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Contest 43
« on: 15 January, 2013, 19:32:52 »

We're on the point of buying a Contest 43 early 1990s. We would be most grateful for any comments on the general performance of the boat and any problem areas that we should look out for.

We don't have any experience of wing keels and so would appreciate comments on their performance.

Thank you and regards,
Peter and Lucia


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Re: Contest 43
« Reply #1 on: 15 January, 2013, 20:49:04 »
Hello Peter and Lucia,

I have a Contest 36S with Wing Keel, depth is perfect and sailing is like a old S spans classic yacht. Ship is very stable and waves are more easy to handle.
Only thing was the weight, to slow down the ship need more time, or more RPM of the motor.

It is very nice to see and in my opinion no negative issue.

Good luck, Marc Hogema

Look to my boot in sailing action on youtube. contest 36S as finder.

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Re: Contest 43
« Reply #2 on: 17 January, 2013, 11:30:31 »
Hi Peter and Lucia,

The Contest 43 is a very sturdy cruiser with a surprising turn of speed. Several dutch sailors have crossed oceans in them and you can easily get 150M+ per day. As you probably will have seen by now they are quite roomy. The hull shape is quite modern zo they have little drag an can be sailed easily.

If you go for a early 1990 model you will probably need to inspect the usual stuff like the condition of the teak deck, engine, electronics etc. Contest's of that area do not have any typical issues that I know of. Structurally they are very sound with massive layup, solid hull-deck connection and laminated interio which makes for a very solid yacht.

The wing keel is actually based on the work done in NL for the wing-keeled australian America's cupper, so its a thorough design and not some wild idea. I have a 36S wing keel myself. Its perhaps a little more tender hard on the wind but not much slower or less pointing.  I have sailed with other 36S and I have lost from deep fin's but also won from deep fins.

On a reach or running the longer length of the fin keel really helps to get the boat to track in the "groove". Of course the reduced draft is a big plus when cruising.

Hope this helps.


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