Contest Yachts, Holland’s leading semi-custom yacht constructor, is delighted to display at HISWA in-water Boat Show (5 - 9 Sept.) yachts for both sailing and motor boating communities. For the sailor there is the latest launched 17-metre Contest 57CS and 13-metre 42CS performance bluewater sailing cruiser, and for the motor boater the highly acclaimed 16-metre 52MC motor cruiser.
This latest version of the Contest 57CS brings to the show a fine example of the high standards of design, style and build quality for which Contest Yachts is so well renowned. Size-wise with this the first in the nine-boat range with a double-cockpit plan divided between helm and sail controls aft, and rope-free guest cockpit forward, there’s a true sense of the big boat yet she sails with the natural short-handed touch for which Contest Yachts are so renowned.
This four-cabin, seven-berth model with beautiful modern oak interior includes aft master suite, two identical double-guest cabins forward of the mast, plus back by the nav station a cabin with one bed for professional crew or extra person. For all on board there’s the pleasure of a hydraulically opening bathing platform and in the lazarette there is vast stowage.
Hitting the sweet spot in terms of size, space and capability, the 13-metre Contest 42CS provides the perfect entry point not just to Contest yachting, but to this high level of semi-custom hand-built luxury yachting.
The Contest 42CS also provides the widest range of cabin and cockpit arrangements for any yacht of this size with many different accommodation plans and two different configurations for cockpit and rig to suit equally family, short-handed and regatta sailors.
The Contest 42CS on display was commissioned with the focus on space, comfort and practical working. The chosen grain for the interior is a pale oak emphasising the lightness of the accommodation already benefitting from Contest’s trademark panoramic saloon windows plus flush hatches and hull glazing.
There is a sense throughout of a considerably bigger yacht, achieved by a careful styling and detail-design balance of openness and safety at sea. The handsomely large, Corian-topped galley serves as the perfect example, providing extensive safe working space plus creating stout support and hand-holding while moving about. In this version, the master suite forward and VIP cabin aft creates privacy for all those on board, plus there’s a third cabin doubling as stowage and occasional single sleeper. It is all to this individual owner’s specification. We call it building dreams together.
Holland has a long history of sea boats and inland waterway craft. Launched to loud press acclaim, the 16-metre Contest 52MC motor cruiser provides with its unique hull form the perfect single platform for both activities. Simply put, it excels with a fast, flat ride in even the rougher seas while delivering smooth, ripple-free low speed cruising through river and canal systems. This is all conveniently at a size just below needing formal pilot assistance on the larger waterways such as the Rhine.
In both high and low speed modes there is exceptional fuel economy courtesy of the semi-planing design that enables nearly 30 knots as easily. It really does deliver a surprising ride, both dry and smooth with none of that awkward normal bow-lift before planing, and hardly heeling at all in the tightest of turns. A great, go-anywhere cruising platform for up to six guests.
The model on show provides for five, with master suite forward, then a double and further twin cabin midships starboard and port, with two large showers and heads, one en-suite. Enjoying the benefit of the main deck’s raised deckhouse and enormous laminated glass windows, the very well equipped galley is at the heart of the boat and very convenient for the saloon’s comfortable dining arrangement.
Safe and simple operation are uppermost in mind from the solid high bulwarks ringing the broad decks to a spring cleat positioned within reach from the helm through the side-door to ease coming alongside lock or dock wall. The flybridge meanwhile provides asecond helm station, and lazing seats and sunpad beneath an adaptable bimini, and the big bathing platform is boosted by there being tender stowage in the stern garage which is good for bikes, too.
Contest introduces next to the Flybridge and Fastlane version the Contest 52MC Open Sport. This supreme yacht is available in three versions: Open Sport with long-sided wraparound screen; Open Sport Classic with Sixties’ reminiscent short-sided screen; and Open Sport T-Top with composite fibre, opening roof shade; all are based on Contest’s exceptional all-weather performance hull with the security feature of deep bulwarks and walkaround decks.
Sound design, clever engineering, together delivering enviable performance.
More early information on the new flagship Contest 85CS, plus the nine-boat range spanning 13-26 metres, can be enjoyed during the HISWA in-water Show with a visit to the Contest Yachts’ team down on the dock, berths KO-18/C-02/G-03. Do come aboard, all press welcome.