Bayfield 32 Refit

Below are photos and brief descriptions of a few out of the many jobs we completed on a Bayfield 32 near Jacksonville, Florida in 2004. The new owners, who were new to cruising, wanted some additional equipment and modifications to make the boat better suited to a planned cruise through the Bahamas.

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We added this 55 watt solar panel to the pushpit rail using a fully adjustable bracket of our own design.

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This panel can be swiveled into any position to increase output or to swing out of the way to use the boarding ladder.

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Installing 2nd deck chainpipe and preparing teak windlass mounting pad.

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Original chainpipe forward was moved aft and old hole covered with a teak block. Two chainpipe fittings direct two anchor rodes into the divided chain locker.

The Bayfield 32 is a lot of boat to handle without an anchor windlass as seen in photo at upper left. The Lofrans Royal manual windlass is independent of the boats electrical system. A hinged and gasketed chain locker door below was added to stop muddy water from splashing on the forward bunk.

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The original cabin sole had a slippery slope opposite the head. Here we begin to raise the sole by epoxying oak strips and teak trim in place.

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Next, 1/2-inch plywood was glued and screwed to wood framing.


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Lastly, we epoxied 1/4-inch thick teak and oak strips on top of the plywood, using a plastic sheet with another piece of plywood and bucket of water on top to hold the strips down while curing and then sanded smooth and oiled.

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Now instead of sliding down the angled sole you can step up onto a level surface when going forward. While we lived aboard this boat it was a much appreciated improvement.