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3 Days Ago 01:42 PM
Cap'n Mike
Re: Contest 34 any out there?

redhairgal,
I will be doing some work this year on my Contest 34. May I ask a few questions:
1. Did you have a specific reason, other than age, for replacing the through hulls? Were yours interconnected with a bonding (grounding) system as mine have been?
2. Do you have any images you can share on the aft cabin and engine storage you added? Any basic dimensions of drawers, etc.? That's easy woodworking for me, so I won't need a lot of detail.

I appreciate benefitting from your experience. Your recount of your refit is valuable, as many of the almost 90 examples of this model are likely sailed or sailable.
02-14-2011 11:27 AM
w1651 Pics and video to come.
02-14-2011 09:31 AM
redhairgal God luck with her. I hope you have many years of smooth sailing.
RHG
02-14-2011 07:01 AM
sailingdog Good luck on the purchase and new boat. Post photos when you can.
02-13-2011 10:50 PM
w1651 Well I went and saw the boat today. I got into it and the wood and craftsmanship is amazing. I made them an offer and I think they will take it. The inside sold the boat to me.
The cushions are all in good shape the cabinets and wood are pristine. I will have to fix a couple of small woodworking issues but nothing major and I will need to replace all the inside lights. The head needs to be upgraded as well.
The owners are going to clean the inside of the boat and scrape the hull before I buy it. The boat was donated to a charity and I cannot believe the price they want for it.
02-11-2011 11:34 PM
redhairgal
blisters

You're right, blisters are hard to avoid. I just wish we knew more before we bought our boat, we would have kept looking. Right now the boat is in Portland ME drying out. We have someone doing the work for us. It was more than we could handle. Fortunately, we had an unexpected inheritance at just the right time to help pay for this, especially since the damage was much worse than expected.
Redhairgal
02-11-2011 07:35 PM
w1651
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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.
Redhairgal
I will ask where it has been and how long it has been in the water. I saw some evidence that it needs a good bottom cleaning but a good sail would help it out a lot more.
I am anything but cavalier but blisters but it seems they are part of the game we play wanting a good boat at a reasonable cost these days.
Did you repair the blisters yourself or have a professional do it to the hull?
02-11-2011 04:32 PM
redhairgal
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.
Redhairgal
02-11-2011 04:21 PM
w1651 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.
02-11-2011 03:02 PM
redhairgal
Buyer beware

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?).

Redhairgal
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