|Hull Type:||Long Keel||Rig Type:||Cutter|
|LOA:||32.00′ / 9.75m||LWL:||23.25′ / 7.09m|
|Beam:||10.50′ / 3.20m||Listed SA:||432 ft2 / 40.13 m2|
|Draft (max.)||3.75′ / 1.14m||Draft (min.)|
|Disp.||9600 lbs./ 4355 kgs.||Ballast:||4000 lbs. / 1814 kgs.|
|Builder:||Bayfield Boat Yard Ltd. (CAN)|
|First Built:||1973||Last Built:||# Built:|
|AUXILIARY POWER (orig. equip.)|
|RIG DIMENSIONS KEY|
|I:||35.00′ / 10.67m||J:||14.00′ / 4.27m|
|P:||30.00′ / 9.14m||E:||12.50′ / 3.81m|
|SA(Fore.):||245.00 ft2 / 22.76 m2||SA(Main):||187.50 ft2 / 17.42 m2|
|Total(calc.)SA:||432.50 ft2 / 40.18 m2||DL ratio:||341.00|
|SA/Disp:||15.37||Est. Forestay Len.:||37.70′ / 11.49m|
|BUILDERS (past & present)|
|More about & boats built by:||Bayfield Boat Yard Ltd. (CAN)|
|More about & boats designed by:||Ted Gozzard|
By Jack Hornor
Revised by BoatUS editors in October 2012
Back in the early 1970s, when most successful new boats were intended to appeal to performance-minded sailors, Bayfield Boatyard, of Ontario, Canada, bucked that trend with a line of traditional cruising boats ranging from 25 to 40 feet. The Bayfield 32, with her cutter rig, long keel, attached rudder and shallow draft, is a classic example of the ideal cruising sailboat.
The model was introduced in 1973 as the “Bayfield 30” but pressure from sales and marketing folks soon forced a name change to the Bayfield 32 which considers the vessel’s overall length, including the clipper bow and bow pulpit rather than her actual “on deck” length. In fact, the waterline length of 23′ 3″ is more typical of a 28-footer. The beam is quite wide at 10′ 6″ and draft is a minimal 3′ 9″
The Bayfield 32 has considerable freeboard and a high trunk cabin which have been cleverly disguised by her designer Ted Gozzard. Gozzard sold his interest in Bayfield in 1981 to start Gozzard Yachts. His distinctive clipper bow, wood trail boards and scroll work can still be seen on his current designs.
Believe it or not, there was a time when sailboat production flourished all across our wide continent. And when we think of geographic areas where sailboat builders congregated and even prospered, several locales spring to mind. New England was home to notable early fiberglass builders including Pearson, Hinckley, O’Day, Bristol and others. Southern California was a hotbed of building in the 1960s and 1970s with Columbia, Cal, Westsail, Ericson and of course Catalina, turning out record numbers of boats. The west coast of Florida emerged as a boatbuilding center in the 1970s and 1980s with companies like Morgan, Irwin, Gulfstar, Endeavour, Island Packet and others setting up shop. However, one area that is rarely mentioned may have been the most enduring of all: Ontario. From the 1960s through the 1980s, and in a few rare cases beyond, this boating-crazed Canadian province was home to many top builders.
Along the southeast shore of Lake Huron, Ontario builder Bayfield Boat Yard Ltd. began producing a salty full-keeled 23-foot sloop in 1970. Designed by Ted Gozzard, it evolved into the Bayfield 25 and became something of a cult boat.