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 [email protected]
#!#G ripped right off took off half their rig with it!
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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