Bristol 29.9

Summary Information:
  • Year: 1977
  • Length: 29'
  • Located In: Saint Simons Island, GA
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass

This proven design from renowned builders- Bristol, make this a special little Yacht. The design fundamentals and ease of handling make her a perfect boat to start your sailing adventures. She is equally at home short tacking up rivers (easy with only 4ft 3ins draft) or take advantage of her high ballast/displacement ratio and sturdy construction and cruise to the Bahamas.

The following are excerpts from a write-up on a Bristol 29.9 from the Bristol Owners website

The Bristol 29.9 came out in 1977 as a way to tap into the market for roomier, more modern sailboats while maintaining the Bristol reputation for tough, seaworthy vessels.

Designed by Halsey Herreshoff, the 29.9 is a departure from his earlier full-keel designs for Bristol, with a long fin keel and a rudder protected by a full skeg.

“Herreshoff … located the engine way aft for better utilization of interior space. This, plus ample beam and over six feet of headroom, provide exceptional spaciousness and convenience for her size,” the Bristol brochure said.

The 29.9 is a beamy 10 feet, 2 inches that even allows for a small chart table at the head of the quarter berth on the port side, a rarity in this size of sailboat.

Otherwise, it was traditionally styled with a V berth up front, with a head to port and hanging locker to starboard behind it and a salon with double settees, one of which converts to a small double.

The galley had two versions: In one, the sink was traditionally located near the companionway hatch, where it could get in the way of someone not watching where he is going. In the second model, it is forward of the stove.

As with most sailboats, Bristol built too many berths — six. The 29.9 can carry a couple comfortably, as well as a couple of small children, or two couples who don’t mind being up close and personal.

The 29.9 came out as Bristol was transforming itself into a top-notch sailboat builder, so the gear was all best quality for the time and the wood was mahogany and teak. The cabins were beautifully finished.

In a September 2011 online comment, one owner vouched for the seaworthiness of the 29.9: “You can take a 29.9 anywhere and in any weather you are dumb enough to sail (in). We’ve owned Paloma since she was almost new and sail offshore most of the time. We have sailed her all over the Gulf of Mexico, including the 600+ mile trip to Isla Mujeres several times and the Galveston to Vera Cruz race three times,” said John Shasteen of Houston Tx., owner of Paloma, a 1979 Bristol 29.9.

“Twice, over the years, we have been caught in Force 10 storms, the most recent was in March of ’08 – according to Coast Guard New Orleans, and confirmed by Coast Guard South Padre, the winds were 50-60, gusting higher and seas were 28-30 feet in the area were were in — we ran before the storm for some 36 hours before it finally abated – we worried for ourselves, but not for Paloma.”

We’re confident that once we’re finished with our refit, Pegu Club is going to take us anywhere we want to go.

  • Alcohol stove.
  • Built in ice box
Hull and Deck:
  • Compass.
  • Dodger and Bimini top
Total Horsepower: 21
Engine-1-description item:
  • Universal M25, 21hp.
  • Hurth Transmission
  • 2x 12 Volt deep cycle batteries new January 2016.
  • 15 Watt solar panel new 2015.
  • Dual pro heavy duty 20 amp battery charger.
  • West Marine 1000W inverter new 2012.
  • 30 amp shore power, power cable, 50 to 30 amp adapter plug
  • Interior lights converted to LED 2016
  • VHF radio at Nav desk.
  • West Marine hand held VHF new 2015 for cockpit use.
  • Lowrance HDS 5 chart plotter 2012
Sails and Rigging:
  • Main sail new in 2009, inspected and serviced in 2017.
  • Furling Genoa, approx 120%-New in 2012
  • Hank on jib for light winds, good condition, age unknown.
  • Spinnaker and whisker pole, age unknown, never used by current owner.
  • Sheets and halyards new between 2012 and 2014.
  • Various recent upgrades, as required between 2014 and 2017.
  • Hot Water heater.
  • New water pump 2017
  • 44 lb plow anchor with 15 feet of chain.
  • Danforth anchor with 8 feet chain.
  • Spare 22 lb plow anchor.
  • Bilge pump and float switch new 2012