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Home » Sailnet Boat Reviews » B - Boats starting with 'B' » Bayhen

 
Bayhen 21
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Description: Bayhen 21
Keywords: Bayhen 21
 


Author
oldbay
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Registered: July 2000
Review Date: Fri January 8, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Have this boat in Oriental, NC. It is the perfect rig for gunkholing the coastal creeks and rivers. The reenforced skid plate in the bow makes a beachable and fun boat to sail.
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Review Date: Tue July 3, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Hi Folks,

I just purchased this boat from Sunset Marine in Peoria, IL. Very nice folks to do business with. My contact there is Steve Eakle (eaklesails@aol.com).

I live near the Texas Gulf coast. The Bay Hen 21 seems to be perfect for this area due to her extreme shoal draft. Here are the basic specifications:

LOA - 21'
LWL - 18' 3"
Beam - 6'3"
Draft (boards up) - 9"
Draft (boards down) - 3' 6"
Displacement - 900 lbs
Sail Area - 175 square feet

I have some pictures of the boat on my web site: http://www.gordy-n-mikie.com. The current manufacturer is Nimble Boats (http://www.nimbleboat.com).

The Bay Hen has a traditional cat-boat rig: Single mast, far forward, gaff-rigged. Very pretty!

Initial impressions:

Even though this boat was built in '98 and I just purchased it in June 2001, I am the original owner and the first to put her in the water. I immediately discovered a few problems that I am now working on to get resolved before I can take her sailing again. I will briefly describe them below and then later will update this review to detail what I had to do to effect repairs.

This boat has twin bilge boards. These are like lee boards, but are contained in trunks thare are inside the hull on the port and startboard side. One of the nice things about bilge boards is that they do not take up valuable space in the center of your cabin like a single centerboard trunk does.

The first problem that I noticed was water leaking in around the pins in the bilge board trunks. That will be easy to fix with the judicious application of a little good caulk.

Now for the more serious problem: The port bilge board would not lower all of the way and the starboard bilge board would not lower at all.

I ended up anchoring in chest-deep water, pulling the pins, going under the boat, and removing both bilge boards so that I could examine them back on land.

I have been in contact with Jerry Koch, the President of Nimble Boats. He suggested I sand them down a bit and repaint them. He said that the thought the reason I was having problems with them is that perhaps the hull/trunks have settled or shifted a bit due to spending several season sitting on the trailer in the sun/snow.

When I get these problems resolved I will be able to come back here and update this review with some better information about sailing performance, etc.

Regards,

Gordon Tillman
gordy@gordy-n-mikie.com
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