I sailed on a Bayfield 29 for a couple of months in the mid-1990s, then almost bought one but bought a Cal
3-30, instead. In our neck of the woods, the prices on Bayfields is pretty good right now. I found the one I sailed to have a kindly motion, but sailed to weather like a pregnant sow, compared to my Cal
& other boats I'd had previously. I chose to buy the Cal because it was faster, had better headroom
- I'm 6'2.5" - and had new standing rigging
. I was also concerned about the keel
on the Bayfield not being deep enough(shoal). Today, I'd probably go for the Bayfield, though. Call Ray Donaldson at Harbour Yacht Sales, in West Vancouver, and ask him about them. He's probably sold more Bayfields than any other broker & knows them inside out. If you can find a 32' for a decent price
, it's well worth choosing that over a 29' and you'll probably find the value increase quite a bit when the economy picks up.