We are delighted to introduce our new 26m flagship Contest 85CS which is now in design phase for launch in 2018.
This is our first step into the fully crewed 80+ foot sector and is made in design partnership with celebrated German naval architects judel/vrolijk & co, combining their performance design expertise with our proven, innovative construction practices completed with Lloyds plan approval and hull certification.
The Contest 85CS will provide for both distance cruising and regatta participation as well as very social sailing, extending the potential for performance cruising of both new and upsizing owners with comfortable capacity for up to ten guests in a customisable interior arrangement.
A step up in size, the Contest 57CS is the first in line with double cockpit for helm and guests, a labour saving mainsheet and optional fold-down stern bathing platform. Theres a true sense of the big boat yet she sails with the natural touch for which Contest Yachts are so renowned. Sound design, sound engineering, together delivering enviable performance, designed by Georg Nissen.
To suit wide ranging sailing intent, this nimble bluewater design offers various interior plans with two heads and two, three and even four sleeping cabins. Pretty much anything can be changed. She was the first Contest fully 3D modelled and the spatial study has optimised systems and stowage throughout allowing this flexible configuration.
A full beam lazarette and standing headroom sail locker in the bow serve the distance cruiser well and, beyond this, weight has been kept out of the ends with technical gear focused towards the centre of the boat. Good for stability and for service. Also for noise and vibration control, including a generator mounted atop the engine.
The Contest 57CS is also the first in line to have a cabin plan suited to permanent crew should the wish list include additional help or the potential to charter.
Instantly good looking… and with so much more to her than first meets the eye. Its not just the clever detailing in design, build and plan. The aft cockpit Contest 42CS permits owners a virtual custom build… simply unique at this size.
The options are so many. There are four different saloon plans, three cabin arrangements for both bow and stern, five different cockpits, carbon or aluminium spars, and multiple sail handling systems. In all, that means a remarkable number of different versions of the interior and cockpit. The result? A personalised Contest 42CS to suit everyone from family cruiser or bluewater couple to racing enthusiast.
The Contest 42CS is the first yacht of this size ever to offer such personalised customisation. Then to top it all, shes a delight to sail, both easily managed and fast. And individually hand built, she shares the same hallmark high standards seen across the range, right through to the flagship Contest 72CS.
No wonder she won European Yacht of the Year 2014.
There has always been something special about a Contest yacht
We're proud of what we do at Contest Yachts. We're a family run firm more than 55 years old and we care about what we do. We build by hand to individual commission combining traditional skills with modern innovation. We deliver the finest quality of design, build and service and always will.
Our focus is on craft equally comfortable cruising creeks or crossing oceans and our owners take this philosophy to heart as they sail the world. Our range currently comprises seven sailing yachts from 42-85ft (13-26m) and a newly introduced motor yacht, the 16m Contest 52MC.
We hope you'll enjoy what you see within our website. Welcome to the Contest World… building dreams together.