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I don't think I would say it is a disaster exactly. Do you have the displacement and ballast figures? The advert states 30' x 28' WL (?) x 9'3" beam and draft of 4'3". I doubt the waterline length is correct though - looks more like 24 or 25.


Jeff is correct about the capsize screening formula though - it only uses 2 factors, beam and displacement. For a given beam heavier wins. Sad actually that it has achieved such notoriety.
 

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The ballast/displacement ratio of 44% on a narrow beam, even with a fairly shallow keel, is good.
I think the big issue is how it is actually constructed although I don't think it can be that shoddy.

We can't all have a Farr 11.6.:D
 

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Yachtworld lists one Contessa 32 in Ontario for just over 39k. There are only 2 less expensive and both are in the UK. The rest are between 41k and 72k except for a 4 year old one at 165k

A good boat certainly but not an inexpensive one.
 

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1000 feet of 3/8" chain? At over 1 1/2 lbs per foot that is over 1500 lbs.:confused:

1000 feet of nylon is pretty light.:)

100 to 200 US gallons in the stern? That is over 600 lbs for 100 gallons and 1200 lbs for 200 gallons - in the stern?

For sheet to tiller steering use surgical tubing. Shock cord doesn't last long in the sun.
 
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