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Contest 52MC

A stand out boat in so many ways, the Contest 52MC is Contest Yacht’s first ever motor boat and a spectacularly successful design. 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 know motor 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 sedan, open sport and a flybridge version. 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’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.


With a sense of the mini superyacht, there are so many options to finish and interior layout, with immediately eight different arrangements for the two to three sleeping cabins and suites, a galley also up or down, and helm station port or starboard.  Central to all, with its wraparound glazing, the raised saloon provides an exceptional outlook for helm and guests with comfortable dinette and observation seating forward. Adding to relaxation, extensive sound engineering ensures the 52MC is unusually quiet when running.



The look is long and lean with the extended coachroof top accentuating the large extent of glazing. The flybridge options continue this sleek expression.

interior layout

High standard of fitting to individual specification. Plentiful practical stowage. Extensive protection against noise and vibration. Commanding helm position.

deck layout

Purposeful, practical design. Secure comfortable social areas. Safe working platform. Neatly engineered and equipped. Large deck lockers making good use of space. 

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Inside and out the Contest 52MC motor cruiser presents a completely fresh vision that has equally excited press and new owners from both motor boating and sailing circles

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main specifications
  • main dimensions
    • Length overall 15.93 m 52.26 ft
      Length waterline 14.60 m 47.9 ft
      Maximum beam 4.60 m 15,09 ft
      Draft 0.85 2,79 ft
      Displacement 16,600 kg 35,596 lbs
      Fuel tank 1,800 ltr 395,95 imp. gal
      Water tank 700 ltr 153,98 imp. gal
      Optional water tank 300 ltr. 66 imp. gal.
      Engine, Cummins  2 x 225 kW 2 x 305 hp

      Maximum height above waterline:


      52MC Semi Flybridge

      52MC Flybridge


      2.88 m

      3.45 m

      3.74 m


      9.45 ft

      11.32 ft

      12.27 ft 

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standard features
  • construction
    • General

      • Hull and deck are made of high quality materials.
      • Several interior arrangements are available within the structural bulkheads and keel grid.


      • Hull in sandwich, vacuum infused composite with the Conyplex vacuum infusion system®.
      • Laminate consisting of quadrax and biaxial E-glass for inner and outer skins, infused with vinylester resin.
      • Local unidirectional E-glass reinforcements.
      • Solid laminate in structural areas like the engine and shaft area.
      • First layer after gelcoat is a special barrier coat.
      • Structural bulkheads fully laminated to hull and deck.
      • Teak toe rail capping, integrated rubbing strake.
      • Two year warranty.
      • Hull: gelcoat white.
      • Stripe and waterlines: colour owners choice.
      • Antifoul: 2 layers.
      • Flush hull windows.


      • Deck in sandwich, vacuum infused composite with the Conyplex vacuum infusion system®.
      • Deck: gelcoat white.
      • Laminate consisting of quadraxial and biaxial E-glass for inner and outer skins.
      • Local unidirectional E-glass reinforcements.
      • Solid laminate in structural areas where deck equipment is fitted.


      • Vacuum infused composite structural bulkheads in sandwich, using the Conyplex vacuum infusion system®.
      • Vacuum infused composite several longitudinals in sandwich, using the Conyplex vacuum infusion system®.


      • Stainless steel rudder.
      • Stainless steel rudder axe.
  • deck layout
    • Cockpit

      • Large aft cockpit.
      • Garage below the cockpit floor. Reachable from the cockpit and transom.

      Hatches and windows

      • Flush deck hatch.
      • Port lights.
      • Glass chemical hardened, laminated windows in superstructure.
      • Screen wipers on windows in superstructure.

      Deck hardware and equipment

      • Stainless steel 316 stem head fitting.
      • Stainless steel 316 bathing ladder.
      • Stainless steel 316 deck fillers.
      • Stainless steel 316 anti chafe rails below mooring cleats.
      • Stainless steel 316 mooring cleats; two cleats forward, two cleats amidships, two cleats aft and two fairleads on stern.
      • Flagpole with stainless steel 316 support.
      • Teak cockpit table with stainless steel 316 support and canvas cover.
      • Boat hook in aluminium.
      • Six fenders with socks and ropes.
      • Six 25 m 18 mm mooring warps.

      Anchor system

      • Electric anchor winch, including remote control.
      • 20 kg Delta anchor with 50 m galvanised 10 mm anchor chain.
      • Anchor chain marked each 10 m.

      Steering system

      • Hydraulic dual cylinder power steering system.
      • Compass.
  • interior
    • General

      As with all Contest Yachts, the interior will be fully made at our own yard in Medemblik with great attendance to flexibility and detailing.

