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Bristol 40

149 built between 1965 and 1982

Builder
Bristol Yachts
Designer
Ted Hood
Hull Type
Long Keel
Construction
FG

Dimensions

LOA
40.20 ft12.25 m
LWL
27.54 ft8.39 m
Beam
10.80 ft3.29 m
Draft
5.40 ft1.65 m
Displacement
17,580 lb7,974 kg
Ballast
6,500 lb2,948 kg
Ballast Type
Lead

Rig and sails

Type
Masthead Sloop
Reported Sail Area
648.00 ft260.20 m2
Total Sail Area
648.15 ft260.22 m2

Mainsail

Sail Area
316.00 ft229.36 m2
P
39.50 ft12.04 m
E
16.00 ft4.88 m
Mast Height
?

Foresail

Sail Area
332.15 ft230.86 m2
I
45.50 ft13.87 m
J
14.60 ft4.45 m
Est. Forestay Len.
47.79 ft14.56 m

Mizzen

PY
EY

Calculations

Sail Area/Displacement
15.39
under powered
Ballast/Displacement
36.97
less stiff, less powerful
Displacement/Length
375.73
ultraheavy
Comfort Ratio
36.44
moderate bluewater cruising boat
Capsize Screening Formula
1.66
better suited for ocean passages

Auxilary Power

Make
Universal
Model
Atomic 4
Type
Gas
HP
30
Fuel Capacity
31 gals117 L

Accomodations

Water Capacity
130 gals492 L

Notes

Westerbeke Diesel was an option.
Available as cutter or yawl.
BRISTOL 39 and 40 are nearly identical though dimensions differed slightly for all models.
Production (39) 1966-1971
Number built - 58
Production (40) 1970-1997
Number built - 149
KEEL/CB VERSION - Draft: BD: 7.8'/2.38m; BU: 4.0'/1.22m
YAWL RIG:
I: 45.5'
J: 14.6'
P: 39.5'
E: 16.0'
PY: 18.16'
EY: 6.75'
Total SA: 709 sq.ft.

CUTTER RIG:
I: 45.5'
J: 17.5'
P: 39.5'
E: 15.8'
Total SA: 710 sq.ft.

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