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That sounds like a rough sail across the Gulf. Is there a lot of fog? What was your trip like? I'd love to see a picture of your boat. I didn't know Conyplex built a mid cockpit. When was it built.
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well my motor across the gulf of alaska was fine-20hrs. of daylight help. there was not much wind and my time frame didn't allow me to wait for wind. i fished commercially in the gulf for 10 years so i know what that body of water is capable of. from yakatat to seldovia i think is 430mi. or so and that was the only offshore work we did. big greasy swell and 10 kts. of wind. not much fog in the gulf. you find more in the inside passage with lots of rain-and cruise ships. the scary thing about crossing the gulf is the amount of deadheads out there and the occasional container gone wild.if you continue north from yakatat you hit prince william sound which is the place to cruise....my contest was built in 1986 and the bottom and rigging were redone in 2000. not being an experienced sailor i can't say much about the rig but the boat in general is strong and sea kindly and just seems to sail itself so far. i will find out i guess. have fun with yours.
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hi everyone,
we have a contest 34, bought 3 years ago. We had sail during summer mainly in norway and sweden.
We didn't make a lot of refit espacialy compared with you. waouh! what a work you did. I"m really impressed.
During these 3 years we had only one serious problem. The starboard chaineplate ( not really the chaineplatte, the metalic piece inside the boat between the chaineplatte and the hull, i don't know the name in english)broke while we cross the north sea. Hopefully the boat is sturdy, and the deck did resist pretty well. so we kept our mast .

But i advise you to check carefully these pieces in your boat. the portside one did have tiny crack also.

For the rest, we had only minor problems.
Old sails torn => we learn to sew
diesel tank pipe broke => 100 liters of diesel directly keel trap

But now , this winter i will have more time for working at the boat.
I'm wondering about many things to add or refit.
I'm very curious about your solent stay... is it easy to handle? what jib do you put ? how did you manage the deck fitting and the mast fitting?

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Don't know if anyone is still reading this thread but I am looking at a 33 Tomorrow. If I have a response I will let you know what I thought of the old girl.
I believe it is a 1972 so I will look for a tag or a plate someplace to take down the numbers.

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good luck on the contest. let me know how it goes.
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good luck on the contest. let me know how it goes.

The owner canceled on me last minute but I managed to track the old girl down in her slip at the marina. I was wondering about the mast on her it looks like it folds down.
It needs new Halyards, Sheets, Blocks, It's missing a chock, and I have yet to see the salon. The cockpit looks a little small but if it is just me that's fine.It has a tiller and would need to be changed to wheel steering in time.The owner also said the engine doesn't run.
How hard is it to get a rebuild kit for a volvo penta if that is what the boat has?
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The owner canceled on me last minute but I managed to track the old girl down in her slip at the marina. I was wondering about the mast on her it looks like it folds down.
It needs new Halyards, Sheets, Blocks, It's missing a chock, and I have yet to see the salon. The cockpit looks a little small but if it is just me that's fine.It has a tiller and would need to be changed to wheel steering in time.The owner also said the engine doesn't run.
How hard is it to get a rebuild kit for a volvo penta if that is what the boat has?
This boat sounds badly neglected. The engine alone could cost more to repair than the boat is worth, given the other problems you've observed casually. Also, a neglected boat will have other serious issues and can actually have a NEGATIVE TRUE DOLLAR VALUE--in that it will cost more to make the boat sailable that the boat could ever be worth.

If you want a boat with wheel steering, BUY A BOAT WITH A WHEEL. Buying a tiller-steered boat, when you want a wheel steered boat, is just stupid. Converting a boat to wheel steering can be a real PITA. The cockpit isn't large enough to have a large wheel to give you decent leverage, it adds a lot of weight aft, and the cockpit sole may need to be reinforced to handle the loads of a steering pedestal.

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To add to what Sailing Dog mentioned the boat is likely to have blisters. As I mentioned in an earlier post our boat had blisters and after peeling we saw they were much worse than suspected. In the 70's builders did not know what they know today about fiberglass. If you have a void because the glass is not completely wetted out you will get blisters. We would have been better off to buy a newer boat for the money we have invested so far. Caveat emptor (sp?).

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My main reason for looking at the boat is I want a cruiser that can go anywhere. Contests seem to be up to the task.
I don't have to have wheel steering a vane would be just as good as a wheel long distance. I was mostly thinking about auto pilot and ease of cruising.
The bottom and decks need to be repainted but that's something that has to be done anyway. It also allows me to change the color to what I want.
I have to think that blisters this far down the road have been attended to. But if not I will just grin and bear the problem with a grinder in one hand and a fiberglass repair kit in the other.
the engine is a problem but I can always add a outboard and use that to move her into and out of port.

Thanks Guys I will let you know what the interior looks like i am supposed to see it Sunday. That to me is the real deal breaker here. If I have to replace it all then I will pass on the boat.
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Blisters

One more thing about blisters. We bought our boat in January while it was below freezing. We had a surveyor who used a moisture meter, he did not find blisters. We found a few later on and ground then down etc. After we had the bottom blasted it became evident that we had more blisters. We bought a moisture meter and low and behold in warmer weather there were many more. After the peeling we found the bottom was covered with small blisters some of which went quite deep. The bottom is as thick as 1" in some places, its a good thing it is. I suggest you not be so cavalier about the bottom. It may be fine but don't assume you can take care of it yourself. Find out where the boat has been. If it was kept in the water year round for many years expect blisters. Our boat was a live aboard for 8 years in the Chesapeake.
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