JOY – Bristol 41.1

Designed by Ted Hood and built in 1984 she was launched as a ‘Performance Cruiser’. Due to her hull’s elegant lines she smoothly moves through even heavy seas without any slamming. Her elongated keel makes her keep her course with little effort at the wheel. Her keel is integrated into the extremely strong built hull, the mast is keel stepped, the center cockpit layout and the skeg-hung rudder provide maximum safety.

Down below she has one very spacious master cabin aft and a two bunk forward cabin. The saloon sleeps two more. There are two heads and a well equipped kitchen.

In 2016 she got a brand new Betamarine 50 hp engine. Very simple, very reliable diesel, easy in maintainence and working really well with the Max Prop feathering propeller. Nevertheless we barely use it … she is a sail boat, after all.

Joy is equipped with a six person Plastimo Transocean life raft, EPIRB, an Iridium sat phone and a FindmySpot tracking device as well as VHF and SSB radios. She carries two life rings, life vests and even life vests for kids. An automatic fire extinguisher in the engine room, three more fire extinguishers in cabins and saloon as well as a fire blanket in the galley make sure we can handle the unlikely event of a fire aboard.

Joy does not have any autopilot – we just love sailing her ourselves way too much.

Her conventional main sail is fully battened, we carry two roll reef genoas, a gennaker and an additional smaller light wind headsail. Joy’s massive Lewmark 55 genoa winches will never let you down.

Joy picks up speed very quickly even in light wind and is particularly easy to sail in mid range winds but it is when things get a bit rougher that she really shines, ploughing through the seas keeping you safe at all times.

Nomen est omen. She is simply a Joy to sail.