Contest 42CS | Exquisite Dutch semi-custom yachting
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Contest 42CS

Instantly good looking… and with so much more to her than first meets the eye. It’s not just the clever detailing in design, build and plan. The aft cockpit Contest 42CS permits owners a virtual custom build… simply unique at this size.

The options are so many. There are four different saloon plans, three cabin arrangements for both bow and stern, five different cockpits, carbon or aluminium spars, and multiple sail handling systems. In all, that means a remarkable number of different versions of the interior and cockpit. The result? A personalised Contest 42CS to suit everyone from family cruiser or bluewater couple to racing enthusiast.

The Contest 42CS is the first yacht of this size ever to offer such personalised customisation. Then to top it all, she’s a delight to sail, both easily managed and fast. And individually hand built, she shares the same hallmark high standards seen across the range, right through to the flagship Contest 72CS.

No wonder she won European Yacht of the Year 2014.



A beautiful balance between topside height, sheerline and coachroof outline presents a timeless, powerful profile. Broad sterned with twin helm stations, decks and cockpit are wide and particularly easy to walk and work for boat size.

Outfitting is first class with vacuum bonded thick teak, top brand hardware and clever design detailing such as the aft-led sail controls channelled invisibly, internally through the mullions in the coachroof glazing. Choice begins with three key deck plans: Shorthanded, Cruising and Performance, each with winch and sheeting layouts designed accordingly around the three different cockpit versions. 


From modern, light grain joinery like this pale washed oak to more classical honey toned teak, the accommodation mood is for the owner to choose while considering just which cabin plan suits best. Headroom throughout is generous and stowage is plentiful.

From soft cornered cabinets, to upholstered panels and Corian galley top, the finish is lustrous, tactile, complete, the sense of a very much bigger boat.  By day natural lights fills every cabin and by night feature lighting illuminates luxuriously. Fittings and furnishings are all of top quality and easy access to all service points is in-built, a fine achievement for such a customisable interior.


sail plan

Swept back, two spreader rig with options of aluminium or carbon with in-mast, in-boom or slab reefing. Integral retractable prodder and tidy, beneath-deck headsail furler. 

interior layout

The accommodation sections are interchangeable and also introduce detail differences, eg wet locker or shower stall added to day head swaps out for separate chart table.

deck layout

Cruiser, Shorthanded and Performance versions feature different arrangements from cockpit floor traveller to coachroof main sheet and outboard or central in-cockpit winching.


main dimensions

Length overall 12.85m 42.15ft
Length waterline 11.76m 38.64ft
Maximum beam 4.15m 13.61ft
Displacement 11,000 kg 24,251 lbs
Draft standard 2.20m 7.21ft 
Draft shallow 1.80m  5.90ft 
Mast height above waterline 22.09m 72.5ft 
Main sail  57m2 613ft2
Genoa 108% 47m2  506ft2 
Fuel tank  226/88 ltr 49.7/19.4 imp. gal.
Water tank  381 ltr 83.8 imp. gal.
Engine, Yanmar 40kW 54hp 

polar performance diagram

The diagram shows the exceptional upwind and reaching potential of the 42CS.
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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Contest 42CS
4.75 Contest 42CS

The new 42CS from Contest Yachts clearly stands out from the crowd.


Cruising World

The new 42CS from Contest Yachts clearly stands out from the crowd.

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Die Yacht

European Yacht of the Year 2014 Luxus-Kategorie: Unvergleiclich

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Yachting Monthly

Beautifully built, stylish and comfortable; the Contest 42CS has it all.

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De zeileigenschappen zijn een feilloze combinatie van prestatie en comfort.

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