A proven all-rounder in bluewater adventuring and fast cruising, the three-cabin, two heads Contest 50CS reflects well the sound principles of the long running design partnership with Georg Nissen. Clean yet accommodating lines, sophisticated but simple rig, fully balanced spade rudder for feel and precision, and a performance foil for moderate draft, lead ballasted bulb keel. In other words: fast, comfortable, secure and capable. Size wise, big sister to the 45CS and first in the Contest line with shaft rather sail drive and engine below the floor, her manoeuvrability is even better and running noise levels even quieter, too.
Sloop or cutter rigged with mainsheet traveller behind the spacious cockpit with comfortable wraparound contours and fixed table, Nissen’s abiding principle of polished simplicity is clear to see. As it is in the wide expanse of uncluttered decks enabled by flush fittings and concealed sail control leads returning to the cockpit for safe working day and night far out to sea.
The Contest range of performance bluewater sailing yachts includes eight models spanning 42ft to 85ft (13m to 26m) to suit club sailing, offshore cruising and world circling whether shorthanded as a couple or with full family and friends, and both private and charter.
Construction is to the highest Dutch standards with each yacht combining hand finished craftsmanship with modern technologies including five-axis CNC cutting, vacuum resin infusion of balsa cored composite hulls and vacuum bonding of teak decks.
Combined, this assures accuracy, consistency and optimised integrity for a stronger, lighter, more durable yacht. And every yacht leaving this family owned yard does so with the valued endorsement of full Lloyds certification.
That’s good for longevity, good for residual values.