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Keeping an IOR boat by the lee is a good way to death roll. If you are really talking about sailing to distant Pacific Isles (and not simply to Catalina) Then this would be a really poor choice. These boats are priced that cheaply because they are essentially obsolete as race boats, very poor cruising boats, and there are few things more obsolete as an obsolete race boat.
Frankly, there is nothing even remotely ULDB about the Contessa 34. These were not expecially light boats for a race boat of that era. A 34 foot ULDB of that era would have been a bit more than half that weight.
I have never heard that Contessa used resin infusion. I think Contessa went out of business before this technology was perfected.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay