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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
moneys worth.
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.
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The contest is a different type of sailboat, heavier with a long keel but I don't see it as a slow boat really. Similar to Albergs, early Seafarers, Spencers, and early Pearson boats. A lot of people would sooner be in the Contest in a blow offshore than the Hunter. But I don't think the Hunter is a bad boat just designed for a different use - coastal vs offshore.
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I pretty much agree with mitiempos assessment of the Contest. The keel on my 29 is basically a long fin keel with attached rudder. The keel is very narrow and the bilge quite firm. A few years after my 1969 29', they actually seperated the keel and rudder so that there is less wetted surface area, and the keel is hung from a skeg. Because the hulls are relatively narrow( 8' 9") on my 29, it is easily driven and the boats are actually quite fast for a cruising boat and weatherly to boot. As Mitiempo points out, they are very similar to albergs, and such of that period, my 29 is almost identical in most ways to a Triton.
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Exclamation My two cents!

I have lived aboard sailboat in south Florida for the last decade. The truth is that the 1980's Catalina, and hunters are cheap built crap. They came out the factory with the cheapest winches, and equipment they could put on them, and the build quality of the glass is inferior to the 70's production boats. Go with something that was built better like an old colombia, or a morgan or cape dory.
The Morgans are priced to sell and are more blue water quality than a hunter. here is a link on a nice 34 morgan for sale that is better than both the boats you are looking at, and for $11,500.00 you would have a much better sailboat for cruising on. Morgan 34 sailboat for sale I have lived on a 1979 San Juan 24, and a 1968 Colombia 28ft, 1975 Grampian 28ft. And If I could go back I would buy a Morgan over all of them. If your going to go out into blue water I would say look around before buying anything cause if its priced really low, and seems to good to be true, It probably is ! Good Luck and Fair winds.
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Re: Bluewater - 1980 Hunter 33 or 1973 Contest 33

I'm looking at a 1980 Hunter 33. The boat needs some work and has been on the hard for a few years. I am not an experienced sailer but I have owened power boats all my life and I am handy at doing repairs. Is this a good boat or should I look for a cleaner one? Thanks, Ron
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Re: Bluewater - 1980 Hunter 33 or 1973 Contest 33

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I'm looking at a 1980 Hunter 33. The boat needs some work and has been on the hard for a few years. I am not an experienced sailer but I have owened power boats all my life and I am handy at doing repairs. Is this a good boat or should I look for a cleaner one? Thanks, Ron
This is one of the "Cheribuni" Hunters.. conservative, solid generally well regarded boats.

"Needs some work" is a fairly open-ended statement that could mean a new battery or a complete deck recore... details will help, as will pictures, but caution is called for. It's easy to get into a 'steal of a deal' and end up paying and paying until the boat is 'right'.. often more in the end than buying a better version to start with. Not to mention the sailing time lost in the meantime
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