Happy new Year all.
Need a bit of quick input on this boat
A 1970 contest 30 in Cape Cod. Looks like it was made by a solid company in Holland from what I found on the web and my assumption is that it is a solid glass boat. Any other info? Also it doesn''t appear to come with any electronics.
Anyone sailed one of these? Has a modified fin keel and a skeg hung rudder.
The Contest 30 was built in 1969-70. The 25 & 29 were built in 1967 & 1968, then the 27 & 30 in '69 &'70. VERY strongly built, with NO core, 1" hand-laid fiberglas at the water line, 5/8" at the rail. Original engine a a MARSTAL 1cyl gas unit. Very stable, just under 50% ballast/displacement ratio. While the 25 & 29 has spruce spars, the 27 & 30 had Aluminum ones, made by Sparlite in England. Lots of room below deck (until you go forward, then learn to duck!). My 27 is Hull #2, 6ft 2 inch headroom in the main cabin, then DUCK 4 ft 7 inch thru to the head (stb) / hanging locker (Port), then a huge V-Berth. The only down-sides are gate valves on all thru-hulls, cast iron ballast (encapsulated), and OUCH! low headroom fwd of the main cabin. Pluses: STABLE, Lots of storage space, real chart table, Extreme engine accessiblity, and roomy below decks. All in all, a nice boat, built to take the seas.
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:
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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.
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