Before I got my new & petulant 5HP, I considered the electric motor. There were 2 reasons I did not go with it. I didn't know anyone who was using one in salt water and I wasn't sure how to deal with battery ~ we're talking about a small sailboat here... no room in cockpit. Also, the currents are strong in the bays I sail, so I was a bit concerned how the electric would do under those conditions. So I ended up with the gas engine.
Then, I was amazed to meet a couple in Puerto Rico this past winter who used only an electric motor for a Westsail 32. Worked for them~ course they choose their weather~ so when they moved they were sailing and were retired so had no schedule. . So, I would consider an electric motor now.
It took a long while and lots of 'consultations' with folks, to figure how just what I was doing wrong in starting the gas engine. People would say, just pull it...... lol... it's too complicated to write here, but that wasn't helpful advice and eventually I figured it out. I would prefer to have electric start, but I would have to know how to fix that when it inevitably broke..... and I'd want to know before it happened...ain't it grand..
Hey Mac..you can never have boats. I just bought a Sandpiper 565 in Ithaca, NY. At 18"6' and 1200 pounds she's perfect haul around and easy to launch on the lake behind my house.. Hope your big house project is going well..
Thanks for the pics... I'm really only interested in the 25 and what is it ? 29 or 30 ? Bayfield, cause if I was to get one that would be limit... but it would be nice if I felt comfy on the 25... less boat is good.
And hey... it's a great sickness to have LOL.....
take care.. share a few now and then when you have a chance !
I know of your Bayfield, but haven't had the pleasure of sailing one. She's a beauty. Thanks for posting pics.... I have an ocean kayak and a 1982 ODay Daysailer II. Fractional rig, 5HP, New Tiller 2007, New Standing rigging this year, and 2 sheets sales, orginals;clean and blown out. I need to install shrods and mast base. Anyway, she, Belle Luce is on the hard on Shinnecock Bay. I also a friend's Hobie 16 in Shinnecock Bay. I'd like to find a suitable boat for me and I have short list of ones I plan to sail in the 28 to 32 foot range.
You told me awhile back that you installed opening portlights. Can you tell me what size you used? The ones listed for Bomar and Lewmar don't seem to fit.
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Calling the SV the Real McCoy, This is the SV the Real McCoy, over. Hey Mac, how are you doing, good I hope? I just stop by to say you have a beautiful Boat. We chatted before on the bayfield users group at Yahoo. Take Care and Happy Sailing
Calling the SV the Real McCoy, This is the SV the Real McCoy, over. Hey Mac, how are you doing, good I hope? I just stop by to say you have a beautiful Boat. We chatted before on the bayfield users group at Yahoo. Take Care and Happy Sailing.
Asheville is a cool town, been a good place to raise kids and be.
Follow up questions. Have you ever known of anyone to successfully use a trailer extension for a B25? Do you use a lift? Around the Charleston area those things cost $250 round trip! You mentioned your boat weighs in at 5100 lbs. Does that include the trailer? Finally, I read one person's complaint that the Yanmar 8 is a little underpowered. Has that ever been a problem for you?
I'm just about ready to buy a 1980 Bayfield 25. I see from your pictures that you've figured out how to raise the mast single handed and I also see that you have a trailer extension. Can you tell me how the trailer extension is built and how well it works?
Another question. I've looked at a lot of Bayfield 25s and some say the displacement is 3500 lbs and some say 4300 lbs. Any idea what's up with that?
Mac, The sunken ship is the President Cooledge, which is off the shore of Espirito Santo....and island in the Vanuatu chain (south pacific). Its world class diving! Clear warm water, lots of fish and coral, a wreck with lots of stuff in it......but its deep. It lies at 140' to 240'....all deco diving, but worth it! There are local dive shops that specialize diving this wreck and are all set up with decompression stops. Vanuatu is the best diving i have ever done...by far! Better than the Great Barrier Reef even.
Only in the Dominican Republic have I experienced the challenge of driving in an easterly direction on the shoulder of the west bound lane. This occurs where Highway #5 from Semana merges with Hwy #3 to Punta Cana. …See More
"We use a product called TeakGuard from AllGuard on all of the teak on our B40.
It's water based. Goes not easy. 3 coats at the beginning of the season and we're done.
It was an adventurous, albeit cultural experience as my friend Linda Rincones and I drove from Punta Cana to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. Initially we traveled west toward Boca Chico where we approached our first fork in the road. Confidentially we chose the wrong prong. After a ten kilometer cruise we took a gander through a neighborhood which luckily led us back to the correct prong. A few hours later we approached three more forks. We took each one in stride appreciating our…See More
Hola,Who was the first to coin the phrase, "It's not the place, it's the people?" i don't know. maybe someone will take the time to research the author. not me, not today, Afterall i am surrounded by a wonderful family of brothers, their wives and my best friend while embracing this province.See More