|All About The Bayfields
For 18 years the Bayfield Boat Yard, located in south-eastern Lake Huron, manufactured renowned long keeled cruising boats. Starting up in 1970 most boat builders were developing fin-keeled racer/cruisers, so when Bayfield debuted its first boats the Bayfield 23 and the Bayfield 30 in 1973, they definitely turned more than a few heads.
Bringing the traditional look back, the Bayfields were a sight to see with their clipper bows, wooden trail boards with scroll work and on some designs, additional wooden trim and wooden taff rails.
In 1973, after selling a number of Bayfield 30s in the United States they changed the name of the boat to Bayfield 32 to reflect the length of the boat and then again for the 36/40 in 1982.
While in production they made the Bayfield 23, 30/32, 25, 29 and 36/40. A fun fact about the 32 is that were at least three standard mast heights. In 1983 Bayfield’s Factory Manager Don Heart was issued a challenge from a Douglas 32 owner and Bayfield’s Designer Ted Gozzard wouldn’t have his boat beaten! Ted raised the mast an additional seven feet to enlarge the sail area and they easily beat the Douglas 32. After making four additional tall rigged 32’s they cut back the height by three feet. Those five boats are called the 32C’s and have a sail area of 662 sq. ft. instead of the original 525 sq. ft. (we happen to have one for sale! Check it out here). The taller rigged boats are highly sought after because they are considerably faster than the boats with smaller rigs.
After some management changes, and designer Ted Gozzard leaving to start his own company in 1984, Bayfield Boat Yard Ltd. closed their doors in 1988. Since then there have been a few manufactures that have purchased molds and designs with the intention of reviving the Bayfield line but other than a few small productions nothing significant has been done.
Bayfields have stood the test of time beautifully and have a strong and passionate owners’ group. They are steeped in Great Lakes tradition and each boat is a real showpiece. You’ll fall in love with the traditional style and comfortable interior. If you want to travel the Intracoastal Waterway or just cruise around the Great Lakes, a Bayfield is a perfect choice.
The Meri Mac has been kept on the Great Lakes her entire life and if you sailed in lower Lake Huron or out of Port Huron Yacht Club in the 80s and 90s you have likely seen her. She has only had four owners and two of them were from the same family who purchased the boat new in 1984. She’s been extremely well cared for and is in excellent condition. The boat is a must see with all of her updates, so come on out and take a peek. Click here for a brochure and contact information.
The Bayfield 29’s were made from 1980 – 1983. This 29 footer was built for offshore sailing for a crew of 1-5 or as a live aboard, long distance cruiser or local harbor sailor. You’ve also never seen a cleaner boat! She has been meticulously maintained and is loaded with options such as a auto-pilot, GPS Plotter, stern ladder, cockpit cushions and more. Click here for more details.