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Best Built Boats?
I would never list the Triton, Westsail or the Contessa 32 on a list of ''best built boats''. Each of these boats have their own merits and disadvantages but they would certainly never fall in the category of ''best built 28 to 32 footers.
Tritons were run of the mill production CCA rule beating, coastal cruisers in thier day and their day was 40 years ago. You can beef one up and adapt it sail some pretty long distances but a skipper who sails a Triton around the world does so inspite of his choice of boats rather than because of the Triton''s inherent good qualities.
The Westsails were a whole lot of fiberglass in a 32 foot length of boat. They varied pretty widely in build quality. Some had steel; boiler punchings and iron for ballast, few had a lead casting that was properly bonded to the hull. At least at some point in the Westsail''s history the decks were plywood cored. Once plywood starts to rot it is bar the door nelly because the rot easily moves with the grain in multiple directions at once. They were also notoriously blister prone.
The Contessa 32 was a really nice RORC era race boat for its day. They sail well and are generally good handling boats with a lot going for them but again they would not fall all that close to the top of the ''best built boats''list in that size range.
Anyway, more to the point, what is it that you are actually trying to find out?