Cruiser Under $20K, Bayfield 29

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My last post got me thinking about the importance of just getting out there in some boat, any boat, if we really want to go cruising and make a success of it. We can always buy a bigger and better boat later.

With that in mind, there’s a Bayfield 29, we go by on our regular rows, that caught my eye as a functional cruiser we could get for half the price of cars most people buy these days.

So buy a modest car and a Bayfield 29 and get out there. Better still, forget the car and use the money to cruise for a year.

A guy I met the other day had a Bayfield 29 on Great Slave Lake, got drunk one night in a bar and boasted that he was going to sail it across the Atlantic. So then he had to, and did…and back—testosterone is a dangerous drug.

That said, I have no special knowledge on the Bayfields, so do your due diligence.

More on buying boat’s.

A Boat While You Wait To Go Cruising


I came across this cool article on old small boats available for less than the cost of a good dinner out.

One of these would make a great project while waiting and saving to go cruising:

  1. Learn some useful skills while fixing the boat.
  2. Then hone sailing skills.

The O’Day Daysailer for US$78 jumped out at me. When I was a teenager this was the boat I lusted after. Sails well and even has a tiny cabin.

If you want to sleep aboard (definitely camping), look for a Rhodes 19 originally built by the same company, albeit for more money, but you might find an old one for less.

At one point I taught sailing to adults in one of these, and even spent a few nights aboard sleeping on an air mattress.

Owning, fixing, and above all sailing one of these old boats is a way more fun, and will impart way more useful cruising skills, than watching YouTube about lithium batteries and the Unattainable 45.

More about getting out there cruising.