'Venture', a Bristol 40 Sailboat for Sale

A rare opportunity to own a Ted Hood designed Bristol 40 with the cutter rig. Built in 1980 in Rhode Island, 'Venture' is a solidly built, yet elegant bluewater cruiser. Inside, her mahogany interior and holly and teak sole give a traditional feel, yet she remains bright and airy.

Bristol 40 anchor'Venture', a Bristol 40 sailboat designed by Ted Hood

In 2015 'Venture' had a major refit including: new sails 2015, new rigging 2015, new chainplates 2015, and new backing plates 2015, new dinghy davits, seven new winches, new traveller and vang.

'Venture' has only had two owners.

She was hauled out in 2016 in Grenada and has not been in the water since.

Her current owner has not been able to visit since Covid and the vessel is being sold ‘As Is, Where Is’.

Bristol 40 bowThe bow fitting provides for two anchors
Bristol 40 sternThe cockpit is well protected from the elements

The layout offers up to 6 berths in 3 cabins.

There is full standing headroom and good ventilation throughout.

The V berth can be a double or two single bunks with a hanging locker, drawers and locker storage. Forward of this is access to the chain locker.

There is a private entrance to the head and a door to the main saloon.

To port lies the large head with a manual marine toilet, shower, wash basin and ample storage.

Opposite to starboard is a second hanging locker. The main salon has settee berths to port and starboard with lockers and a bookshelf above and more lockers behind the backrest cushion.

The port settee pulls out into a double berth. There is a centreline table that folds up against the forward bulkhead when not in use.

The galley has stainless steel sink with manual and pressurised water, 12 volt refrigeration with small ice box and a Force 10 three-burner stove with oven and broiler.

Opposite to port is the nav station and chart table with instruments and switch panel outboard. Aft of this is the quarterberth with storage below and side access to the engine.

Bristol 40 saloon 1The saloon looking forward into the forepeak...
Bristol 40 saloon 2...and aft towards the companionway
Bristol 40 opening portsGood ventilation from the opening ports in the saloon...
Bristol 40 headThe head
Bristol 40 galleyThe galley is at the foot of the companionway, opposite the navigation station
Bristol 40 forepeakMore opening ports provide good ventilation to the forepeak

Mechanical Systems
1999 Westerbeke 63C, four cylinder, 63hp diesel engine, rebuilt in 2015. Freshwater cooled via heat exchanger. Engine hours 1728 hrs. Remote oil filter for easy servicing, fuel polishing system. MaxProp feathering propeller.

Bristol 40 engineThe engine is on the centerline under the companionway steps.

Electrical Systems

  • 1 x House battery Group 27
  • (needs full house bank and engine start battery)
  • Solar controller
  • Xantrex 40 amp battery charger and monitor 2015
  • LED lighting throughout

Spars & Sails
Cutter rigged with keel stepped aluminium mast and boom. Standing and running rigging new 2015. Slab reefing mainsail with stackpack. Hood roller furling (bearings need replacement, spares onboard) and hanked-on inner staysail with self-tacking boom.

Sheet Winches: 2 x Lewmar 40 ST, 2 x Lewmar 44 St, 1 x Lewmar 46 ST

Halyard Winches: 3 x Lewmar 16 ST

Other: 1 x Lewmar 14

  • Mainsail triple reef - Lee sails - 2015 - very good condition
  • Yankee - Lee sails - 2015 - Very good condition
  • Staysail - Lee Sails - 2015 - Very good condition
Bristol 40 cockpit 1Wheel steering

Deck Equipment

  • 40lb Rocna anchor
  • 40lb CQR anchor
  • Chain 3/8” approx 30ft
  • Rode: nylon 3 strand 3/4” approx 150ft
  • Lofrans Royal manual anchor windlass
  • Solid spray hood
  • Bimini (for template only)
  • Sail covers - cream/gray
  • Wash down hose
  • Cockpit table
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Swim ladder
  • Various fenders and dock lines.
Bristol 40 anchor lockerAccess to the twin anchor lockers is gained via the forward end of the forepeak

Navigation Equipment

  • Ritchie steering compass at helm, 1 by nav station, 1 in forecabin
  • Garmin GPS Map7405 - 2014
  • Garmin Radar - 2015
  • Garmin GPS441s (at nav station)
  • Icom SSB Radio IC-M802
  • VHF radio Icom IC-M604
  • Ratheon ST60 Wind/Speed/Depth (Speed & Depth screens need replacing)
  • Navigation lights
  • Assorted charts and cruising guides

Safety Equipment

  • Fire Extinguishers (may need servicing)
  • Emergency tiller
  • Lifesling
  • 1 x Manual bilge pump
  • 2 x Electric bilge pumps

Additional Equipment

  • Engine spares
  • Assorted cutlery, crockery
  • Assorted tools

Built in Rhode Island the hull is GRP moulded with lead ballast keel and skeg hung rudder. Painted light gray topsides. Last anti-fouled 2015 but has been out of the water since 2016.

Asking Price & Making Contact

Bristol 40 anchor'Venture'

The owner is asking for $46,000 for 'Venture', on an 'As Is, Where Is' basis. 

The boat is currently located at Petit Calivigny, Grenada in the West Indies.

In the owner's absence, the sale is being managed by Rosie Burr of Clarke & Carter (Caribbean).

Please email Rosie for further details...

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