friend of mine has a bayfield 36. well built boat although he did have a blister problem which he fixed, so i'd have it checked for blisters
. don't think you'd go very wrong buying
a bayfield 29 as a first boat. it's not a hot racing
boat, more traditional with a full keel
. if you're buying
through a broker
, ask him to suggest the names of a surveyor
he would recommend; then get someone else. some surveyors get repeat business from brokers by overlooking problems. it would be on my list of boats in that size range....