At Contest Yachts, Europe’s leading luxury performance bluewater sailing yacht constructor and one of the longest-running participants at this exhibition, we’re delighted to be back at the Dusseldorf Boat Show 2023 with the joint world-premiere of two brand-new yachts, the aft cockpit Contest 49CS and centre cockpit Contest 50CS.
Two extraordinary fifty-footers presenting distinctly different formats for personalised family-and-friends performance bluewater sailing. And they are not to be missed. The 49CS is the first twin aft cabin Contest at this length and both the 49CS and 50CS are Contest’s first yachts with the option of all-electric propulsion, uniquely engineered with a completely new Torqeedo and BMW based system delivering true bluewater range.
After the two-year break owing to the pandemic, Contest Yachts CEO Arjen Conijn says, “It’s so great to have this show running again and to be back exhibiting two such exciting new models. As well as the variations in deck layout, these brand-new Contests 49CS and 50CS introduce two very different approaches to interior and exterior configuration, all within a really perfected judel/vrolijk drawn hull. The result is clear: optimal performance and uncompromising comfort at rest and underway and exquisite engineering and outfitting. And the space, particularly in the 49CS twin aft cabins, just unimaginable before now and certainly never outfitted at this level of craftsmanship. We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors aboard.”
In the Contest 49CS we have developed something new, different and yet reassuringly consistent with Contest credentials. A natural twin-aft-cabin step up we’ve not had from the aft-cockpit Contest 42CS before, it’s equally a new step into the Contest range for sailors preferring their master suite forward and family or guest cabins in the back. And what aft cabins these are. Huge and with full headroom running almost throughout they’re on a scale never seen at this end of the 50ft sailing sector.
Yet still we have a very impressive tender garage, spacious aft deck, and loads of storage throughout the cabins which enjoy the latest design-styling and detailing from the Wetzels Brown Partners studio. The introductions are many and include new super-ergonomic luxury furnishings from the clever sofa and recliner arrangement to joinery detailing including optional ribbed timber bulkheads.
The all-new centre-cockpit Contest 50CS shares this approach, too, presenting not just beautifully but practically, replacing as it does the original, very successful model of the same 50CS name. Ease of handling for couples and excellent storage have always been key to the previous model’s many world-sailing adventures and now in the new 50CS full advantage is made of the many advances in design and technology. The owner chooses how far to go, and with the option of bowsprit-integrated Code 0 furler, the nautical miles roll by in even the lightest winds.
For both the 49CS and 50CS, judel/vrolijk & co’s balancing of modern topside height and max beam carried well aft, the exceptional space includes extra tall standing headroom throughout and the new extra-width saloon brings a whole new freshness and sea-practical sophistication. Natural and mood lighting is meantime cleverly integrated into the Lloyds Register certified structure and outfitting. And this even includes for the 50CS’s aft master cabin a smart wide window set into the transom which externally features an integral moulded stairway for bathing and boarding the tender.