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Contest 72CS

At a size allowing four spacious guest cabins and fully enclosable galley and crew quarters, the Contest 72CS, flagship of the Contest fleet, provides the perfect platform for both owner driver or skipper and crew assisted sailing. And the nature of wide ranging options spans just about every element of this truly semi-custom build, with bulkhead positioning almost the only constraint.

Deliveries to date span full carbon rig with Park Lane boom and 3Di moulded sails to alloy spars and vertically battened Vectra with in-mast furling. With one approach racing, one cruising, one more private with forward galley, one inclusive with aft U-shaped galley, choice and specification is entirely personal. 

Beneath this freedom, there lies extensive design engineering pre-empting likelihoods with proven practice and application. This is such a trait of Contest and a powerful differentiator. Scope well considered before the first line is drawn. The Contest 72CS presents a most persuasive case, virtual custom build at fractional cost.



Big sister to the Contest 67CS, mother to the 42CS, this flagship 72CS shares the signature central cockpit winch but underscores top family status with the unique option of reverse or counter stern. The counter extends her aft deck and creates an even bigger lazarette and tender garage. There’s opportunity, too, for a tender-well on the foredeck that further doubles as water filled tub or tabled leisure cockpit for foredeck drinks and dining. Sail control’s finger-tip automated and the helm’s a delight with good feedback.


With anything from two to five sleeping cabins, the interior really is to owner specification and purpose and, whatever the plan, the detailing is to the finest of Dutch modern traditions. Particular attention is paid to noise and vibration control with extensive isolation and insulation techniques applied. Detailing includes custom fashioned fixings and fittings to the hand finished interior, and access to service points is assured be it pipe runs or deck fittings, machinery or the extensive electrics in the dedicated, vented technical room.


sail plan

Sloop with cutter option or removable inner stay for eased tacking when not flying staysail. Fully carbon rig or stainless rod and alloy spars. Various hydraulic furling systems. 

interior layout

Hand built and finished, panelled and joinered interior to owner specification with extensively personalised accommodation plan from two to five cabins, private or charter.

deck layout

Expansive flush decks with optional foredeck tub and cockpit. Choice of counter or reverse stern. Level central access and walkway between twin wheel and cockpit tables.

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With choice of open plan or enclosable galley and discrete crew quarters, the Contest 72CS is well set for private and charter use. Detailing is to the very best of Dutch modern traditions

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main specifications
  • main dimentions
    • Length overall 21.80m 71.5ft
      Length waterline 18.99m 62.3ft
      Maximum beam 5.70m 18.7ft
      Displacement 44,300 kg 97,664 lbs
      Draft bulb keel 2.80m 9.18ft
      Ballast bulb keel 16,500 kg 36,376 lbs
      Mast height above waterline 31,20m 101.1ft
      Main sail 133m2 1,431ft2
      Genoa 111% 129m2 1,388ft2
      Fuel tank 1,700 ltr. 373.9 imp. gal.
      Water tank 1,018 ltr. 223.9 imp. gal.
      Optional water tank 200 ltr. 44
      Engine, Perkins 161kW 216hp
  • polar performance diagram
    • The diagram shows the exceptional upwind and reaching potential of the 72CS.
      Curves from in- to outside are calculated at 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 20 knots true windspeed.

      polar performance diagram
  • stability curve
    • The stability curve shows a high initial stability and great sail carrying capacity. 


      stability curve
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standard features
  • construction
    • General

      • Hull and deck are made of high quality materials.
      • Several interior arrangements are possible within the structural bulkheads and keel grid. Two separate watertight bulkheads are foreseen in every interior arrangement.


      • Hull in sandwich, vacuum infused composite with the Conyplex vacuum infusion system®.
      • Laminate consisting of quadraxial 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 keel area.
      • First layer after gelcoat is a special barrier coat.
      • Structural bulkheads fully bonded to hull and deck.
      • Two year warranty.
      • Hull: gelcoat white.
      • Stripe and waterlines: colour owner's choice.
      • Name and homeport on stern.
      • Antifouling: two layers.


      • 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.
      • Deck lockers and anchor locker in composite with gelcoat finish and aluminium teak covered deck hatches.
      • 12mm hand laid teak deck, toe rail, cockpit seats, cockpit floor and teak detailing around the cockpit. 


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


      • Lead performance keel with bulb.
      • Keel bolted through solid laminate using stainless steel bolts.
      • Keel floors in sandwich, vacuum infused composite with the Conyplex vacuum infusion system®.


