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Contest 32 CS: goed schip?
« on: 22 February, 2011, 03:57:28 »
Beste mensen,

Goedendag. I'm Phil, and I live with my family in the U.S.
We are currently looking to buy a sailboat for living and cruising. We recently looked at a Contest 32 CS Ketch built in 1982 and had a few questions for Contest 32 CS owners. (http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1982/Contest-32-Ketch-2232626/Stonington/CT/United-States)

Construction
Would you feel comfortable taking the boat across oceans? The boat we looked at had an overall nice build quality.
Are there specific changes you made to your boat for cruising?

Sailing performance and handling
How do you feel about the speed of the boat?
Are there things you do to improve the sailing performance?
Is it a comfortable ride?
How is the ease of handling? Is it easy to single-hand?
Is there anything else about the sailing characteristics that I should be aware of?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of a ketch-rigged boat of this size?

dank u

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Re: Contest 32 CS: goed schip?
« Reply #1 on: 22 February, 2011, 09:14:16 »
Hi Phil. The Contest 32CS at itself is a good boat, well build and very sturdy. Feeling comfortable out on the oceans, well that's a very personal matter I think. Some people are sailing with a 22ft boat around the world (serious, they do) while others own a 40ft boat but are afraid to sail at all. One of the CYOC-members finished a trip with hist C32 from the Netherlands to the Azores and back last year and he is planning another trip to the Baltic for this year. So the boat won't be the problem  ;)
In this case: check all the rigging and replace when your doubt it. Als get an expert to check the engine. The MD17c is a very rugged model but it needs it maintenance. If done well in the past it will bring you everywhere.

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Re: Contest 32 CS: goed schip?
« Reply #2 on: 22 February, 2011, 10:40:19 »
hi Phil,

I was standing with our C 29 next to the guy who took the C32 to the Azores. Both last and this winter, before and after. She looks very good and as far as one can raed on his blog, he had a safe and pleasant trip. However. Last autumn he encountered blisters on his hull. So he went for the whole programm of renovating the hull. I would say that costs, as a roough estimation, some 2000$ per 10 ft length. So, have checked, if there is an apparent danger for the blister disease. Even if so, that does not mean, not to buy her. It is just helpful for negotiating the price.

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Alex

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Re: Contest 32 CS: goed schip?
« Reply #3 on: 22 February, 2011, 16:20:55 »
Hi Alex,
Do you have the link to the C32 person's blog.
Thanks
-Phil

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Re: Contest 32 CS: goed schip?
« Reply #5 on: 24 February, 2011, 21:26:39 »
Does anyone have a copy or know of any published reviews of the Contest 32CS?
In any language (google translate is awesome).

Thanks.

Heeft iemand een kopie of weet van een gepubliceerde overzichten van de Contest 32CS?
In elke taal (te vertalen google is geweldig).

Bedankt.

-Phil

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Re: Contest 32 CS: goed schip?
« Reply #6 on: 01 March, 2011, 12:34:31 »
Hi phil,

as far as I can see, the YACHT (www.yacht.de) published a test of the 32 in issue 21/1980. I will try to get it for you. Well it would be a PDf and in german, however, better than nothing, right?

best regards

Alex

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Re: Contest 32 CS: goed schip?
« Reply #7 on: 01 March, 2011, 14:43:01 »
hi,

me again. The PDf is not complete. i read the article meanwhile in the original issue from 1980. Funny stuff by the way...

They tested the 32 as Ketsch for five days going out to Terschelling from Medemblik. They were pretty happy with the boat, found it good Quality. She could take full sails till the end of 5 Bft. Which they found good back then. Today one would say she is a little on the low side Sail-Surface wise. However with 5 Bft they found her good sailing with easy to use cokcpit. The only thing to criticise was the noise level of the engine. Conyplex immeadiately changed the way they install the noise dampening material. So a 1982 model should be OK for that or the material can be replaced easily. Mail me at worms@yacht.de and I can send you the part of the test i have, if you want. Again: have her checked for blisters, for several reasons the old hand-lay up tends to be welcoming for that (climate in laminating halls, quality of resin etc.). Check the rudder (leaking?), check the schroefaskoker (dont know the englisch word) and the binnen- en buitengalans (idem), the mastfoot, the rigging. And of course the engine. But as you are looking for a Contest, I am sure you know what you are doing anyway. Mine is from 1967 and I would buy her time and again...

Regards

Alex

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Re: Contest 32 CS: goed schip?
« Reply #8 on: 01 March, 2011, 15:54:46 »
schroefaskoker = propellorshaft
binnen- en buitengland = inner- and outerbearing

About the blisers: excellent to reduce the price, almost never an issue. These older Contest hulls are almost one inch thick, fullglass, hand-layup laminate so a few blisters in the gelcoat won't do anything to the structural integrity  ;)

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Re: Contest 32 CS: goed schip?
« Reply #9 on: 02 March, 2011, 04:27:39 »
BJ, Thanks for the translation (as google translate was no help in that regard).
Alex, Thanks for getting me the review.

-Phil

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Re: Contest 32 CS: goed schip?
« Reply #10 on: 09 March, 2011, 10:07:38 »
There is also a scan in Dutch about the C32 on the CYOC website, here . Thanks to our member Hans Bais.

 


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