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post #3 of Old 03-24-2006
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BostonNE,

There's no truer statement than "beauty is in the eye of the beholder...", but I'd be interested in understanding what's really catches your eye here. There are a lot of good 30 footers kicking around for 10 grand - this boat might be an excellent candidate for playing dodgem-cars, but not so hot for real life sailing. FWIW PHRFNE rates the Contest 30 at 222, versus 174 for the benchmark Pearson 30. A minute a mile is a big difference, also know as dog slow. You could consider the a boat like a Tartan 30:
http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listing/boatDetails.jsp?currency=USD&units=Feet&currencyid=100&boat_id=1330327&checked_boats=1330327&back=%2Fcore%2Flisting%2Fcache%2FsearchResults.jsp %3FtoPrice%3D%2B%26type%3D%2528Sail%2529%26hmid%3D 0%26sm%3D3%26enid%3D0%26luom%3D126%26currencyid%3D 100%26toLength%3D30%26cit%3Dtrue%26fromLength%3D30 %26ps%3D30%26fromPrice%3D%2B%26ftid%3D0%26man%3Dta rtan%26slim%3Dquick%26rid%3D100&searchtype=

All other things being equal, for less money you can buy a sailing classic that puts a smile on any sailor's face...and spend more time sailing versus put-putting.

If this Contest speaks to you in a compelling way, assuming no significant replacements/upgrades are overdue (just a few of which could make this boat worth nothing), I'd suggest to not offer more than $5k and let the broker think about it - as befits its character, I don't think this vessel is going any where too quickly at $10K.

Good luck.
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