      • Fully balanced composite spade rudder.
      • Fibre orientated rudder laminate, vacuum infused composite with the Conyplex vacuum infusion system®.
      • Stainless steel rudderpost.
      • JEFA rudder bearings.
      • JEFA steering system.
  • deck layout
    • Cockpit

      • Two helmsman positions.
      • Large separated guest cockpit, suitable for twelve people sitting.
      • Two cockpit tables with stainlss steel 316 support for table and canvas cover for UV protection.
      • Winches and sheets situated within reach of helmsman’s position.
      • Free walkway from aft deck to guest cockpit.
      • Pad eyes for safety harnesses mounted in cockpit. 

      Hatches and windows

      • Six flush hull windows.
      • Chemical hardened, laminated panoramic windows in saloon.
      • Opening flush skylight hatches.
      • Opening skylight hatches in coach roof.
      • Opening portlights in cockpit.
      • Flush teak covered aluminium deck hatches.

      Deck hardware and equipment

      • Stainless steel 316 stem head fitting.
      • Stainless steel 316 guardrails 75cm high with three wires.
      • Stainless steel 316 bathing ladder.
      • Stainless steel 316 fillers.
      • Stainless steel 316 handrails on cabin roof.
      • Stainless steel 316 anti chafe rails below mooring cleats.
      • Stainless steel 316 gateway stanchions amidships.
      • Stainless steel 316 mooring cleats; two cleats with two fairleads forward, two cleats amidships, two cleats aft and two fairleads on stern.
      • Seats with stainless support on pushpit.
      • Sprayhood with stainless steel frame.
      • Flagpole with stainless steel 316 support.
      • Aluminium emergency tiller.
      • Self draining gas bottle locker in deck. Including one bottle with gas regulator valve. Extra space for second bottle in locker.
      • Boat hook in aluminium stowed on lower shroud.
      • Shower hot/cold at aft ship.
      • Eight fenders with socks and ropes.
      • Four 25m 18mm mooring warps.
      • Two 25m 22mm mooring warps.

      Sailing hardware

      • Deck fittings.
      • Three stainless steel manual self tailing winches.
      • Genoa winches hydraulic.
      • Winch handles.
      • Two self tailing halyard winches on mast.

      Anchor system

      • Integrated anchor launching system in bow.
      • Hydraulic anchor winch.
      • 63 kg Delta anchor with 100m galvanised 13mm anchor chain.
      • Anchor chain marked each 10m.

      Steering system

      • Twin composite steering pedestals with stainless steel steering wheels with leather covers.
      • Compasses.


      • Hydraulic backstay tensioner.
      • Hydraulic boomvang.
      • Electric control system on pedestal for boomvang and back stay.
      • Hydraulic openable bathing platform with access to garage.


  • mast, rigging & sails
    • Mast

      • Selden spars, keel stepped, sloop rigged, anodised, painted white.
      • Swept back spreaders.
      • Slab reefing system.
      • Selden MDS Car system.
      • LED navigation lights.
      • Masthead light 3-colours with anchor light.
      • Deck light.
      • Spreaders lights 2 x down.
      • Boom light.
      • Windex in mast top.


      • Fixed cutter stay with tensioner and running backstays.
      • Standing rigging: Rod rigging.
      • Genoa hydraulic furling system.
      • Main sheet 14mm, winches situated within reach of the helmsman.
      • Genoa sheets 16mm, winches situated within reach of the helmsman.


      • Mainsail, fully battened, slab reefing by North Sails.
      • Lazy jacks and main sail cover.
      • Furling genoa by North Sails.
  • 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 oak joinery.
      • Oak floor.
      • Matt varnished.
      • Chrome fittings throughout.
      • Padded side panelling.
      • Padded sections throughout the boat.
      • Diagonally sliding saloon table for easy access for comfortable lounging and dining.
      • Two ottomans for occasional seating with release fitting for easy stowage while sailing.
      • Shower stalls with on handle mixer valves.
      • Doors with anti-rattle door locks.
      • Corian worktops in galley. 
      • Corian tops in each head with washbasins.
      • Design taps.
      • Five-burner cooker, with oven and grill fitted on gimbals (stainless steel).
      • Cooker hood with extractor fan in galley.
      • Microwave stainless steel in galley.
      • Quality upholstery, colour to owner's choice.
      • Quality curtain blinds for portholes.
      • Quality curtain blinds behind padded panels for hull windows.
      • Roller blinds at all skylight hatches.
      • Lee cloths in all berths.
      • Overhead lights in all cabins.
      • Dimmers on overhead lights throughout the ship. 
      • Red navigation light above chart table.
      • Careful noise reduction throughout.
      • Engine room well insulated.
      • Comfortable mattresses in all cabins.
      • 60-set (10 persons) of Contest Yachts porcelain crockey.
      • Automatic lighting (30 seconds) when opening companionway hatch.
      • Garbage bin in galley.
      • Extensive mirrors in heads.
  • systems & equipment
    • Engine

