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post #15 of Old 02-10-2014
jambone
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Re: 40' Bayfield Ketch

I single hand a Bayfield 29', and most of what everyone is saying rings pretty true. Pretty slow, traditional and beautiful lines (imo), pretty rock solid in heavy weather, and nice and comfortable inside. The lack of a v-berth on my 29' allows for a very roomy head. The other point that rings very true is the ability to hold a course. I do not own an autopilot, but when the boat is balanced she holds course remarkably well. Many a day I have trimmed the sails, laid back and relaxed. Not very fast, but built solid, and I don't mind all the beautiful teak I have to take care of. I've been aboard a 36' and they are also very nice, haven't seen the 40' but I can imagine it is similar... except for the whole two masts thing.
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