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Old 13-06-2008, 20:37   #1
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Opinions on a '71 Contest 30

I'm looking at a 1971 Contest that was on ebay. It sounds like it's in really good condition and has a lot of equipment and electronics. I can have it for $2000. How can I know if it's too good to be true. I live in SE Texas and the boat is docked in Boca Raton.
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These boats generally sell for considerably more than $2K, so it sounds "too good ..."

Founded by Ed Conijn, Arjen Conijn now runs Conyplex b.v. in Medemblik (Holland), builders of Contest Yachts.

The Contest 30 was designed by Dick Zaal, and built between Built 1974 -to 1978 :
http://www.contestyachts.com/company...ntest%2030.pdf

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Contest 30 ready for the islands.
Did you contact rwilliams for details & photos?
This is a well equipped and solid ocean cruising sailboat. She has all of the necessary amenities and a lot of comfort goodies. I have a complete list of the specifications and amenities. I also have photos. Send me an email for this information. You may reach me at rwilliams@out-pro.com I may also be reached at 910-228-2124. The boat is in Boca Raton and may be viewed if you call me.
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Old 20-06-2008, 21:44   #4
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I would check the year. The Contest yachts were extremely well built. Given the age I would do a thorough survey and check the boats history the best you can. It may be a rel good deal, or not! If she is sound it is a boat that will take you anywhere. As I recall the mast were gold anodized and the rigging very stout, nice high bulwarks for offshore safety. The only downside is they had a very dark mahogany interior.
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Old 21-06-2008, 08:55   #5
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I'm very fond of my contest 27.
Interior is old world teak and white molded combo, not dark at all with the portholes.
My mast is gold anodized, typical northsea low aspect deck stepped rig, though I've seen photos with wood mast; perhaps a mod.
There is a member here has the 36 in nyc, forgotten who.
Even with the cost of a refit, (I did one), if there are no structural problems; you could have a boat that's really well constructed and a sweetheart offshore.
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Old 21-06-2008, 11:28   #6
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I have sailed on both the 30 and 27 (when they were new and I was young) Very goog sailers and well balanced as I recall. I still remember the notches around the rudder post to lock the tiller when sailing on the 27! Fine boat. The 30 had the mahogany and the 27 teak in the interior.
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Thanks Rollo for the snippet and the endorsement!
I've only run into a few of the 27's over the years and all were unattended; never yet met an owner.
I understand there are many more in Europe than this side of the pond.
One official HQ for contests in the U.S. was in Westport, Ct where I think they had a small fleet at one time. I have never tried to contact them to see if it is still active, though coincedentally, I grew up within a stone's throw of that shishi town.
I have heard that the 25 was a real 'cult' boat with a loyal following.
How I would have loved to see these boats fresh from the yard in Holland!
I envy you, Rollo and would adore hearing any other reminiscenses you retain re contest.
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Old 21-06-2008, 13:56   #8
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I have a friend who owns a Contest 48 that was built in 1984. It is real stout, with center cockpit and hard windshield for protection. He sailed it to Mexico, Hawaii, over to Seattle and back to San Diego with his wife and three kids. Now he is lost because his kids are all grown and not available to crew.

The following address is for a guy whos father was the importer of the Contest boats back in the 70's & 80's. He(the son) is a boat dealer and sailing club. He should be able to give you more info on the boats.

Martin van Breems
54 Calf Pasture Beach Rd
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tel: +1 (203) 838 1110
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Van Breems is no longer selling Contest, but Hanse now. I would tread carefully. I knew both the old man and the son and bought a yacht from the old man.
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Van Breems is no longer selling Contest, but Hanse now. I would tread carefully. I knew both the old man and the son and bought a yacht from the old man.
Your point?
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Re: Opinions on a '71 Contest 30

Hi defjef.

I know you are very familiar with the Contest boats, and hope that maybe you can help. Do you know if the Raider 35 is related to Conyplex Contest brand in any way. Do you know if the Raider 35 has a solid deck or a cored deck?

Here is a link describing the Raider 35 - a racer designed by Frans Maas, built by De Visser
RAIDER 35 sailboat on sailboatdata.com

Many thanks for any help you can provide.

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Old 23-01-2012, 16:09   #12
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Re: Opinions on a '71 Contest 30

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These boats generally sell for considerably more than $2K, so it sounds "too good ..."

Founded by Ed Conijn, Arjen Conijn now runs Conyplex b.v. in Medemblik (Holland), builders of Contest Yachts.

The Contest 30 was designed by Dick Zaal, and built between Built 1974 -to 1978 :
http://www.contestyachts.com/company...ntest%2030.pdf

Contest Yachts - Conyplex
Contest Yachts - Conyplex

Contest 30 ready for the islands.
Did you contact rwilliams for details & photos?
This is a well equipped and solid ocean cruising sailboat. She has all of the necessary amenities and a lot of comfort goodies. I have a complete list of the specifications and amenities. I also have photos. Send me an email for this information. You may reach me at rwilliams@out-pro.com I may also be reached at 910-228-2124. The boat is in Boca Raton and may be viewed if you call me.
There was an earlier Contest 30 designed by van Essen. here is a link to one for sale in the UK
CONOPLEX BV HOLLAND CONTEST 30/1 Used Boat for Sale | TheYachtMarket
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Old 23-01-2012, 16:17   #13
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Re: Opinions on a '71 Contest 30

I own a Contest 29 that has been around the world (previous owner) and I cant speak highly enough of them. They absolutely inspire confidence and would be happy to be aboard in any weather.
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The OP is 4years old by the way...
And Contest 29's are pretty good as well...
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Re: Opinions on a '71 Contest 30

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Hi defjef.

I know you are very familiar with the Contest boats, and hope that maybe you can help. Do you know if the Raider 35 is related to Conyplex Contest brand in any way. Do you know if the Raider 35 has a solid deck or a cored deck?

Here is a link describing the Raider 35 - a racer designed by Frans Maas, built by De Visser
RAIDER 35 sailboat on sailboatdata.com

Many thanks for any help you can provide.

littlewing
I owned a 74 Contest 27...and lived aboard for several years.

Really liked the design. The interior was magnificent. It had more useable storage than my current 30 footer. Boat was a wonderful heavy weatber boat. She lovedto frolic at 15 kts and above.

t was difficult to work on though. I'd find things like the nuts on the bolts to the stantchion bases under several layers of glass for instance. Trying to find parts was always an experience as well, although the advent of the internet should help with that.

Watch for serious gelcoat issues. Every Contest I've seen of that era has fairly major cracking.

And tbat boat taught me to hate Volvos.

AFAIK Conuplex had nothing to do with that other brand.
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