I am a duthmen and am familiar with Contest. My father currently has a Contest 34. Before he had a Contest 28. Contest is a very high quality boat which could be used for ofshore sailing. Compared to high production boats such as Catalina Hunter Bavaria, you will find that contest is much higher grade. The new Contest''s that are being sold are in the same quality range as Halberg Rassy, Najad. However also in the same price range.