      • Spacious engine room with easy access from top side.
      • Perkins M216C 161kW (216hp) 2400 rpm 6 cylinder turbo-charged diesel engine.
      • Indirect cooling.
      • Hurth ZF63A Hydraulic gearbox.
      • Separate main switch to enable service batteries to be used as starter battery.
      • Single lever gears throttle control on starboard steering pedestal.
      • Engine panel fitted in cockpit including rev. counter, oil pressure- temperature- and charge alarm, start and stop buttons.
      • Water cooled exhaust with water lock and water separator.
      • Stainless steel propeller shaft with thrust bearing and flexible coupling. 
      • Stern tube with water lubricated bearings and water seal.
      • V-bracket propeller shaft.
      • Four bladed propeller in bronze.
      • Engine room insulated with combined drone- and sound absorbing insulation.
      • Engine room ventilation by double electric ventilators and natural ventilation grills.
      • Automatic engine room fire extinguish system.

      Bow thruster

      • 20hp (300 kgf) hydraulic retractable bow thruster. 

      Fuel system

      • Fuel tank capacity 1,700 litres (2 tanks).
      • Drain pump on fuel tanks.
      • Fuel filter with water separator. Acoustic and visual “water in fuel” alarm.
      • Diesel tank level gauge on swith panel.


      Fresh water system

      • Pressurized hot & cold water system.
      • Water tank capacity 1,018 litres. 
      • 2 x water heater 40 litres with heat exchanger to engine and 750 W immersion heating element.
      • Mixer taps in galley and heads.
      • Water tank level gauge on switch panel.
      • Stern shower. 

      Bilge system

      • Centralised bilge pump system with suction points throughout the boat, equipped with two electric bilge pumps and backup manual bilge pump.
      • Electric bilge pump can be operated from steering pedestal.
      • Electric pump in front and aft ship with flexible hose for water discharge in any compartment.
      • Water detection in salon when heeling.

      Black & Grey water system

      • Manual flush sea water toilet in skippers cabin.
      • Electric flush seawater toilets in guest cabins.
      • Electric flush seawater toilet in aft head. 
      • Separate black water system in front and aft ship.
      • Indicator on black water tank indicating full or 50%.
      • Shower stalls with automatic drain.
      • Separate grey water system in front and aft ship.

      Refrigeration system

      • 2 x refrigerator in stainless steel with front door.
      • Top opening freezer in galley work top.

      Ventilation system

      • Forced ventilation system in engine room.
      • Forced ventilation in technical room.

      Safety equipment

      • Gas valve electric and manual.
      • Four foam fire extinguishers 2 kg.
      • Fire blanket.
      • Automatic fire extinguish system in engine room.
  • electrical equipment
    • AC/DC systems 

      • 24 VDC and 230 VAC system on board.
      • Dedicated technical area (electrical room) for switches and fuses.
      • Standard energy pack:
      •   Service batteries 720 Ah | 24 VDC (Li-Ion)
      •   Start battery engine 70 Ah | 24 VDC
      •   Start battery generator 70 Ah | 12 VDC
      •   Combined inverter/charger, 3.500 W inverter, 100 A | 24 VDC battery charger
      •   Battery charger start battery 12 A |  24 VDC
      •   Battery charger generator start battery 25 A | 12 VDC
      •   Monitoring/control display batteries and combined inverter/charger
      •   Alternator 60 A | 24 VDC start battery engine group
      •   Second alternator 75 A | 24 VDC service battery group
      •   Generator 1500rpm, 11.0kW, 230 VAC - 50Hz
      •   230V -  50 Hz shore power connection:
      •    - Shore power isolation transformer 7.0kW | 32 A
      •    - Shore power socket for 230 VAC | 50 Hz shore power
      •    - Cable 25m with 3-pole CEE 16 A connector
      •   Adapter cable CEE 32 A to CEE 16 A
      • 230V socket in each cabin/compartment.
      • Emergency engine start on service batteries.
      • All sea cocks under waterline are grounded.

      Main switch panel 

      • Touch screen mounted near chart table.
      • All main switches operated from the touch screen.
      • All navigation lights with fault indication operated from the touch screen.
      • Tank level gauges integrated in the touch screen.
      • Easy power equipment monitoring.
      • Alarms on touch screen (overiding all pages) for:
      •   Water in boat
      •   Fire extinguish system engine room
      •   Water in fuel
      •   Battery level
      •   Black water tanks
      • Switch for navigation lights on engine/sailing/anchoring. 

      Owners manual


      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.

      Contest Yachts, January 2016/01

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Contest 72CS
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The Contest 72CS, is already premier league when it comes to its looks, finish and performance.

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