Building 1981 Bristol 29.9 hull #188, Spirit now Gryphon IV
Our B29.9 was the last boat owned by the now defunct Bristol Yachts Company. She was taken back in trade just before they went bankrupt. We purchased her (as Gryphon IV) from Jan and Rob Fancher. They bought the boat from the liquidators in 1999. Although she had been on the hard for several seasons, the Fancher's brought this fine sailboat back to life, lavished her with TLC and made many upgrades. Shorthy after we bought Gryphon, we were delighted to hear from Pat and Mike Orsatti who saw our webpage. They were the boats original owner's! The Orsatti's enjoyed her (as Spirit) for 17 seasons from their home port in Stamford, Ct. She even made an extended trip to Maine one summer. In 1998, the Orsatti's traded Spirit back to Bristol Yachts and Clint Pearson. This was part of a deal for a new Bristol 38.8 (also to be named Spirit). The Orsatti's B38.8 was the final boat built by Bristol Yachts! Mike has very kindly shared these pictures taken of our B29.9 as she was being created. The Orsatti's had visited the Bristol yard on weekends to record progress. Having these photos is very special. A very nice surprise to get them. Thanks Pat and Mike!
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Hull halves fresh from the molds and just put together
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From the stern, outside in the Bristol yard
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Pat Orsatti inspecting the stern with Fred Coyle. Fred was the sales person for Bristol Yachts.
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Inside the hull towards the bow
Beginning the finish work, looking down from above into the V-berth. Forward water tank access port.
Some interior finish work done. Forward bulkheads in place; looking towards the starboard wet locker
Looking over cabin towards starboard side; settees in place and galley/companionway taking shape
Starboard setee
Galley area
Engine compartment. Divider for quarter berth at lower right.
Inside the shed; from bow
Inside the shed; from stern
Looking across the cabin top from the bow
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Head vanity being built
Brand spanking new cabin top
Cabin top from the stern
Companionway from across the cockpit
Spirit on the assembly line. Bristol was working on six other boats at the time.
Stern shot with more of the finish work shown. Toes rails still a work in progress.
In those days, we did love our flannel shirts!
Doing some interior finish work. Cabin sole in place and protected by sawdust!
Finishing inside the cabin.
The navigation table as seen from the cockpit.
Here is the build team working on the deck.
Champagne for all! A brand new B29.9, Spirit, underway! Pat is on the foredeck and Mike at the helm.
Under sail in Bristol Harbor. The Mount Hope bridge can be seen in the background.