Owned one for 10 years. Really liked the boat
Very dry comfortable boat
. Excellent hull
. Nice accommodation for it's vintage, works well for a couple who are on good terms with each other. Cutter
is easy to balance, and the boat tracks well. Mainsheet is end sheeted with the traveller behind the wheel
making it simple to single
hand sail. Safe and secure feeling deep cockpit
, and low freeboard made stepping off onto a low dock
easy. Hand holds and wide side decks made going forward in rough weather
a simple task compared to other boats of the same vintage.
Long shallow keel
will give up a lot of leeway moving upwind. Reversing the boat can have a mind of its own. Single
I found much more challenging in this boat than other larger monohulls. There are big differences in electrics from early models to later models. We ended up replacing all the original fuse panels
on ours with CB panels
is crowded with more than four people.
We loved our time with our Bayfield and were sad when we parted. The only thing I would do if looking for one would be get the tallest rig model, and have the surveyor
pay close attention to the tanks
, decks, and keel
step for the mast
. These boats are three or more decades old now so expect a lot of owner DIY
that can be a blessing or a curse depending on who the owner is.