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Bayfields appeal to those who like the "shippy" look, the teak taffrails, the clipper bow, cutter rig etc - the "cute" factor, I guess.
They are not going to go to weather very well, will handle rather poorly under power, esp in reverse. As mentioned they are smallish for the length, at least until you get up into the 36/40 foot versions.
On the plus side they look good if you like that look and don't mind keeping teak on deck, generally shoal draft, fullish keel and attached rudder if that's what you're after.
The designer, Ted Gozzard has a good eye for the type, and has produced similar boats outside the Bayfield name that command good prices. Newer/larger models have more cutaway in the hull profile that should enhance handling.