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.
"James, we're talking Apples and Oranges with the Deka 4Ds. While you had AGMs I had the Wet Cells which were rated much lower in AMP Hours. I had seen two different ratings for the wet cells with one estimate in the low 130Ahr range and the…"
"Oh yeah, forgot to mention battery monitor. The stock panel voltage panel is basically worthless in determining battery condition unless you've let the batteries sit idle for hours. Purchase a good battery monitor. It is vital for being up to…"
Congrats on the long life of your batteries.
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