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Seller's Description

A true classic, this beauty has been well maintained and sailed far with her previous owner. Anyone who is keen on offshore sailing knows that Bristol Channel Cutters are proven winners in their class. A Lyle Hess design, (who is known for designing Serrafyn, one of Lin and Larry Pardey’s most famous boats) there is so much attention to detail and historical attributes to Suits Us. The previous owner, an exquisite cabinet maker, has meticulously maintained and repaired things along the way. She has put so much care and love into her boat and it shows. Mahogany being refurbished and replaced in 2020, keeping Suits Us to a traditional style and look, while accentuating her character. She is moored in Luperon, Dominican Republic, which is known for it’s excellent protection from hurricanes in the Caribbean.

A video has been made with complete inventory list at the end.

Equipment: Accommodations:

6’ headroom 2 berths in main salon double berths in V-berth ample storage ash and mahogany tongue and groove interior birdhouse with hatch stereo with 4 speakers 3 caframo fans 3 brass gimbal mounted lanterns Boston ship clock Boston barometer Galley 2 burner alcohol stove 2 4 gallon alcohol storage tanks manual freshwater foot pump refrigeration with freezer Navigation/ Electronics Furuno Radar 18 miles Raytheon Raystar 390 GPS Raytheon Raynav 575 GPS/Loran Icom m4025 VHF Icom IC M710 SSB Autohelm ST4000 autopilot Sunto Bulkhead Compass Tri-color Nav and anchor lights 1500w inverter Electrical and Mechanical Yanmar 3gm30f 38 gallon fuel 45 gallon freshwater 12v and 110v Six 6 volt batteries in 2 banks True charge 40 with display panel ampair wind generator 3 110v outlets complete service records and history book Sails/Rigging Tiller Steering 7 Barient Winches 5/16” shroud rigging Stainless Steel Chainplates Keel stepped mast Staysail 118 sq. ft. 2 reef points Working roller furler jib 195 sq. ft. Mains’l 254 sq. ft. 3 reefs Equipment 35 lb. CQR w/110 ft 5/16 chain Simpson Lawrence 9510 high speed anchor windlass 35 lb. Danforth w/ 20 ft. 3/8 chain & 100’ 3/8 rode Guzzler 500



Halsey Herreshoff
Bristol Yachts
Half Ton Class
# Built


Length Overall
27 11 / 8.5 m
Waterline Length
24 0 / 7.3 m
6,600 lb / 2,994 kg
3,000 lb / 1,361 kg

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
371′² / 34.5 m²
Total Sail Area
371′² / 34.4 m²
Sail Area
155′² / 14.4 m²
31 0 / 9.5 m
10 0 / 3.1 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
216′² / 20 m²
37 6 / 11.4 m
11 6 / 3.5 m
Forestay Length
39 2 / 12 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
7.6 kn
Classic: 6.57 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

7.64 knots
Classic formula: 6.57 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
16-20: good performance

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
>40: stiffer, more powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
200-275: moderate

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
<20: lightweight racing boat

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
>2.0: better suited for coastal cruising

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


An earlier, racing version (IOR Half Ton) of the BRISTOL 29.9 with less stern overhang.

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