47' Bristol 47.7 Center Cockpit 1988
The current, and just the third set of owners of ANHINGA, have enjoyed ten years living aboard, sailing the east coast of the US, Mexico, Belize and the Caribbean islands from the Bahamas all the way down to Grenada, but it's time for them to return to shore. ANHINGA still exhibits the fine "bone" structure you would expect from a Bristol, with thick, solid glass hulls, intact cored deck, and beautiful craftmanship below. Storage abounds with cabinets, drawers and cubby holes everywhere. The reliable Hood roller furling mainsail mast, along with the versatile cutter rig, with a removeable inner forestay, make this centerboard equipped yacht a dream to sail.
Outfitted for self-sustained living aboard (solar panels and a water maker), ANHINGA is ready for a few updates and improvements so the new owners can make this yacht truly theirs. The right buyers of ANHINGA will love her great looks, shallow water accessibility, and strong builder pedigree but also be anxious to freshen her up so that new
cruising memories can be made.
ANHINGA is currently in a mooring field and advance arrangements must be made to see this well-founded blue water cruiser inside and out.
Well known for their robust build and meticulous woodwork, Bristol Yachts built several different models from their opening in 1964 to 1997 when the company closed. The "decimal point" models, like this 47.7, are all from Ted Hood and his design team. Starting in 1985, Bristol Yachts starting building boats on a semi-custom basis and ANHINGA benefitted from the input and decisions of the original owner/buyer. There were 78 Bristol 47.7 models built by the factory, from 1979 through 1994. ANHINGA is hull #62.
Internally ballasted for stability, a swing keel for performance upwind without sacrificing the ability to get into shoal waters, and a full skeg in front of the rudder adds protection to this vulnerable appendage when grounding.
What the Bristol brochure said:
With every sailing journey comes unique adventure. Indeed, it is adventure in discovering the unknown that calls man to the sea time and time again. The Bristol 47.7 delivers you to and from your destination in casual elegance, gracing each trip with the assurance of sound construction, efficient layout and outstanding performance.
Quality construction begins with a hull of hand laminated solid fiberglass, reinforced in high stress areas. Vinylester resin is used in the outer most laminates. The deck, also of hand-laminated fiberglass, features a 1/2 inch balsa core for stiffening and a molded nonskid deck surface. In built-to-last Bristol fashion, the deck is fitted to a recessed flange on the hull and through-bolted on 6″ centers. To complete the hull-to-deck bond, a teak toe rail is though bolted at alternating intervals. Each interior bulhead is joined to the hull and deck with fiberglass, while the cabin sole is constructed of individual pieces of solid teak and ash splines that are screwed and then glued to a sub-floor. All plumbing both hot and cold is piped through copper tubing with flare fittings. The hydro dynamically shaped centerboard is constructed of solid fiberglass with steel reinforcing rods added for strength. Bronze seacocks are used on all thru hulls and are grounded. Special features include custom stainless steel water tanks connected by selection manifolds as well as state of the art electrical and mechanical systems easily accessed for maintenance. All chain plates are stainless steel and are through-bolted to fiberglass knees, which are bonded to the hull. Each chain plate is accessible for routine inspection.
With well-planned spaciousness below, the Bristol 47.7 interior design is a product of time and experience. The efficient galley is thoughtfully equipped for cruising, including a stainless steel icebox with 12v refrigeration, double sinks, large countertops, and a three-burner propane gas range with oven. Propane tanks are located in their own sealed compartment and vented overboard for safety. The owner’s stateroom features unparalleled spaciousness in a boat of this size, which includes a large head with a separate stall shower. Excellent ventilation is provided by numerous opening hatches and ports. Teak handrails are strategically placed for maximum accessibility while at sea. The lead insulated engine room has access from both sides for easy maintenance. An abundance of lockers, drawers and shelves provide gear storage enough for a weekend cruise or an ocean crossing. Elegance becomes a personalized statement with an owner’s ability to customize the 47.7 interior, hand-selecting woods of teak, mahogany, ash and cherry.
Powerful hull lines combined with medium to heavy displacement and a keel/centerboard design translate to superb boat speed. A good sail area to wetted surface ratio and a long waterline contributes to the boat’s performance. A tall double spreader rig with rod rigging and a fine entry add to the 47.7’s sailing ability. Competitive for both club and long distance racing, the 47.7 can be comfortably handled by two people. Great racing or cruising adventures demand great performance, and Bristol yachts are proven performers. Considered one of the most successful designs of the ’80s, the Bristol 47.7 proudly claims several Marion-to-Bermuda Race titles.
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