Hayden Gozzard’s Bayfield 36 is a full-keeled cruiser built in Canada with a traditional teak style. The production of this Bluewater Sailboat commenced in 1985 and continued up until the 1988 fire at the Clinton, Ontario, facility. With its clipper bow, trailboards, and teak combings mixed with an aluminum toerail and beamy interior, she is a distinctive blend of new and traditional thought. Owners of her “huge” 36-footer like her for both her stunning appearance and her incredibly roomy interior.
The inner substructure is made of solid glass with moulded inserts, and the deck is balsa cored. Chainplates attach to bulkheads or unique stubs that are fastened to the hull. 6,500 pounds of lead are used as internal ballast, and the mast is keel-stepped. The water and storage tanks are made of polyethylene, while the 45-gallon fuel tankage is made of aluminium. She has two cabins, a bathroom with a tub, and a large salon as her living quarters. Depending on the version, the salon table may be fixed or may fold down from the main bulkhead. The Bayfield excels in this area with the roominess of a considerably bigger yacht. How they managed to fit the proverbial 10 pounds in a 1 pound sack is actually a puzzle. She has a Yanmar 4 JHE 44 HP engine, which is still used by many. Access is possible through the starboard cockpit bench and beneath the companionway.
Although she won’t win you any races in terms of performance, you’ll like her large displacement, full keeled underbody in a blow. Wherever you need them, there are handholds.
The fuel tank made of aluminum is prone to corrosion. It is located immediately forward of where the companionway enters the bilge. The original stove was powered by butane gas, which is hard to come by and refill in the United States. When specs were first published, 4′ 11 “being the draught. Drafts are around 5′ 9” tall “due to cruising weight and overbuilding. With no anchor locker or lazzarettes, outdoor storage is scarce.
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