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Contest Yachts BV

Overleek 5, 1671 GD Medemblik
Telephone +31 227 543644
Fax +31 227 543648

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boot 2020 hall map (Hall 16): stand C54

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boot 2020 fairground map: Hall 16

Our range of products

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  • 01  Boats and Yachts
  • 01.01  Sailing Boats & Yachts
  • 01.01.03  Sailing Yachts / Cabin Boats (Sail)
  • 01  Boats and Yachts
  • 01.02  Motorboats & -Yachts
  • 01.02.04  Motoryachts / Cabin Boats (Engine)

Motoryachts / Cabin Boats (Engine)

Our products

Product category: Sailing Yachts / Cabin Boats (Sail)


The newly launched 26-metre Contest 85CS clearly demonstrates the strengths in Contest Yachts’ long-term collaboration with world class designers judel/vrolijk & co and Wetzels Brown Partners.

Designed for fast passage with powerful, practical, deep-ocean cruising capability, the Contest 85CS is easily sailed, managed and maintained by short-handed crew, and perfectly set both to sail the world and enjoy sailing’s high society.

The hull and deck-form of the Contest 85CS show the reasoned approach of a design team referenced across every level of performance cruising and racing, from family adventuring to grand prix eventing. This brings a moderate, shallow underbody running back from near plumb bow, with integral bowsprit and optional furler for asymmetrics, to a soft-chined, broad stern. Sailing flat and fast she has a single rudder for precise and powerful yet light control at the twin helm stations.

The composite construction is Lloyds’ certified and includes a sandwich laminate throughout from sheerline to keel stub, with advanced single-shot vacuum infusion for each of hull, structural grid and then deck. The keel is of stainless steel and lead for performance profile with cruising draft. The rudder is carbon for performance and keeping weight out of the stern to allow for good stowage in the large lazarette which has a hydraulically operated transom garage and beach platform. Space is such that the RIB can be stowed with outboard still in place.

The low, sleek styling of the saloon coachroof sits well with the sweet sheerline profie and wide expanse of laid teak decking. Flush decks are standard and hardware is according to intended sailing. For some that means all-carbon, for others a more conventional approach. All enjoy the top line specification for which Contest yachts are so well known and which makes handling and operation safe, secure and satisfying. Nothing is left to chance. It’s all to the point and fine-tuned for personal goals.

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Product category: Sailing Yachts / Cabin Boats (Sail)


The strikingly good-looking Contest 55CS is a totally new, game-changing, go-anywhere, fifty-five-feet beauty.

Aimed straight at the heart of the conscious style, couples-family-and-friends luxury cruising sector, the just announced 17-metre Contest 55CS combines our long-standing reputation as top of the line bluewater performance builder with today's increasingly time limited lifestyle.

Refined elegance with the same go anywhere, anytime potential. A true home from home, wherever and however. Across the yachting community, increasing emphasis is being placed on interior accommodation space and styling, and sadly sometimes to the detriment of safety and sea sense. That's never the case at Contest Yachts, and in the Contest 55CS we have gone to new lengths to show just how aesthetics and practicality really can make perfect partners. How for different types of ownership a yacht can be equally set to circle the world and still offer the very best of comfort and space whether lazing at anchor or plugged into marina life.

This way the Contest 55CS provides for ever more enjoyable time aboard. A safe, comfortable, speedy and easily run yacht with space and systems both above and below decks to enjoy life on the water to the full… and that's all waters!

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Product category: Motoryachts / Cabin Boats (Engine)

Contest 52MC Fastlane

A stand out boat in so many ways, the Contest 52MC Fastlane is a spectacularly successful design – especially so as she is Contest Yachts’ first ever motor boat in this league. The press can’t get enough of her, loving her looks and her handling which they say astounds, her innovative, half-planing hull riding as though on rails, tracking straight and staying flat right through the tightest of turns. With power options from twin 350hp to 550hp diesels she’s equally comfortable at 8 or 28 knots, and soft rides through the nastiest chop. And she’s a dry boat, her pronounced spray rails cascading the breaking water away. 

The joint creation of longstanding design partner Georg Nissen, the well known boat engineering and designer company Vripack and the yard’s own in-house design team, the 52MC is also an unusually versatile performance platform, available in Flybridge and Open Sport eas well as Fastlane f versions. Interior layouts are customisable, too, building out of a raised saloon and two heads, three sleeping cabin standard plan.

Complementing the secure ride, the 52MC Fastlane’s extra wide walk-around decks and high bulwarks with sturdy handrails reinforce the design intent of absolute seaworthiness. Add in to that the deftly integrated side boarding gates to either side and the cantilevering pilot’s deck door, and it’s a beguiling aesthetic. So, too, is the exquisitely contoured moulding leading to and around the enclosable aft cockpit lounging and dining area where, beneath, there’s a tender garage opening onto the bathing/boarding platform.

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Company news



11 Dec 2019


Dutch specialist, semi-custom constructor Contest Yachts is delighted to announce that the Dusseldorf show will be the world premiere for the yard’s brand new 17-metre Contest 55CS – a strikingly good looking, modern performance bluewater cruiser.

With stunning lines both above and below water from star German designers judel/vrolijk & co, and with full Lloyd’s Register oversight and certification for each and every individual yacht built, the Contest 55CS looks set to be a real-game changer in this exciting couples and family and friends sector.

She’s full of new thinking. Check her swept and lipped superstructure styling. See the modern sea-going hull form with buoyant plumb bow and tapered forward sections flaring aft into a widened stern with underbody and foils so well balanced for big sea comfort. So she’ll point high and be fast in light winds just as she will revel in heavier conditions gales. And see the integral, seamless A-frame forward for flying asymmetrics that has no bobstay so making for easy anchoring once again.

Add into this the Lloyd’s tested and approved introduction of carbon fibre into key structural elements in the single shot vacuum injection moulding process that so increases strength for weight. This contributes also to reducing size of some structural componentry, opening more outboard space for increased accommodation. This brings deeper seating, a pull-out lounger and even wider floors without the loss of any of Contest’s well-regarded sea safety featuring. Handholds abound, making passage through the boat always secure. And luxury touches include a dedicated coffee bar.

A newly conceived interior styling now features an even bigger flowing corner radius to the exquisitely finished timber work – craftsmanship of a kind not practised by other than the finest superyacht yards. Indirect lighting is to similar high standards and daylight floods in through increased overhead hatches and glazed panelling. There are also now more optional hull windows in up to four stations along the yacht’s length.

A further showstopper looks to be the innovative panoramic rear viewing window set in the master suite’s aft bulkhead. With reveal-panel slid open and transom garage door lowered, this gives a simply fabulous wide-angle seascape view straight through.

Together, this all so clearly presents a whole new take on home from home, whether marina based or ocean bound, and that’s the key to Contest yachting. You really can have what you want. Come and see at boot Dusseldorf, Hall16/C54.

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About us

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The Contest Principle
Building dreams together

At Contest Yachts we see sailing as a way of determining, expressing your own dreams and ambitions. Which is why we build not just high quality yachts. We build them with each owner’s highly personalised input. Performance yachts well set to sail the world’s oceans and fulfil personal dreams, ambitions, comfortably, safely.

Our yachts are built to enjoy equally coastal, offshore and bluewater exploration. In our now 60-year history we have learned well the responsibilities and requirements of successful long-stay sailing. Using the best of materials, hand crafting and innovative technology, we work closely with each and every owner to design, build and deliver well sorted, strong, light, seakindly, easily handled, performance distance cruisers.

Yachts to let you adventure, to fulfil your dreams.