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Bayfield 25
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Description: Bayfield 25
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Review Date: Thu February 27, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This boat is equipted with roller furling (jib).
A working Jib & 150%Genoa. We have made up a set of sheer legs(we to call them bi-pods) for raising and lower the mast. This operation has become a one man procedure .All lineslead to the cockpit & a preventer on the boom to prevent accidental gybes. The bayfield is a pleasure to sail and she does like a nice breeze. You can spot a Bayfield miles away.








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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
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Review Date: Sun February 8, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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WE LIVE IN THE KOOTNEY LAKES OF B.C. CANADA. THE LAKE IS 2 MILES WIDE AND 100 MILES LONG, SURROUNDED BY WHITE CAP MOUNTAINS, BEAUITFUL "A". MAYBE SO, BUT HIGH WINDES CAN COME UP IN MINUTES DOWN THESE MOUNTAIN PASSES. TURNING A FLAT LAKE INTO A 4' HIGH OR BETTER MESS IN MINUTES, SO YOU MUST HAVE A STABLE BOAT. THE BAYFIELD WHICH I CALL A BIG FAT CRUSER IS GREAT, I DON'T THINK IT CAN BE DUMPED IN ANY OF THESE WINDS OR CONDICTIONS, I KNOW I HAVE TRYED.(BUT YOU MAY NOT WIN A LOT OF RACES.) WHEN THINGS GET RIGHT OUT OF CONTROL IT TAKES OVER THE HELM AND TURNS IT RIGHT INTO THE WIND. AS FOR COMFORT, THE COPIT I FEEL IS SMALL, BUT THAT GIVES YOU MORE ROOM DOWN BELOW WHICH IS AN ADDED FEATURE FOR OVERNIGHT. WE HAVE A SHOUL KEEL WHICH IS ALSO GREAT FOR RUNNING UP ON THE BEACH.
I USUALLY SAIL WITH MY WIFE ON BOARD AT ABOUT 10 DEG. AND 4 KNOTS, BUT WHEN THE WIND IS UP AND I ( I SAIL BY MYSELF IN THESE CINDITIONS) WANT TO BEAT MY WAY UP THE LAKE OVER SHE GOES AND AWAY WE GO WITH WAVES AND WIND COMING RIGHT OVER THE BOW AND I FEEL AS SAFE AS IF I WAS SITTING AT HOME.
I SELL BOATS FOR A LIVING AND CAN HAVE MY CHOICE OF ANY, BUT I ALWAYS COME COME BACK TO MY FAT LAZY CRUSER BECAUSE I KNOW SHE WILL ALWAYS GET ME HOME.

BILL JOHNSON KASLO B.C. CANADA

P.S. OUR LAKE NEVER FREEZES SO WE SAIL ALL YEAR AND WINTER WINDS ALTHOUGH COOL ARE ALSO GREAT.
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Registered: June 2002
Review Date: Mon October 26, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We have sailed on the full range of Bayfield boats including a 17 day trip from Lake Ontario (Whitby) up the St Lawrence to Newfoundland on a 36ft bayfield owned by a friend. They are very safe strong boats with a full keel and hence shallow draft,
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Review Date: Sun August 22, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have owned "Chelsey" since Mar.'98. It has proven to be the durable and reliable cruiser everyone had promised me it would. The weakness in our boat is the engine. It has some areas of concern that I would be happy to hear from other owners on. It is the 7hp Westerbeke 2cycle 1 cylinder gas engine (Vire is another name for it). Ours is on Lake Erie, and we have another 3 in the same harbour, but one is a diesel, and he spends no time on his motor, unlike us. We are limited to 5 to 6 months of sailing, and struggle with the winter (frost plugs, etc). Other then that, it is a truly wonderful, dependable small craft. I sail with a 150% jib and fully battened Lee main most of the time and often achieve a whole day of 6+ knots. It's not THAT slow! I would highly recommend it to anyone who is not as concerned about winning the races, but likes safety & stability.
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Review Date: Fri January 7, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have owned HOBBIT since she was built. The full keel, shallow draft,standing headroom and ease of dropping her mast were the important features I needed for a trip to the Carribean. For 3 years the Bayfield cruised from Windsor Ont. to far off Islands in the Carribean Sea. We turned back in St Lucia WI bringing Hobbit back home up the intracoastal. I have a double axle trailer and have since taken her back to Florida one winter. She is hard to launch by trailer so I have her lifted off and on. Good boat sleeps 4 nicely, small gimbled stove helps with coffee underway. Put a teak rub rail on 15 years ago and she looks very nautical. A electronic Autohelm keeps her on course in most conditions.
The 8hp Yanmar has been very reliable.
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Review Date: Wed August 23, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Outstanding for its size.
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Review Date: Tue September 26, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Just purchased a few months ago and it's my second boat i've owned. Find that it points to the wind very high and lots of cabin room . 8 hp deseil pushes very nicely. Nice boat.
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Review Date: Thu July 5, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My Bayfield is sailed year round on the Severn River and Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, MD. I wanted a windbreak for cold weather sailing and bimini for hot sun but boom was too low, so, since the main sail was 18 inches short of the mast top, I raised the boom about 13 inches to allow standing room underneath and a bimini and dodger - works great. Since I sail mostly alone, I have an auto tiller helm for long trips to give myself a break. I have added a solar panel which mounts atop the bimini and it keeps the batteries charged great. My Bayfield is a great sail boat. I've painted the teak bowsprit gold leaf and blue and it gives a great effect. The white fiberglass hull was dull and faded... I painted the hull dark blue and the deck/cabin top real light blue. I painted the transom stern with CETOL Marine teak treatment to give it a wood effect and it all looks GREAT! I keep it on a mooring buoy. In May 2001, I solo sailed 458 miles to circumnavigate the Delmarva(Delaware/Maryland/Virginia) Peninsula in 15 days.
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Registered: March 2002
Location: Lorain,Ohio
Posts: 34
Review Date: Sat November 2, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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great boat,sails great,very forgiving
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Location: Lorain,Ohio
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Review Date: Sat November 2, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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great boat,sails great,very forgiving
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cmaumus
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Registered: March 2003
Location: Greater New Orleans
Posts: 1
Review Date: Wed March 1, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Solid, forgiving,classic looks,easy to handle. Great daysailer and weekender.
Cons: Not the fastest nor a great pointer, but, hey, it's a cruiser; storage space is at a premium. 6hp diesel was underpowered.

Was my "move up" boat from my 21' daysailer. Provided me with "big boat" feel yet easy to handle. All lines came back to cockpit making it easy to sail w/o crew. Mine had a furling jenny which really made getting up and going and dousing an easy matter. Yanmar diesel was very ecconomical and reliable. At 6hp, however, it was a little under powered in less than calm water.
Interior headroom was pretty good at about 6'. But being 6'2 I had to bend a little. Also sleeping provisions for someone over 6' were snug. V-berth was not an option for me.
Cockpit area was less than 6' but that also made it easier to move between the tiller and the sheets. Galley was minimal but space is limited in a 25 footer which is really more of a 23footer b/o bowsprit and clipper nose. Storage space was very limited.
Boat has more teak trim than most modern sloops. That means more upkeep but the good looks always turns heads.
In short, a great daysailer and weekender. Consider the 29 footer for extended cruising.
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Review Date: Sun April 6, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: comfortably stable designed to correct herself. Follow her lead
Cons: could trade 2nd sink area in head for storage / better access to bilge sump

Big boat in small package
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