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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.

virtual tour

visit the 42CS

With such a well planned twin-wheel working cockpit and storage aft and large social cockpit forward, you’ll be impressed by the sailing comfort aboard as well as the wonderful living comforts

virtual tour


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main specifications
  • 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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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.


      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Anchor locker in composite with gelcoat finish and teak covered deck hatch.
      • Teak toe rail, cockpit seats, cockpit floor and teak detailing around the cockpit.


      • Vacuum infused composite longitudinals in sandwich, using the Conyplex vacuum infusion system®.
      • Hull stiffeners consisting of quadraxial and biaxial infused E-glass fully bonded.


      • Performance keel with bulb in lead.
      • 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.
      • Aluminium anodised rudderpost.
      • JEFA rudder bearings.
      • JEFA steering system with cables.
  • deck layout
    • Cockpit

      • Two helmsman positions.
      • Large separated guest cockpit, suitable for eight people sitting.
      • Winches and sheets situated within reach of helmsman’s position.
      • Free walkway from cockpit to bathing platform.
      • Three cockpit stowage lockers.
      • Pad eyes for safety harnesses mounted in cockpit.
      • Transom door with remote control.

      Hatches and windows

      • Two flush hull windows.
      • Chemical hardened, laminated panoramic windows in saloon.
      • Opening portlights in panoramic window.
      • Opening flush skylight hatches.
      • Opening skylight hatch in coach roof.
      • Opening port lights in cockpit.
      • Windscreen wiper system incl. windscreen washing system.

      Deck hardware and equipment

      • Stainless steel 316 stem head fitting.
      • Stainless steel 316 guardrails 62 cm high with two 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 mooring cleats: two cleats forward, two cleats amidships and two cleats aft.
      • 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.
      • Four fenders with socks and ropes.
      • Four 20 m 16 mm mooring warps.

      Sailing hardware

      • Deck fittings.
      • Aluminium winches throughout.
      • Two self-tailing halyard winches in cockpit near entrance.
      • Winch handles.
      • Foldable chain plate on deck for removable cutter stay.

      Anchor system

      • Integrated anchor launching system in bow.
      • Electric anchor winch.
      • 20 kg Delta anchor with 50 m galvanised 10 mm anchor chain.

      Steering system

      • Twin composite steering pedestals with stainless steel steering wheels with leather covers.
      • Compass.
  • mast, rigging & sails
    • Mast

      • Selden spars, keel stepped, sloop rigged with silver anodised finish.
      • Swept back spreaders.
      • Slab reefing system.
      • Reefing lines led aft to the cockpit.
      • Selden MDS Car system.
      • LED navigation lights on deck.
      • Masthead light 3-colours with anchor light.
      • Deck light.
      • Windex in mast top.


      • Standing rigging in stainless steel wire 1x19.
      • Backstay tensioner.
      • Rodkicker.
      • Genoa manual furling system Furlex.
      • Main sheet 12 mm, winches situated within reach of the helmsman.
      • Genoa sheets 12 mm, winches situated within reach of the helmsman.


      • Mainsail, fully battened, slab reefing by North Sails.
      • 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.
      • Shower stalls with thermostatic mixer.
      • Doors with anti-rattle door locks.
      • Corian worktops in galley.
      • Corian tops in each head with washbasins.
      • Design taps.
      • Three-burner cooker with oven and grill fitted on gimbals (stainless steel).
      • Quality upholstery, colour to owner's choice.
      • Quality curtain blinds for portholes.
      • Lee cloths in all berths.
      • Overhead lights in all cabins.
      • Red navigation light above chart table.
      • Careful noise reduction throughout.
      • Engine room well insulated.
      • Comfortable mattresses in all cabins.
      • Waste bin in galley.
      • Extensive mirrors in heads.
  • systems & equipment
    • Engine

      • Spacious engine room with easy access from side passage.
      • Yanmar 4JH57, 42kW (57hp) 3000 rpm 4 cylinder common rail diesel engine.
      • Indirect cooling.
      • Yanmar SD60 sail drive.
      • 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.
      • Three 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.

      Fuel system

      • Fuel tank capacity 226 litres + optional day tank 88 litres.
      • Drain pump on fuel tanks.
      • Fuel filter with water separator. Acoustic and visual “water in fuel” alarm.
      • Diesel tank level gauge on switch panel.

       Fresh water system

      • Pressurized hot & cold water system.
      • Water tank capacity 381 litres.
      • Water heater 40 litres with heat exchanger to engine and 750 W immersion heating element.
      • Thermostat taps in galley and heads.
      • Water tank level gauge on switch panel.

      Bilge system

      • Triple bilge system in keel (electric), engine room (manual) and garage (electric).
      • Water detection in saloon when heeling.
      • Grey water pump equipped with flexible hose for water discharge in any compartment.

      Black & Grey water system

      • Two manual flush seawater toilets.
      • Separate black water system in front and aft ship.
      • Indicator on black water tank indicating full or empty.
      • Shower stalls with automatic drain.
      • Separate grey water system in front and aft ship.

      Refrigeration system

      • Refrigerator in galley.

      Ventilation system

      • Forced ventilation system in engine room.

      Safety Equipment

      • Gas valve manual.
      • Two foam fire extinguishers 2 kg.
      • Fire blanket.
      • Fire port in engine room wall, for portable fire extinguisher.


  • electrical systems
    • AC/DC systems

      • 12 VDC and 230 VAC system on board.
      • Standard energy pack:
        ○   Service batteries 420 Ah | 12 VDC
        ○   Start battery engine 50 Ah | 12 VDC
        ○   Battery charger service batteries 100 A | 12 VDC
        ○   Start battery charged by service batteries charger 10 A | 12 VDC
        ○   Monitoring display batteries
        ○   Alternator 125 A | 12 VDC start- and service batteries
        ○   230V - 50 Hz shore power connection:
        ◦   Shore power 16 A
        ◦   Shore power socket for 230 VAC | 50 Hz shore power
        ◦   Cable 25 m with 3-pole CEE 16 A connector
      • 230V socket in each cabin/compartment.
      • All sea cocks under waterline are grounded.

      Main switch panel

      • All main switches operated from the touch screen.
      • All navigation lights operated from the switch panel.
      • Tank level gauges situated at the switch panel.
      • Tank level gauges integrated in the touch screen.
      • Alarms on touch screen (overriding all pages) for:
        ○   Water in boat
        ○   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).
      Lloyd's certification 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 2017/01.

in the press
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    Contest 42CS - a pedigree bluewater cruiser
    • Contest 42CS - a pedigree bluewater cruiser

      Toby Hodges, September 15, 2016 -

      On test: Contest 42CS

      Our mini-cruise aboard this impressive family cruiser demonstrated the quality of Dutch craftsmanship ontest introduced a 42-footer to...

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    Contest 42CS test in Segeln
    • Contest 42CS test in Segeln

      Kai Köckeritz, May 01, 2015 -

      EIN SCHIFF mit vielen Geschitern

      Die niederländische Werft Contest Yachts bietet ihre 42er in zahlreichen Varianten an. So kann sich jeder Käufer sein Wunschschiff gestalten. Wir...

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    Contest 42CS in Yachting Monthly
    • Contest 42CS in Yachting Monthly

      Graham Snook, Yachting Monthly, March 03, 2015 -

      Contest 42CS
      At almost 13 metres long the 42CS is no baby, but she is the newest arrival to the Contest family. We sent Graham Snook to Holland to test her mettle on the IJsselmeer.

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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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Yachting Monthly

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

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