42 Bristol Trawler 1966 was a very good year for the trawler
world. Clint Pearson and his cousin founded the Bristol Yacht Company
that year. Starting off running was a Carl Alberg
design in the form of the Bristol 27 that gave them a taste of real
experience and instant success. A succession of great boats followed
from designers like Carl Alberg, Halsey Hershoff, Ted Hood, and Dieter Empacher. The Bristol 42 Offshore has the sturdy,
seaworthy look of a traditional trawler with its high sides, big bow
and deck house. Many boats have awkward access to the flybridge
because of the tall ladder you have to climb that is placed in a tight
area. This all changes with the Bristol 42 since it has the aft cabin
that shortens the climb and divides it. Almost anywhere on the boat you can move
with ease, from the deck area that extends all around the pilothouse,
which also makes line handling a breeze, to the easy use of the swim
platform. Doors are on both sides of the vessel so you can get to the
lower helm quickly while handling dock lines when single handing.
There’s seating on the flybridge and on the aft cabin top.