Bayfield 29' Info
Bayfield is a very strongly built boat manufactured in Ontario, Canada. It's thick fibreglass hull was built stronger and heavier than called for (placing the boat at 8500' lbs displacement vs. the originally specified 7100' lbs). It is a very manageable boat, with the cutter rig being purpose-designed for ease of single or double handed sailing without sacrificing sail area. There is no mast overlap with the headsails making it simple to tack, and it is extremely stable in all wind conditions (with lots of sail area options - 2 foresails and various mainsail reefing options).
With such a large cabin for a boat of it's length, the Bayfield does sacrifice a little bit in it's cockpit size, but this is much less noticeable with tiller models. When you step inside, you do not feel like you're standing in a 29' boat. The interior makes a striking departure from typical arrangements through its lack of V berth. Where the V berth would normally be, there is instead an unusually large head compartment and, farther forward, a large hanging locker with additional storage behind it. An exceptional amount of storage can be found throughout the boat. Also, the aft bulkhead features sliding walls, giving you many options for privacy vs. open concept as you wish.
About our Bayfield 29'
We have a survey from when we purchased the boat less than a year ago which we're happy to send you. The deck is solid, bottom is osmosis-free, interior is meticulously clean (including compartments and bilge), engine runs like a dream, sails are brand new (only used by us over the last 10 months), and mast/rigging are in great shape. We have been through the boat buying process more than once and understand what it's like to be on your end... Things that you might want to do (that we'd planned to do after the trip): bottom could use another coat of anti-foul, if you care about aesthetics the teak on deck could use some love, and the salon windows could use re-bedding (if we take a big wave over the deck there is a very small drip, but this is the only leak it is a very dry boat).
Overall, we have loved our Bayfield 29'. It's a beautiful boat to live on with a lot more room down below than you'd think from a boat it's size. We have comfortably lived on board for almost a year including with one guest (3 people) for periods of up to 2 weeks. It has kept us safe all the way from Toronto down the east coast and throughout the Bahamas. We have sailed in all kinds of weather and been extremely grateful for Bayfield's outstanding build.
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New to Sailing Frannie?
Welcome! Thanks for your interest in our boat. We are Jamie & Trevor, two young but experienced sailors from Toronto, Canada.
Jamie grew up around a yacht club in Toronto, helping her mom maintain the family boat. She started sailing lessons at age 8, became a sailing instructor at age 16, and an instructor evaluator for SailCanada at age 20. She's also raced keelboats throughout her adult life.
Trevor also grew up on boats. He is a well-certified sailor, but he specializes in motor yachts. He has a plethora of yacht tickets (Yachtmaster offshore, Master 200, Chief Mate 3000, and a variety of engine & maintenance certifications). Frannie is his 3rd sailboat (he has owned a Shark and a Contessa 26, which he also sailed to the Caribbean).
We purchased "Frannie C" (with that name) in March of last year. We had big plans to take this winter off to sail the Bahamas. We lived on her all summer in Toronto, cleaning her up and upgrading her equipment for our trip. We set sail in October, and have explored many places since then. To find out more about the boat or our adventures, see our blog, videos, and/or about page (in the menu at the top of this page).
Why are we selling?
We were looking forward to enjoying our home on Frannie for years to come & originally hoped to sail her home to Canada after the winter. If you've read our blog this winter, you know that lately we've leaned into life's rollercoaster and happily surfed all the waves that carried us in new directions... this is no exception.
The big thing that pushed us to sell was we no longer have time to sail the boat home to Canada. This sounds sad, but it's actually really exciting! Trevor has accepted a great opportunity on a yacht. Jamie has accepted a job at an airline in Canada and is very excited to get type rated on her first jet! This won't leave a lot of time to manage boat ownership alone (since Trev will be away from Canada indefinitely).
Although we toyed with the idea of having a floating vacation home in Florida (that's the dream... right?), we couldn't justify the cost at this stage in our lives.
So, we made the very hard decision to sell, but we think Frannie will be an amazing addition to your life!