I would choose the Cape Dory
over the Contessa unless I was specifically planning to cirumnavigate, in which case I might consider the Contessa for the trip, but I would trade
it for a Cape Dory
when the trip was completed.
The Cape Dory has more space, but more importantly, it has a real companionway
. This means that you can rig a dodger
, or purchase
a boom supported temporary hatch
tent, and have a space in your boat that you can stand up in easily when the weather
is wet or dry outside.
The Contessa does not have a sliding hatch
over the companionway
ladder, so you are going to be crawling in and out on yor hands and knees. This can get old really fast.