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Contest 42CS

Modish, elegant, the bluewater Stradivarius, just some of the praises sung of the Contest 42CS by the world’s leading yachting media. So, no wonder this neat, sophisticated 13-metre cruiser is a proud European Yacht of the Year winner.

And just as this aft-cockpit yacht is about quality and comfort, it’s also about performance and design. The Contest 42CS is the smallest range-model, yet from the get-go conceived and constructed to the very same high production and sailing values of the larger yachts in the Contest line. At this length exceptional, and as such exactly the findings of the expert jury of top European yachting editors.

Altogether, this with a remarkable choice of cabin, deck and rig arrangements makes the up to 6+2 berth Contest 42CS fully capable of safe, comfortable and fast ocean passaging while also offering perfect coastal hopping and bay outings for younger families or couples simply vacationing.  



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

Outfitting is first class with vacuum bonded eco-decking, 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 two key deck plans: Shorthanded and Performance, each with winch and sheeting layouts designed accordingly around the two 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 bowsprit 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

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 42.16ft
Length waterline 11.76m 38.58ft
Maximum beam 4.15m 13.62ft
Displacement 11,000kg 24,251lb
Draft standard 2.20m 7.22ft 
Draft shallow 1.80m  5.91ft 
Mast height above waterline 22.09m 72.47ft 
Main sail  57m2 614ft2
Genoa 108% 47m2  506ft2 
Fuel tank  226/88lt 59.7/23.2US gal
Water tank  381lt 100.6US 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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