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captainVT 03-20-2009 09:41 PM

Contest 30 info (by Conyplex)
Looking for info on / review of 1969 Contest 30 (by Conyplex) or contact with owners.

camaraderie 03-20-2009 11:10 PM

The builder only makes good boats! Don't know the 30...but they have always had a great reputation for building high quality boats.

brak 03-20-2009 11:14 PM

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).

jrd22 03-20-2009 11:19 PM

My father has one, he's had it forever. Sails like a dream, very responsive and solid as a rock. The interior is beautiful wood and Dutch tile. He just had it repowered last year, put a Yanmar in to replace the old Volvo. The only problem I recall is that the traveler in the cockpit ripped out one day, can't remember what caused it, but it was a simple repair. Very nice boat, comfortable and it's done well in the club races. Dad sails it single handed most of the time. He's 87 and he loves that boat.

bubb2 03-20-2009 11:33 PM

I 2sd what jrd22 said! I aways been impressed with your dads boat!

steve301 03-20-2009 11:57 PM

Contest 30 info
Hi -- I own a 1972 Contest 30, Mk II. I would be glad to tell you about the boat. What would you like to know?

midnightsailor 03-21-2009 12:54 AM

I have owned a Contest 29 (1967) for about 10 years and love the boat. Sails great and has a lovely interior. I presently have her on the hard while completeing a fullrefit and restoration and have her for sale on sailnet. I have finaaly decided tomove up to a larger boat more conducive to my liveaboard lifestyle. I can answer many questions aftewr having her apart from stem to stern and if you want to , you can contact me with any questions you may have. I also have a full size copy of the originakl deck plans from conyplex if you want to have me make you a copy. best of luck with your Contest, Rick

captainVT 03-21-2009 10:44 PM

The posts have confirmed general quality that available, but limited, research as suggested. This particular boat still retains its original wooden mast, however, it is in excellent condition with annual maintenance by current owner. Overall, the boat is in excellent condition, still has atomic 4, but also in good shape.

As info is limited for research, I was just wondering about general stability with the high cabin top and any risk areas on the boat to watch out for (will have survey done).

Wooden mast is a concern in the long run (great shape as noted, I inspected mast for cracks, etc., as mast is down for winter maintenance), but researching with local shipyard for estimate of replacement if the mast were to fail.

midnightsailor 03-21-2009 10:55 PM

My 1967 Contest 29 ,which is virually identical exceept for the bottom (full keel) and still has it's original wooden stick which is still in great shape. Like most things concerning boats , it is all about maintenence. If your mast has been maintained and is in good shape now there is no reason why youe shouold have any trouble with it. Just keep it varnished, I took mine down (completely stripped it ) and gave it fourteen coats of varnish, it looks georgeous and always gets alot of nice comments. ALso, if you have any trouble spots with it, wood is very easy to repair. Rick

captainVT 03-21-2009 11:05 PM

Thanks, this has all been very helpful.

midnightsailor - if I go through with purchase, I will be in touch re: deckplans and insight on refit. It is essentially bare bones w/limited electrical and nav, so will have projects, but is totally ready for the water.

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