Join Date: Feb 2013
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Re: Just purchased one but turns out not to be an islander 29 but a contest 29
I would think that Contest 29 is a better boat than Islander 29. Better design, better build quality. But these are very old boats now and crossing oceans in them will require extensive updates of equipment and a thorough inspection of all systems. Initial price of the boat is often less than 1/3 of what you need to invest in making your boat seaworthy. It makes a lot of sense to buy a boat that is already updated and fixed up.
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