We are brand spanking new Contessa owners. New to sailing as well and thought the Contessa would be a safer boat for a couple of newbies.
We were just out on the water today, fairly light winds of about 10 - 15 knot, sailing with a 150% Genoa. While beating up against the wind, the boat came across and heeled sharply, dipping the side down with water coming into the cockpit. Seems the boat heels very easily and doesn't stiffen when it comes to a certain angle the way we had expected. Then again, it could just as well be operator error considering who the operators are.
Are the Contessas considered "lively" when it comes to the wind and heeling or is there any chance that there is a problem with the ballast? The hull number has been painted over but we figure the boat is from 1976. The boat had been up on the hard for about 4 1/2 years and had only been in the water about 4 months when we bought it. The bottom was newly painted and the shipyard indicated she was sound with no blisters.
Aja and Jens