A proven all-rounder in bluewater adventuring and harder pressed club racing, 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.
With winches optionally powered or manual immediately to each side of the wheel, the helm can trim alone or work in close connection with crew. Access in and out of the neatly sprayhood protected cockpit is made easy by design and the deep, wide decks to side fore and aft have ample handholds for safe circulation and working. The 12mm thick teak planking then provides good grip for crew feet just as it does long life under the brush. Large lockers in stern and bow swallow all the serious cruising kit.
The personal touch below, of course, extends far beyond materials and fittings, to differently framed layouts. First, two or three sleeping cabins with the third bunked cabin also available as workshop or office – a popular option for distance cruisers still involved in business. The two cabin version offers almost parity in space and comforts fore and aft with extra wardrobes, side sofas and very large ensuites. Then in the saloon there’s a choice of facing sofas or wraparound dining area and differently sited chart table.
Sloop or cutter rig, smaller foretriangle for quick and easy tacking. Selden spars, sails by North as standard. Electric or hydraulic headsail furling. Choice of mainsail reefing systems.
Cruising couple’s master and VIP guest cabin plan with option of office, or additional bunked cabin for family and friends. Featuring includes mood and red night lighting.
|Length overall||14.99 m||49.18 ft|
|Length waterline||13.13 m||43.08 ft|
|Maximum beam||4.58 m||15.03 ft|
|Displacement||17,500 kg||38,580 lbs|
|Draft bulb keel||2.15 m||7.05 ft|
|Ballast bulb keel||6,100 kg||13,445 lbs|
|Mast height above waterline||23.55 m||77.3 ft|
|Main sail||67 m2||723 ft2|
|Genoa 114%||58 m2||616 ft2|
|Fuel tank||638 ltr.||140 imp. gal.|
|Water tank||714 ltr.||158 imp. gal.|
|Engine, Yanmar||81 kW||110 hp|
The diagram shows the exceptional upwind and reaching potential of the 50CS.
Curves from in- to outside are calculated at 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 20 knots true windspeed.
The stability curve shows a high initial stability and great sail carrying capacity. The stability range of more than 130° exceeds the CE norm by a wide margin.
As with all Contest Yachts the interior will be fully made at our own yard in Medemblik, with great attendance to flexibility and detailing.
The boat is CE certificated category A (unlimited ocean voyages).
Lloyds certificate on hull.
The information contained in this specification is subject to change without prior notification.
Extra equipment may influence the standard specification.
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