I had an "interesting" experience with Contest 33. Let's just say that at least one of these boats is NOT built as well as their reputation suggests. I had some conversations with Dick Zaal (original designer of Contests of that era) and he seemed to agree with me on that point.
It really isn't important what the issue was (though it was *extremely* critical to safety and integrity of the boat, and was caused by original poor build) - just want to underscore that it is paramount to get a survey and not rely on "reputation" of a boat or company.
(That said, my surveyor missed the issue, as critical as it was, or rather noted it but did not realize the severity - though in all honesty it was difficult to do externally and took a lot of digging to realize later on).
My father has one, he's had it forever. Sails like a dream, very responsive and solid as a rock. The interior is beautiful wood and Dutch tile. He just had it repowered last year, put a Yanmar in to replace the old Volvo. The only problem I recall is that the traveler in the cockpit ripped out one day, can't remember what caused it, but it was a simple repair. Very nice boat, comfortable and it's done well in the club races. Dad sails it single handed most of the time. He's 87 and he loves that boat.
I have owned a Contest 29 (1967) for about 10 years and love the boat. Sails great and has a lovely interior. I presently have her on the hard while completeing a fullrefit and restoration and have her for sale on sailnet. I have finaaly decided tomove up to a larger boat more conducive to my liveaboard lifestyle. I can answer many questions aftewr having her apart from stem to stern and if you want to , you can contact me with any questions you may have. I also have a full size copy of the originakl deck plans from conyplex if you want to have me make you a copy. best of luck with your Contest, Rick
The posts have confirmed general quality that available, but limited, research as suggested. This particular boat still retains its original wooden mast, however, it is in excellent condition with annual maintenance by current owner. Overall, the boat is in excellent condition, still has atomic 4, but also in good shape.
As info is limited for research, I was just wondering about general stability with the high cabin top and any risk areas on the boat to watch out for (will have survey done).
Wooden mast is a concern in the long run (great shape as noted, I inspected mast for cracks, etc., as mast is down for winter maintenance), but researching with local shipyard for estimate of replacement if the mast were to fail.
My 1967 Contest 29 ,which is virually identical exceept for the bottom (full keel) and still has it's original wooden stick which is still in great shape. Like most things concerning boats , it is all about maintenence. If your mast has been maintained and is in good shape now there is no reason why youe shouold have any trouble with it. Just keep it varnished, I took mine down (completely stripped it ) and gave it fourteen coats of varnish, it looks georgeous and always gets alot of nice comments. ALso, if you have any trouble spots with it, wood is very easy to repair. Rick
midnightsailor - if I go through with purchase, I will be in touch re: deckplans and insight on refit. It is essentially bare bones w/limited electrical and nav, so will have projects, but is totally ready for the water.
I would be happy to provide any help I can. Why don't you PM me and i can make arrangements to get you a copy of the deck plan. I have the original but I can have it copied at a local printer as it is very large an dthen put it in a tube and mail it to you. I have completetly redone the electrical system on my Contest using all Blue SEas Panels and other components I would beglad to share this with you. I am not surprised to hear the survey went well, they are well built and robust boats using excellent materials in their construction, and being a solid layup there are no core issues to deal with. Congrats and good luck, Rick
I just purchased a 1966 contest 29 on the Hudson in rockland county. I tried to send you a private message but since i had not yet posted it wouldnt let me. I'd appreciate being about to ask you a question now and then and get a copy of those deck plans you mentioned if possible.
So I just purchased a Conyplex. I'm told she's a 1970 30' MK II. That mean anything to any of you? I have found it very hard to locate information about this boat. I thought she was pretty, and the price was more than right for the condition.
I'm a contest33 owner and I'd be extremely interested to hear your experience and the problem you have found out. I tried to send you a private message but being new in this forum I'm not allowed to do it.
Could you please send me a private message explaining in details the whole matter?
Looking forward to hear from you, I thank you in advance,