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Best Built Boats?
I, quite frankly, am not sure of the value of a "Lloyds" certified boat. As I understand it, the Lloyds certification is for the HULL, not the boat in toto. I have inspected (I am not a surveyor, nor do I play one on TV) two different 80''s era Moody''s, also Llyods certified. Both hulls were fine, but I found the rest of the boat and the remainder of the construction lacking. Yes, they were better than most, but ... I thought the construction of the cabin top and deck, the Hull to deck joint and a few other places very thin and the finish in both cases was just not very good. I would not take either boat (a 36 and a 41) anywhere.
I have never been aboard a Contessa 32, they are hard to find. The design looks very appealing.
The Westsail lore is high, their number''s are good (if you are into the heavy boat club as I am). But... I believe Jeff H pointed out above, many were kits and owner finished. Thus quality will tend to vary.
All the best