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Re: Seeking info from Bayfield owner(s)
Boat 3 was a Bayfield 36 (now on boat 5). I had it for 4 years.
Here's the good stuff:
- Heavy hardware: portlights, cleats, chalks, winches, etc. Good stuff.
- Cutter rigged: great when the wind pipes up
- Full Keel/encapsulated: Stable, little attention required at the wheel, could balance this thing lock the wheel and walk away for 10 minutes and still be on course
- Room: Beamy, lots of room for length below
- Looks: If you like traditional looking, you've got it
- Full Keel/heavy: Great reaching, and any boat will point, but nothing points like a blade keel and a spade rudder, and a high aspect rig. If great upwind performance matters, this is not it.
- Beamy: Although it's heavy, it has flat underwater sections, so it still can pound a bit as compared to an even more traditional narrow beam boat.
But listen, we liked it, and I'd buy one again. Every boat is a tradeoff. If my plan was to win the beer can race on Wednesday's, I'd pass. If my plan was to cruise, be comfortable, be a gentleman who avoids upwind sailing whenever possible, I'd buy one again.
Good luck with your purchase.