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Old 14-04-2012, 09:33   #76
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Re: Conyplex Corporation Contest 33

I do not believe that you had the idea to leave the stainless piece on the boat?
In case you would have been burning your boat to ashes.
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Old 29-05-2012, 14:33   #77
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Re: Conyplex Corporation Contest 33 bunk lenght

Dear all,

I am very intersted in a Contest 33 but because some of my friends and me are quite tall (up to 2,05m) I am wondering how long the bunks on a standard Contest 33 are. Can anyone tell me their lengths in cm?

It would be a great help for me.
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Old 30-05-2012, 14:54   #78
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Dear all,

I am very intersted in a Contest 33 but because some of my friends and me are quite tall (up to 2,05m) I am wondering how long the bunks on a standard Contest 33 are. Can anyone tell me their lengths in cm?

It would be a great help for me.
My Vbirth is over 6 feet long or over 200 centimeters. The salon is about 6.5 feet long or 201 centimeters.
So your friends will have a tight squeeze.
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Old 30-05-2012, 15:35   #79
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Re: Conyplex Corporation Contest 33

Thanks a lot. How long is the bunk in the back, usually on one side of the boat? In German we call it "Hundekoje" which means something like dog's bunk because it is like a dog house.
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Old 31-05-2012, 09:12   #80
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Thanks a lot. How long is the bunk in the back, usually on one side of the boat? In German we call it "Hundekoje" which means something like dog's bunk because it is like a dog house.

It is also over 200 centimeters. It has a built in shelf and it is on the port side of the boat. The cushion doubles as a seat for the navigation table.
Both salon bunks pull out for added comfort and make a decent size bunk.
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Thank you very much. That was very helpful and interesting.
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Old 01-06-2012, 04:12   #82
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Please remember this is a boat that was built to go anywhere.
The ultimate goal is a world cruiser that is able to go on $500.00 a month or less.
I don't know about that man. Contests were European production boats akin to Catalinas out here: lightly built and easily sailed. I am not saying you can't do it, I am just saying this is not a boat built for offshore service.

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I don't know about that man. Contests were European production boats akin to Catalinas out here: lightly built and easily sailed. I am not saying you can't do it, I am just saying this is not a boat built for offshore service.

Best of luck with all of your repairs etc.
I appreciate what you're saying but looking at modern production boats I have to say the hull is thick the deck is solid and I trust this boat more then a modern one. I will admit there are things I wish weren't the way they are.
A keel stepped mast would be nice.
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I haven't been here in a little while I have been doing some elbow maintenance to the old girl. I did take the cap off the bow to get the fore stay bracket welded and reinforced.
There's also a piece of stainless rod that runs from the cap down the hull inside the bow to where the bolt goes through the base and ties the cap and bracket all together.
I have no pic of it but will get you one shortly.
I will have to drill around the piece because whoever installed the cap used plumbers putty or paste around it to seal the water out. After forty years it needs to be replaced and reinforced. Not a bad track record at all.

Here is a pic of the cap.

Where the shaft was welded 001 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

And here is a pic of where the rod used to be welded to the cap before it corroded away.

Where the shaft was welded 001 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

As you can see in the middle the rod completely corroded away letting the cap flex and create the cracking I saw and need to repair.

crack in cover 006 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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Where the shaft was welded 003 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

As I said I'll see about getting the cap reinforced where the rod or bar is welded to it and have the cracking repaired. But I want to paint the deck while I have the cap off and lifeline bow rail and everything else removed.
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Old 18-06-2012, 08:42   #85
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I don't know about that man. Contests were European production boats akin to Catalinas out here: lightly built and easily sailed. I am not saying you can't do it, I am just saying this is not a boat built for offshore service.

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Far away from reality - Contests are heavy build and belong to the better boats.
Comparble to Moody and the like.
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I don't know about that man. Contests were European production boats akin to Catalinas out here: lightly built and easily sailed. I am not saying you can't do it, I am just saying this is not a boat built for offshore service.

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Thats not true. They look very similar, but the Contest 33 was designed for the ocean and is much more seaworthy than a Catalina. You get a really safe feeling on board. Every handrail is in the right location, she's build for a rough ride, like a tank – and she's a great sailor. I've taken her through some rough weather on the north sea.

Actually, I own my second Contest 33 (#64, before I had #13) and plan to sail her around the world, starting 2014. The boat is berthed in Germany.
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I don't know about that man. Contests were European production boats akin to Catalinas out here: lightly built and easily sailed. I am not saying you can't do it, I am just saying this is not a boat built for offshore service.

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Couldn't be more wrong. Contests are strongly built well put together ocean going boats.

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Re: Conyplex Corporation Contest 33

Sorry I must have misspoke, my experience was on a contest 31 and 32 ketch. They both appeared to be medium built coastal boats.
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Thats not true. They look very similar, but the Contest 33 was designed for the ocean and is much more seaworthy than a Catalina. You get a really safe feeling on board. Every handrail is in the right location, she's build for a rough ride, like a tank and she's a great sailor. I've taken her through some rough weather on the north sea.

Actually, I own my second Contest 33 (#64, before I had #13) and plan to sail her around the world, starting 2014. The boat is berthed in Germany.

I hope your planning on keeping a blog or some sort of record of your travels? I am working towards a circumnavigation starting January of 2016. There's a few things I want to do to the boat first.

Just a quik note :
The first chain plate I replaced has a leak so I need to pull it up and rebed it. All the others seem fine maybe I just didn't clean the surface or enough 4200 on it. But I will get her handled after I get the fore stay fixed and ready to sail.
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I recently took these pics of the bow and stainless bar that was corroded away where the cap (stem head) went on the vee of the bow.
I drilled and tried to remove the existing stainless bar from the vee of the bow but unfortunately it snapped from more corrosion when trying to remove it. It now sits lower in the vee of the hull about six to eight inches.

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My new plan is to try to remove all the pieces of filler and fiberglass from the drill bit I used with a vacum cleaner. Then refill the cavity with epoxy or fiberglass resin.
Then have the welding shop repair the cap and weld a stainless bar onto it but only half the length. That way I can secure it at the bottom original hole and backing plate. Then drill a new hole through the vee of the bow half way up and secure it there with a new bolt and backing plate.There is about a three quarter of an inch gap between the hull and the existing rod to do this. It would defenately Making it stronger and more secure.
If you look below you can see the original hole at the base of the cap.

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Any advice is welcome!
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