I am looking to upgrade from my Cape Dory
25 to something 30-34 ft, to get standing headroom
, an enclosed head
, and a real galley
. I live aboard and sail Cape Cod
and the islands in the summer/fall season, and am tired of camping
I found a Contest 33 (listed on yachtworld - New London, CT) that I am really interested in, but haven't been able to find much information on the boats, at least not in English! Are there any Contest 33 owners out there who can speak to their experiences sailing and maintaining the boat
? Particularly engine work
, finding parts
, etc. I am not very experienced when it comes to boats, but definitely prefer to do work
myself and learn as I go. Also, are there any problem areas to pay special attention to when I go to check her out?
Alternatives I'm considering are the C&C
32, 33, 34, or Ericson
32. I love my Cape Dory
and would consider one of the larger models, but they all have fold-down tables in the main cabin
that partially or entirely block access to the head
and v-berth.. trying to avoid that.
Any thoughts appreciated.