I own a 1985 Bayfield cutter
rig....I have not ever been on a SC31.
I can tell you this about the Bayfield...you aren't going to win any races, but when the going gets rough, she loves it. A huge head
forward, with a nice sized wet locker behind the chain locker but ahead of the head
. A comfy double berth starboard, single
to port, and a quarter berth each side. A very workable galley
, ours has an icebox
and two burner stove, nothing fancy, small sink. A beefy gal, she weighs in at 8500 lbs. The 2 cyl. yanmar 2GM
does a decent job, and is very frugal, sipping fuel
. I have sailed her only on the Great Lakes
, not on the salt
. She is bouncy at anchor
, and the cockpit
is on the small side.
But, for all she lacks, she is a real goer. Judging from all the comments above, it appears the SC31 is a hands down winner...but do not be too quick to judge the Bayfield 29. I have kept full cloth up in +25 knot
, and gusting winds...a handful for sure, but she just kept running(I was chasing my buddy boat, a tartan 34C...no hope catching that)
So, I cannot really cast a vote, as I have not sailed the SC31...but she sure looks sweet!
Good luck in your decision! That is the fun part.