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Re: Bayfield 25, how seaworthy?
Lots of variables here...
I've not sailed one of these, but FWIW here's a couple of thoughts...
Very shoal draft/shallow low-lift keel, would expect a fair bit of leeway at all times (current or not).
Maybe possible that current may have a slightly lesser effect for same reason (less area for current to act on) but the increased leeway is going to be problematic anyhow.
If the job description is 'upwind and up current' most of the time, not sure this is the boat for you unless you're in serious 'cruise' mode. Of course, if the currents are tidal (ie reversing during the day) your timing can make a world of difference. However I don't know the tidal influence on the St Lawrence. Certainly the state of the tide affects BC's Fraser river, but it truly only reverses in light runoff conditions.. during spring melts and heavy rains it simply slows down some.
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