Bayfield 29 (1984) - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 12-23-2001 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: San Leon, Texas
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Bayfield 29 (1984)

Need opinions on the Bayfield 29 as a "starter" boat. I am very new to sailing,and am looking for safe, dependable, cruising boat, that is fairly forgiving of a novice. I have my eye on a Bayfield 29 which is currently on the market and has caught my eye. As a first time to write on this site, I really respect the comments I have seen here, and I look forward to all responses.
roostor is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 3 Old 12-24-2001
Moderator
 
Jeff_H's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
Posts: 6,957
Thanks: 5
Thanked 163 Times in 133 Posts
Rep Power: 10
     
Bayfield 29 (1984)

The Bayfield should meet all of the requirements that you have outlined. The Bayfield 29 should be a safe, dependable, cruising boat, that is fairly forgiving for a novice. That said, if you are new to the sport and really want to learn to sail well, (and learning to sail well is not important to everyone),you might do better buying a boat that is more responsive so that you can learn what works and what does not work. I would equate buying a Bayfield for a first boat as being a bit like buying a truck to learn to drive. You may learn how to get around but you won''t learn the finer points of driving as easily as you might in a smaller sedan.

The other issue is the venue in which you will be sailing. Depending on where you sail you can expect to live with the prevailing wind conditions. As a beginning sailor it makes sense to try to find a boat that is suitable for the typical conditions your sailing area. Areas like the Chesapeake Bay and Long Island Sound typically have light winds. Other areas are known for higher winds. The Bayfield 29 is a boat best suited for moderate conditions. They are a bit heavy and under-canvassed for good light air performance and a bit under-ballasted for heavy air conditions.

Welcome to sailing and good luck with your first boat.

Regards
Jeff
Jeff_H is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 3 Old 12-24-2001 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: San Leon, Texas
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Bayfield 29 (1984)

Thanks for the message Jeff, I really appreciate your reliability in responding on this site.
I will be sailing mostly in Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, with a hope of one day making it to the Carribbean.
My budget is set at 25000 and I would like to have a minimal hull size of 27ft.
Thanks again for your help.
roostor is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
opinions on Bayfield 32? ern-n-jo Boat Review and Purchase Forum 5 09-05-2010 01:55 PM
Bayfield 29 dirtchickn Boat Review and Purchase Forum 1 07-21-2004 08:28 AM
Bayfield 36 molds on ebay alajuelacutter General Discussion (sailing related) 0 05-22-2004 04:44 AM
Thoughts on 1984 Kelly Peterson 46 shipley Boat Review and Purchase Forum 0 11-01-2001 05:43 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome