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Jan S.

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HELP!!! Info on the Contest 27 for a US newbie.
« on: 26 September, 2011, 02:40:22 »
First, somewhat obviously, I don't speak Dutch, but from my experience in visiting the Netherlands in 2005 (to view the Assen TT, and staying with a friend in Enscheid), I know that many/most of you speak excellent English!

I'm looking at possibly purchasing a 1969 Contest 27, moored here in Chicago, Illinois. The inboard has been removed and replaced by an outboard. I was wondering what the original make and horsepower was.

Also, does anyone know what the capacity of the original tanks (fuel, holding, water) were?

Thank you all very much!

PS: Ruben, at the factory was kind enough to send me the link to this group.

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Re: HELP!!! Info on the Contest 27 for a US newbie.
« Reply #1 on: 26 September, 2011, 08:59:29 »
Hello Jan, welcome to this forum and I hope that we are able to answer your questions as good and complete as possible. About the engine there were several options to choose from in those days: the Marstal type E (5 hp), type F (6 hp) or type F2 (10 hp), the Couach BD1 (5/6 hp) or BD2 (10/12 hp). These were all petrol engines and are hard to find these days. There were also two dieselengines available: the Volvo Penta MD1 (7 hp) and the Farymann type A (9 hp).  In all cases the capacity of the fueltank was 50 liters (about 10 gallons I guess?). The capacity of the watertank ws 90 liters, a holdingtank was not an option in those days.  Hope this helps.

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Re: HELP!!! Info on the Contest 27 for a US newbie.
« Reply #2 on: 27 September, 2011, 03:28:46 »
BJ,

Thank you very much for your help/answers. I'm not certain if its worth reinstalling an inboard, but if I bought the boat, and went that route, I'd DEFINITELY want to go with a diesel. According to the current owner, the prop and prop shaft are still in place.  He also mentioned that the "porta-pottie" was installed by a previous owner, but that there was a pump-out fitting, which why I thought that there had been a waste holding tank, at least when she left the factory.

I'm hoping to eventually become a live aboard, and have been looking in the 25-30 ft. range, as I'll likely be single-handing her, and I'd like to do some offshore sailing, and from what I've heard, Contest boats are certainly up to the task.

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Re: HELP!!! Info on the Contest 27 for a US newbie.
« Reply #3 on: 27 September, 2011, 11:55:05 »
Hi Jan,

if propshaft and prop are still in place then an inboard has quite some advantages imho. Reliability is one ofthem, I'd rathert have an (old-skool) inboard diesel in poor wheater then an outboard. Also the advantage of a bigger alternator on an inboard giving you the oppurtunity to charge larger batteries, quite handy for a live-aboard I guess. Finding a MD1 can be hard in the US but a Westerbeke or Yanmar should be quite easy.
If you are able to find the hullnumber of the boat I can try to find out when she was build and who was the original owner. Not very usefull, just nice to know   ;)

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Re: HELP!!! Info on the Contest 27 for a US newbie.
« Reply #4 on: 28 September, 2011, 02:07:06 »
Hi BJ,

I completely agree that an inboard diesel is the best way to go. As far as the hull number goes, according to the current owner, the number 558448 is carved into the wood, below deck (assuming in the cabin). As you point out, knowing the history isn't all that important, but I'd find it interesting, none the less.

As far as original engines go, I think (not certain, though) that the Fareyman is still available. Certainly, the Volvos are, although I recall hearing some Volvos were prone to some problems, and parts are VERY expensive, from what I hear.

 


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