Well, I'm like 6 days from buying this Bayfield 32' which I have fallen in love with.
But I am feeling quite demotivated and confused all of a sudden.
I have talked to a few people who owned the boat and they said it's really sturdy, I even loved the Sea trial. She looks and feels beefy.
Now, I just got off the phone with the skipper who's taking me across the Atlantic in a week.
And this is his story of a short "Ocean" rough weather sea trial in a Bayfield 36'... short version.
His friend had one and was thinking of taking it across the Atlantic to England a few years ago, they decided to do a trial 2 day run in the ocean just to see how she feels. The weather got a little rough and the bow started pounding the waves.
All of a sudden they hit a bigger wave and the bowsprit FU@#!#G ripped right off took off half their rig
They had to beach the boat sailing downwind into the lee shore in order to avoid loosing the mast and were rescued by the CG after beaching the boat on a shoal part of the coast.
Now this guy is a very seasoned Ocean sailor / racer and I respect his opinion and expertese, he said that bowsprit was a piece of ****.
He highly recommended against getting the boat specifically for the bow-sprit design,... if I were to go bluewater sailing on it(which I am planning on specifically)
I agree, it is a little bit weird, and, I have read other reports of people experiencing "weakening" of the bow sprit after sailing upwind in stronger weather.
Now I am torn between two choices... Get this boat now... or leave it, and go through the hassle of looking for something else.
I am also thinking I should probably go on this Atlantic crossing first, and when it's done, see what I think about what a "blue water" boat should be like, before I buy this one. Just such a pain in the ass.
What do you guys think about re-enforcing the bow-sprit?
And what do you know about bow-sprit design/functionality?
Sigh, I'm going to do the Engine survay tomorrow anyhow. tomorrow is the day when all survays are done and I can either buy it or leave it.
Any suggestions and comments would be helpful