balanced rig.

We have a Johnson 9.9 Sailmaster in the well aft the cockpit, so if you put three or four people in the cockpit, the boat is tail heavy. We put three hundred pounds of ballast behind the water tank with great all around results. Under power, under sail, and better windward ability.

We changed the main sheet system to a track running the width of the cockpit just in front of the engine locker. A car travels on this track holding the main sheet tack. We have much more control over the position of the boom. A big help to weather.

These are a few things we have done to personalize Siren, I would be happy to detail some of the above if anyone is interested.
Thank you, Robert Roesch