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.
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.
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.
|Displacement||11,000 kg||24,251 lbs|
|Mast height above waterline||22.09m||72.5ft|
|Fuel tank||226/88 ltr||49.7/19.4 imp. gal.|
|Water tank||381 ltr||83.8 imp. gal.|
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.
The stability curve shows a high initial stability and great sail carrying capacity.
As with all Contest Yachts the interior will be fully made at our own yard in Medemblik, with great attendance to flexibility and detailing.
Main switch panel
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.
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...see article
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...see article
Graham Snook, Yachting Monthly, March 03, 2015 -
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.
The new 42CS from Contest Yachts clearly stands out from the crowd.