If sailing performance has any bearing
on your decision, I would go with the Hunter.
And at that price you really can't go wrong,
even if you gave it away after a couple of
years of use, you would have gotten your
I was suprised to note that the designer of
the Contest is also credited with the
Flying Dutchman and FJ, both are awesome
classic designs. However it looks like he
missed the boat with his keel boat designs.
The Contest will be slow under sail.
Another thing to note, is that the Hunters of
the '70s and '80s were vastly different animals
than the Dockuminiums of today, they were well
designed and built sailboats.
Islander 30 II 'COOL'