I bought a new boat! Well, I’m in the process of doing so anyhow. I still need to do the survey and sea trial; but an offer was made and accepted on a Bayfield 29. I believe the same Bayfield 29 that mysteriously disappeared from the yachtworld.com listings that I mentioned in the previous blog just as mysteriously returned. That was convenient because the Grampian 30 I was interested in was taken off the market by the owner.
The Bayfield is an interesting design. It has an attractive clipper bow, which means that its’ effective length on deck is probably around 27 feet instead of 29; but it has an interesting interior which makes up somewhat for the difference in length. The typical cramped v-berth has been completely eliminated, with the pointy bow area being filled instead with a large chain locker, storage locker, and very comfortable head (bathroom). Aft of the head is a centerline folding table with convertible settees on either side (the starboard settee converting into a double bunk while the port settee converts to a single). Aft of the settees is an L shaped galley on the starboard side with single sink, dual burner propane stove (not gimbaled, sadly), and plenty of storage. An ice box and chart table are on the port side. Matching quarter berths round out the interior. I’m happy with the stowage.
She is powered by a 13hp Yanmar diesel, is cutter rigged (two head-sails), has a shoal (3.5 foot) full keel, tiller steering, and most of the other things a decently equipped cruising boat should have.
She needs some work (of course); but she doesn’t appear to be too bad to my eye. The survey will almost certainly uncover untold horrors. I’m almost afraid to find out.
I’m thinking of a new name. I don’t think I want to sail around in La Princesa.
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