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marti972 11-23-2009 05:23 PM

Bluewater - 1980 Hunter 33 or 1973 Contest 33
I am very close to buying. I really want help! All things being equal. Is their a serious quality difference between these? Contest is made by Conyplex/ and we all know Hunter.

The Hunter was cruised before Belize, Costa Rica but is that a lot of wear and tear.

I need the boat for serious, long term crusing/liveaboard in the Caribbean., but not much moving around. I'm retired and in don't have to sail every week even, maybe once a month. These are in my price range (real cheap) and motivated sellers.

Thanks for all help.

paulk 11-23-2009 07:11 PM

I'd vote for the Contest - subject to survey. There is quite a serious difference between the two. If you're not moving around much, the Hunter would probably provide a lot more room. After a hurricane though, you might have more left with the Contest.

bogdog 11-23-2009 07:24 PM

As always the case with older boats, it really depends on the care the PO gave ether one. How about some pictures? You know how we all love that. Bog

mitiempo 11-23-2009 07:35 PM

1 Attachment(s)
Not sure where you are. Is this the Contest?
1974 Contest Sail Boat For Sale -

marti972 11-23-2009 07:59 PM

Pictures you wanted
It seems I must make a reply to get to my quota of 2, so that I can post pictures, so here is a "reply". Then we'll get down to showing the boats. :D

marti972 11-23-2009 08:00 PM

Okay real pics time
Well the picture you posted was not the one but do like to see a nice bottom.

1980 Hunter 33

Okay, so please more input, before I go and kick the "tires".

sailingdog 11-23-2009 08:02 PM

I'd think that the Contest would probably be a better choice.

marti972 11-23-2009 08:06 PM

The Contest Pic should really work now!
My attempt at showing the pictures of the Contest. Ebay links of pictures don't show right in this forum, therefore I'm sending the link to the closed auction.

1973 Contest 33 foot used sailboat,cruiser:eBay Motors (item 180427198211 end time Nov-18-09 18:00:00 PST)

mitiempo 11-23-2009 09:05 PM

Sorry it was the wrong picture - I searched Yachtworld not Ebay.
The Contest looks interesting. I agree the dc panel and wiring needs replacing but the interior looks pretty well kept. I also agree the propane has to be taken care of - new lines (from the new locker) would be a good idea as well. If you insure they will hate the water heater but they're ok if you don't insure and respect them. It's hard to tell from the picture but there looks like there is a vent above the water heater but if not it's installed where one could be added easily.Good sail selection and unlike most boats on Ebay at low prices this boat is in the water and used often. Engine sounds ok but should be checked out. It looks like it has had some use. The worst part of the boat seems to be the deck needing paint. That's mostly labour but not at this time of the year. If I was looking now and in that area I'd be interested. Looks pretty good at the asking price
Do we get a link to the Hunter?

marti972 11-23-2009 10:13 PM

Hunter Website
Here's are the Hunter details kind sir.

1980 Hunter sailboat for sale in South Carolina

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