      Standard features

      • Light teak joinery.
      • Oak floor.
      • Matt varnished.
      • White painted teak and matt varnished teak side panelling.
      • Padded panels in fore cabin.
      • Rollo’s at all hatches.
      • Chrome fittings throughout.
      • Shower stalls with on handle mixer valves.
      • Teak doors 30 mm with anti-rattle door locks.
      • CORIAN colour “Linen” worktops in galley with two washbasins.
      • CORIAN colour “Linen” tops in each head with washbasins.
      • Design taps.
      • Two zone ceramic hob.
      • Quality upholstery, colour to owners’ choice.
      • Quality curtains for portholes and skylight hatches.
      • Overhead lights in all cabins with wall switches.
      • 230V sockets.
      • Dimmers on overhead lights in saloon.
      • Careful noise reduction throughout.
      • Engine room well insulated.
      • Mattresses in all cabins.
      • Garbage bin.
      • Extensive mirrors in both heads.
      • Sliding door to aft cockpit.
  • systems & equipment
    • Engine

      • 2 x Cummins QSB6.7 305HP.
      • Indirect cooling.
      • Hurtz ZF 85A hydraulic gearbox.
      • 2x24V/80A (starter battery, service batteries and bow thruster batteries).
      • Engine panel fitted in dashboard including rev. counter, oil pressure- temperature- and charge alarm, start and stop buttons.
      • Water-cooled exhaust.
      • Stainless steel propeller shafts with thrust bearing and homokinetic coupling.
      • Fixed propellors.
      • Engine room insulated with combined drone- and sound absorbing insulation.
      • Engine room ventilation by electric ventilator.
      • Air intakes/ ventilation grills on the deck for engine compartment cooling.

      Additional propulsion systems

      • Electric bow thruster.
      • Trim tabs.

      Fuel system

      • Fuel tanks total capacity 1.800 litres.
      • SEPAR water separators and fuel filters. Acoustic and visual “water in fuel”-alarm.
      • Electric tank level gauge.

      Fresh water system

      • Pressurized hot & cold water system; tank capacity 400/700 litres.
      • Mixer taps in galley and showers.
      • Transom shower.
      • Boiler stainless steel 316 1 x 40 litres with double exchanger to engine and heater (optional) and 230V element.
      • Electric tank level gauge.

      Bilge system

      • Electric bilge pump in sump, with automatic switch and manual backup.
      • Electric bilge pump in engine room with manual backup.
      • Electric bilge pump in storage room with automatic switch and manual backup.
      • Electric bilge pump in forward cabin with manual backup.

      Black & Grey water system

      • Two electric fresh water toilets.
      • Waste water tank.
      • Indicator on black water tank.
      • Two shower stalls with automatic drain.
      • Grey water system with collection tank and automatic discharge.

      Refrigeration system

      • Refrigerator.

      Safety equipment

      • Three foam fire extinguishers 2 kg.
      • Fire blanket.
      • Fire extinguish system in engine room.
  • electrical equipment
    • AC/DC systems

      • 24V and 230V system on board.
      • Dedicated technical area for switches and fuses.
      • 4 x 50Ah starter batteries; total capacity 2 x 100Ah @ 24VDC.
      • Power batteries foreship 400 Ah.
      • Power batteries aftship 90 Ah.
      • 2 x starter battery chargers.
      • 2 x power battery chargers.
      • Charger 120 Ah, inverter 2500W.
      • Inverters 24V-12V.
      • 230V shore power connection, including cable 25 m with CE connector.
      • Shore power isolator 24V 12A and earth trip switch.
      • 10 x 230VAC sockets.
      • All seacocks under the waterline are grounded.

      Main switchboard

      • 10.4" touch screen system monitoring.
      • All main switches situated at the touch screen.
      • All navigation lights operated from the touch screen.
      • Tank level gauges situated at the touch screen.
      • Alarms on touch screen and secondary for:
      •       Running bilge pump
      •       Water in fuel
      •       Battery level
      •       Black water

      Navigation instruments

      • Multifunction display.
      • Speed and depth transducers.
      • VHF Radio DSC class D.

      Owners manual


      The boat is CE certificated category A (unlimited ocean voyages). 
      The information contained in this specification is subject to change without prior notification.
      Extra equipment may influence the standard specification.
      Specifications may be altered at any time without prior notice.
      Contest Yachts, September, 2015/01

in the press
  • 20
    Contest 52MC Flybridge
    • Contest 52MC Flybridge

      Motorboat & Yachting, March 20, 2015 -

      Adding a flybridge to the already competent 52MC is a no-brainer, while the unflappable hull makes short work of choppy seas ad benign inland waterways alike. 

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  • 18
    Contest 52MC
    • Contest 52MC

      Yacht Turkye, August 18, 2014 -

      Yelkenciden usta işi bir Contest 52MC

      Hollanda’da Amsterdam yakınlarındaki Medemblik’te 50 yılı aşkın süredir yelkenli tekneler üreten Contest Yachts motoryat...

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    Contest 52MC; Examen d'éntrée réussi
    • Contest 52MC; Examen d'éntrée réussi

      Neptune, April 09, 2014 -

      Réputé pour ses superbes voiliers, le chantier hollandais Contest fait une entrée fracassante dan le monde du motonautims avec un petit yacht au look ravageur et...

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