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11-01-2014 10:53 PM
Re: Contest Yachts

I am unfamiliar with the older Contest yachts, but I have owned a 1984 Contest 48 for 18 years and while I have sailed on a wide range of boats, from Swans to Hunters, there are few boats that I would be willing to take off-shore than mine. Not only was she built to take on the roughest conditions, but she does so without complaining and with a large degree of comfort for my wife and me. We have sailed her through a 987-millibar low without any damage or injuries and have covered tens of thousands of blue-water miles in above-average times. Her balance is remarkable and she heaves-to easily.

Whereas we don't get particularly good support from the Conyplex yard where she was built, I do get surprisingly quick responses from her designer, Dick Zaal. I don't know if Mr. Zaal designed the Contest 30 in question or not but, if he did, I would suggest that you contact him regarding some of the questions posed.

Fair winds and calm seas.
11-01-2014 10:03 PM
Re: Contest Yachts

It is a 3 year old post, but at least most posters used punctuation.
11-01-2014 09:35 PM
Re: Contest Yachts

how come no matter what you buy whether it be a pair of shoes there alway someone waiting to pee on your bonfire you were happy with your boat till now only you and you a loan can tell how your boat sails every one have different experiences and views has he ever stopped to think it might have been his boat that was wrong for him and he was pushing it to hard ? just sail into the sunset and enjoy
12-31-2011 11:43 PM
tra Please contact me at to respond to questions about yor mediteranean travels.
12-20-2011 04:31 PM
igorkiporouk You can see pictures hereФото@Mail.Ru: igor kiporouk : Boat: фото
About cabin hatch: I rebuild my, it was rotten. Used only some parts of the old frame.
12-20-2011 04:19 PM
igorkiporouk Perhaps i don't have some plan o instructions, just some rough sketches. I took something from Walt Murray (principal dimensions and crankshaft gear), some ideas from windpilot and others brands. I started to build it before i bought the boat and changed consruction several times adapting to materials that managed obtain cheaply o gratis. Some cuttings of SS pipes, pieces of plastic. I found on the beach plastik rudder from small sailing dinghy (or cat) and used it for pendulum oar blade (before that i broke two wooden blades). How i told before, i continue to make small improvements every season on the basis of experiense. If you want to build your own, i think the OS Walt free plan will be very useful. (look for it in internet,). It designed to use minimum tools and readily available materials. If you will like it, i still have some of its detailed drawings.
My manual bilge pumpe came with the boat. It is mounted in cocpit, under the bunk (see pics). Handle pipe i keep in locker. Suction pipe go in the same bilge sump, where electrical pump with floating switch mounted. Output Thru-Hull fitting is above waterline
12-20-2011 04:16 PM
tra I would like to see more pictures of igorkipurok's boat, inside and out. I like stealing other peoples ideas. lA legitimate criticism of the early Contest boat is the use of mahogany on exterior wood. If not protected by paint or varnish it will eventually delaminate and, or rot. Teak is much better, it doesn't rot, it doesn't rust, it just waits for better days. 'Kinda like fiberglass

My cabin hatch has problems on the sides and aft. For now I'm using butyl backed silver foil tape on the edges. Wal Mart. The former owner painted the hatch and comming dark brown but did not address the water damage caused by water intrusion and subsiquent discoloration of the hatch's underside (in the cabin)

For me, these old Contests are like fine old cars or airplanes 'All clean and shiny and I'd be proud to take her anywhere, even to a Hincky Yacht gathering, since a member of that legendary family once owned mine.
12-20-2011 02:00 PM
duchess of montrose if i were to build one like yours are there plans you used or a step by step thing i could follow, and how did you set up the manual bilge pump? where does it empty from the hull above the waterline im assuming. but yes if you could tll me how you made your windvane that would be awesome
12-20-2011 01:47 PM
igorkiporouk My windvane is servopendulum, build it from scrap. It is not perfect, every year i modify it, but I would not go sailing without it. I don't have electrical autopilot.
I have only one set of sails, because last summer I shortened the mast, to bring the rig dimensions to original (it was somewhat bigger), and ordered main and genoa from Lee Sails. (Good quality and low price). Gennaker also Lee Sails.
The electrical bilge pump is small one, just to pump out the water that drips thru shaft seal (i keep it little bit loose for shaft lubrication) I have also manual diaphragm pump.
12-20-2011 01:13 AM
duchess of montrose igorkiporouk how did you mke your windvane im curious, and i dont have a furler on mine would you suggest i get a storm jib or use the 90 percent working jib for heaving to also in your boat do you have a bige pump how is yours set up, since im planning on installing one on mine. ad i will definitely take a look at the book thaks for the tip
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