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Old 01-02-2012, 17:23   #1
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Is anyone familiar with the Bayfield?

I am looking for my first cruiser I have a few options here in Ontario that I have looked at however, there is a beautiful Nautai 37 in the Turks and Cacos that the gentlemen seems to need to sell. I thought she was beautiful and well laid out and I would love to own her but I am not in the position to drop things and go, at least not for a couple of years yet. I hope he decides to keep it a few more years.
I have looked at a Westsail 33 that was interesting but I think will require more work then I have finances for. I have also found a Bayfield 32 that seems serviceable but it only has a 3ft 9 inch draft. Is this a concern for ocean travel? I have also, and I don't want to offend anyone, seen a trend in the sailing community. There seems to be those who have large comfortable boats like the Irwins who seem to sail the coasts but the off shore sailors seem to chose smaller vessels and by smaller I mean less comfort below. Is there a reason? Any suggestions or personal experience is greatly appreciated and greatfully listened too.

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Old 01-02-2012, 21:06   #2
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Re: Is anyone familiar with the Bayfield?

The Bayfield is the boat for you! Good choice. It is easy to sail and if you do some reasearch you will find people go all over in them. The bigger boats are harder to handle in a pinch. I had a Hans Christian 33 and loved it...except..I am only 5'6" and was not tall enough to handle it in a storm, shock to me. Went to a Island Packet 31 which didn't make me stand on my tip toes when reefing for 10 years and over 10k miles. I now have a Pacific Seacraft Dana 24 and will keep it to the end. I don't miss the room but my wife does. Am willing to go anywhere with it. I am 71 and have about 25 years expirence.
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Old 01-02-2012, 23:38   #3
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I've sailed a bit on a friend's Bayfield 32. I think they are wonderful boats. Well built, sail reasonably well, especially on a reach. The shallow draft is noticeable in how much leeway the boat makes going to weather, but it was always manageable.
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Well just a follow up to this post. I did buy the Bayfield 32, it's been a bit of a rocky start so far but I am optimistic. I have a new question, how does one get a 150% genoa through the 24" space between the forestay and the staysail stay????? Help!!!!
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Well just a follow up to this post. I did buy the Bayfield 32, it's been a bit of a rocky start so far but I am optimistic. I have a new question, how does one get a 150% genoa through the 24" space between the forestay and the staysail stay????? Help!!!!
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LMAO!!!! That was the obvious answer I was hoping for something less de-powering I was hoping to cross the finish line at least in the same day as the rest of the boats in the club races... Thanks for the reaffirmation that this is the way.
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LMAO!!!! That was the obvious answer I was hoping for something less de-powering I was hoping to cross the finish line at least in the same day as the rest of the boats in the club races... Thanks for the reaffirmation that this is the way.
Lots of boats have just this problem, us included. We have a Highfield lever (quick disconnect device) on the inner stay, and in light conditions can disconnect the inner stay and get it out of the way. You might consider such a setup...

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Congrats on your purchase ratliners.
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Seems most folks define comfort below as LOTS of ROOM. While that's a great feature when anchored or at the dock. it's very very painful to be thrown large distances and brought up hard against a hard spot. Smaller spaces with lots of hand holds works off shore...
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Re: Is anyone familiar with the Bayfield?

Congrats on the Bayfield--nice boats!

The 150 genoa is a lot of sail to go through the slot. Try backwinding it for a few seconds after coming through the eye of the wind, letting out a few feet of the loaded sheet until you get a "bubble" in the luff of the sail, then ease the rest through. When gybing, you may have to steer around up into the wind more than you'd expect to force the sail through the slot.

We had a 110 with a high cut foot, and it was never a problem to tack. Well, unless the wind was less than 5 knots.
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Old 08-05-2012, 20:40   #11
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Look at the Pardy's Web site. He shows how to make a release lever for a staysail shroud. When a tight space is been tacked in remove the shroud and sails a sloop.
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Use a double length sheet with a lark's head instead of two bowlines to attach your genoa sheets. That will make it a little easier to slide the genny through.
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+1 -- What Curmudgeon said.
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Use a double length sheet with a lark's head instead of two bowlines to attach your genoa sheets. That will make it a little easier to slide the genny through.
Have the sail rigged that way already and yes it definitely helps. I tried the back winding too and the pocket didn't get big enough to pull the rest of sail through before it was too far to the lee. I have only had it out a couple of times I have a dripping drip-less shaft seal that becomes very active under power/sail. Waiting to be lifted out to determine the extent of the repairs.
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Have the sail rigged that way already and yes it definitely helps. I tried the back winding too and the pocket didn't get big enough to pull the rest of sail through before it was too far to the lee. I have only had it out a couple of times I have a dripping drip-less shaft seal that becomes very active under power/sail. Waiting to be lifted out to determine the extent of the repairs.
The tube off the pack less tube must be led to the centerline of the hull and go almost to the deck. Check the tension on the ring on the shaft. Make inner stay removable and sail as a sloop in most conditions.
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