1967 Bristol Corsair

West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
$2,995 USD
Condition: fair

2nd PRICE DROP! -The boat WILL be sold! Keep in mind, this boat is truly Coastal capable - and more. I did over 300 miles in the ocean from NYC to Norfolk.
Call or text 585-857-(one)82(zero)

1967 Bristol 24 sailboat for sale in the West Palm Beach Florida area.
Just sailed and motored from Lake Ontario, through the canals, down the Hudson, on the ocean to Norfolk then to West Palm via the ICW. She could use some cosmetics, but shes extremely capable and dry. Ive been living on it for 6 months. I love this boat, but the adventure is over and its time to get back to school. I can only hope she finds a good home.

Fairly new battery, Small solar panel works great for me.
Updated with Marine wiring, 80% in the boat, 100% in the mast and running lights
New wiring box with lots of switches and spares, volt meter, master on/off switch, all marine wiring
LED lights for all mast lighting and mostly in the boat
Battery powered bilge pump.

Jet Boil for cooking works great for me
Fully functional head with 10 gallon holding tank (in the V-Birth) and y-valve
Forward water tank (Ive never used it)

Chain locker with drain, hawse pipe
25lb CQR anchor, large Danforth, 200ish feet of rode with 20ish feet of chain.

Sails are old but they did the job. Comes with a nice Storm Jim my favorite sail.
Main halyard, Jib halyard and toping lift are run back to the cockpit.
Whisker Pole

Chain plates have been reworked and are solid

1957 Johnson 10hp my spare - not the one I used but works well enough.

1) Dry Suit (new),
2) NISSAN 8HP motor (used)

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About the Bristol 24

Paul Coble
Sailstar Boat Co.
Bristol Yachts
# Built
Hull Type
Long Keel
FG (solid laminate)
Also Known As
Bristol Corsair, Sailstar Corsair, Sailstar 24


Length Overall
24 6 / 7.5 m
Waterline Length
18 0 / 5.5 m
8 0 / 2.4 m
3 4 / 1 m
5,920 lbs / 2,685 kg
3,000 lbs / 1,361 kg (Iron or Lead)

Rig and Sails

Masthead Sloop
Reported Sail Area
290.9 ft2 / 27 m2
Total Sail Area
290.6 ft2 / 27 m2
Sail Area
151.2 ft2 / 14.1 m2
26 3 / 8 m
11 6 / 3.5 m
Mast Height
Sail Area
139.4 ft2 / 13 m2
30 3 / 9.2 m
9 2 / 2.8 m
Forestay Length
31 7 / 9.7 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity


Water Capacity
Holding Tank Capacity
6 0 / 1.8 m


Hull Speed
5.7 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
under powered
stiffer, more powerful
Comfort Ratio
coastal cruiser
Capsize Screening
better suited for ocean passages


From BlueWaterBoats.org:

The popular little Bristol 24, also called the Corsair in earlier times, is a safe and solidly built pocket cruiser from the 1960s. Hundreds were built in hand-laid fiberglass by Sailstar Boat Company and later Bristol Yachts in Rhode Island with a production run that spanned 17 years. This Paul Coble design, makes for a great little coastal cruiser, and with the right equipment can be made suitable for ocean voyaging.

As was the convention in 1960s designs, the hull is long ended, narrow, with a short waterline length. Under the waterline is a full keel with a forefoot cutaway drawing 3 feet 5 inches. With a weighty displacement of 6000 pounds she is well and truly a heavy displacement cruiser endowing her with motion comfort levels often seen in boats upwards of 28 feet in size.

Put together you can expect a boat that’s initially tender, lengthening her waterline as she heels, before stiffening dramatically at around 12 knots of wind. Although her large wetted area and lack of sail area has given her a reputation for being slower than similar boats of her vintage, namely the Pearson Ariel, Cape Dory 25, and 25D, the Bristol 24 generally sails better across a wider windspeed range. In heavy conditions she can be surprisingly quick as her the ultimate stiffness helps her hold onto canvas when other boats would be reefing.

Probably her best feature is her roominess with a five foot cockpit, two cabins, including a saloon blessed with six feet of headroom. The saloon arrangement came in two layouts. One that had a double berth to port which converted to a dinette and on the opposite side was a galley with a quarter berth further aft – this layout slept five in total. The second option had had settees either side and the galley further forward with the stove to port and sink and icebox to starboard. Both layouts had identical v-berths in the forepeak with the head located underneath. The interior trim was of satin-finished mahogany with a fiberglass headliner.

Most Bristol 24s were powered with an 8 or 9 horsepower outboard situated in a well. An inboard engine was an option, usually diesel, but some were powered with Atomic 4 gasoline engines.

Though the boat is technically trailerable, but don’t expect quick launches casual day sails as her 3′ 5″ draft does become cumbersome on the boat ramp and with a typical kitted out weight of over 8,000 pounds a sizeable towing vehicle will be required.


The Bristol 24 has its origins tied to a troubled boatbuilder located in West Warwick, Rhode Island called Sailstar. As the company entered receivership, the bank asked Clint Pearson of Pearson Yachts fame to come in and oversee operations.

Pearson had pioneered the art of production fiberglass boatbuilding by founding Pearson Yachts in his garage with his cousin in the 1950s, scaling the operation to hundreds of employees and eventually selling to Grumman Allied Industries in 1961. He was out for a new challenge in the yachting business and by 1964 he had purchased the failing Sailstar Boat Company.

At Sailstar, the Corsair, as the boat was called back then, was one of the very first boats that Pearson worked on. He called designer Paul Cable, asking for a twenty-four foot design to sleep four people. Cable tells a story of carving a half hull on the Johnstown ferry on the way to see Pearson. The boat was barely built in time for the 1964 New York Boat Show where it was a great hit. Priced originally at $4,000 dollars, 120 orders flooded in from the show.

By 1966 Pearson had changed the company name to Bristol Yachts, phasing out the Sailstar brand in favour of Bristol, and eventually relocated the company to new facilities in Bristol, Rhode Island.

The Bristol 24 remains one of the most popular models from Bristol with a production run of 726 before production ceased in 1983. Boats from 1975 onwards were sold under the Bristol brand.

Buyers Notes

Build quality varies widely between models and vintage in ways that matter.

As originally designed the Corsair had lead ballast. In a cost savings move, Sailstar changed the ballast construction to lead-shot in concrete. After the company transitioned to Bristol, in a further cost savings move, the ballast changed to iron boiler punchings in concrete (while keeping lead-shot as an option). The iron to concrete ratio varies between boats as these proportions were mixed by eye without weighing resulting in some boats being more tender than others.

Common wisdom is that you can identify the ballast material by checking the bilges – owners report lead ballasted examples have a bilge twelve inches deep while concrete ones have a bilge that is up to the sole. Be aware this is not a reliable indicator of ballast material as some models have extra lead bringing the ballast to the floorboards.

Another area to check is the bulkhead construction. The original Corsairs had mahogany marine plywood. Later boats had formica over plywood, these boats can have rotted or delaminated bulkheads which are hidden by the formica. Some of the last boats went back to teak or mahogany faced ply as an option.

» Bristol 24 feature by Ted Brewer, Good Old Boat Magazine Mar-Apr 2003
» Bristol Owners Association, information and photos.
» Bristol 24 review by Rebecca J Casarez for Sailing Magazine, Jan 2012


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