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  • Calusa is a Bristol 45.5 built in 1983. She is owned by John and Robyn Wilson and hails from St. John, USVI.
  • Calusa is named after a tribe of people native to Florida-  NOT Cal. USA
  • According to Wikipedia , Bristol Yachts was founded by Clint Pearson and operated successfully from 1966 to 1997. Bristol was one of the first successful fiberglass boat builders in the USA.
  • Calusa, like many of the 2nd gen Bristol Yachts, came from the design team of Ted Hood. The Hood designs were typically centerboard boats which aimed for performance with shallow draft.
  • Calusa carries the identifying decimal point as do all second generation Bristols (29.9, 33.3, 35.5, 38.8 45.5). 

    News at a glance

    • Peru There is a new page in the Logbook. Take a look see.
      Posted Jan 30, 2010, 3:08 PM by Robyn Wilson
    • What's the Plan?? Well your guess is as good as ours. I just got back to the boat Thursday 01/28/10 and JW is scheduled to arrive on the 1st of Feb ...
      Posted Jan 30, 2010, 1:15 PM by Robyn Wilson
    • Oh the places you will go! Be sure to check the Logbook for recent updates
      Posted Sep 13, 2008, 8:58 AM by Robyn Wilson
    • What's with the Pig? Do you know why JW has a pig tattoo?  Curious?
      Posted Jul 8, 2008, 12:06 PM by Robyn Wilson
    • Hot medical students onboard Calusa Read more at Guatemala Jungle Medics Mission
      Posted Jul 6, 2008, 8:16 AM by Robyn Wilson
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 We  purchased Calusa in January of 2007, in Fort Lauderdale Florida. She had been owned and loved by one gentleman her whole life. It was our good fortune to find a Bristol 45.5 in excellent condition, which was within our price range. She performs beautifully and is one of the most comfortable sailboats we have ever had the pleasure of sailing and living aboard. She draws 4'11" with the centerboard up (which allows us to tuck into some beautiful places in the world) and when the going gets tough to weather we can drop the board down to 11 feet which helps balance the helm and reduces the leeway. She spent many of her years on a dock, beautifully maintained by her owner, in Florida with only a few trips to the Bahamas under her belt. Finally, after all these years, she is out here with us in the big wide world doing what she does best. Sailing beautifully, constantly proving to us that she is sturdy and sea-worthy, built for comfort, performance and pleasure.  Join us as we cruise onboard Calusa and share in our experiences.