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Nonsuch..? or Bayfield..?

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A lot of people don't like a Nonsuch. The first time I saw one back in1980 I thought it was the weirdest boat I ever saw. It looked like a windsurfer. Having researched the boat extensively and then buying one I can tell you they are great. Not only have I won more races than I did with my 30' Seidelmann, they are a pleasure to cruise. The only problem is raising the sail. 45' luff. If you get a Milwalkee right angle drill with a winch bit though it will pull the sail right up. If I were ever to go off shore although I would not have a Nonsuch as there is no bridgedeck.
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My son has a Bayfield 36, that's the only one I've been on. Very well built, lot's of room, surprisingly fast for a modified full keel, sails very nicely. I believe there is an active owners group but I don't know the name of it or have a link.
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What was your question?

Both are very popular and common around the Great Lakes.

I've heard a few strong opinions against the Bayfield but in general, I hear good things. There's a big difference between a small, barebones Bayfield 25 and the much larger Bayfields which can be quite lovely.

Nonsuch's have people that love and hate the looks of them, but the resale price tag of them speaks volumes; They retain a high price tag well. Personally, I love the look and might have bought a Nonsuch 30 if I had the money.
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As different as the deck layout and sailplan are, the Bayfield 29 and the Nonsuch 26 share very similar accomodations. You either love it or hate it. BIG comfy head, no v-berth. To me, they are couple boats, rather than family boats. But both are hell-for-stout.

My Georgian 23 puts the Bayfield 25 into the weeds across the board, with the possible and questionable exception of character.

The Bayfield 36 and Nonsuch Ultra is where the real cream rises to the surface. Great, great snowbird cruisers, in my opinion, and solid value.
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