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I had an "interesting" experience with Contest 33. Let's just say that at least one of these boats is NOT built as well as their reputation suggests. I had some conversations with Dick Zaal (original designer of Contests of that era) and he seemed to agree with me on that point.
It really isn't important what the issue was (though it was *extremely* critical to safety and integrity of the boat, and was caused by original poor build) - just want to underscore that it is paramount to get a survey and not rely on "reputation" of a boat or company.
(That said, my surveyor missed the issue, as critical as it was, or rather noted it but did not realize the severity - though in all honesty it was difficult to do externally and took a lot of digging to realize later on).