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Contest 45CS

Perfectly set for distance cruising with the big boat comforts of central cockpit and large, full beam, aft master suite, the Contest 45CS is a familiar sight on the circumnavigator’s circuit. With primarily a two sleeping cabin plan with option of a third bunked cabin or workshop, she presents a very practical living and sailing arrangement. Finish, furnishing and equipping are all to Contest’s customary high standards with optional personalisations to make your boat very much your own.

The cockpit’s central wheel helm station presents a commanding position and excellent forward view with sheets and sail controls within reach for simplified short handing. She sails fast, tracking well with good feedback from the Jefa steering system, and with little heel thanks to good cruising design principles such as big, central, underfloor tanks contributing to form stability. 



Flush decks, secure centre cockpit and wraparound panoramic windows mark this Contest 45CS as very much the long legged cruiser, a boat comfortable to sail at pace with great outlook. Fixtures from sturdy side gates and handrails, for simple, safe boarding, and fold-down pushpit seats that lift to ease working of stern fairleads and cleats, all add to the sense of cruising completeness. Then there’s how you choose to specify. 


The spacious plan below, as standard, is for two cabins, master aft, and guest forward, with both sharing high comfort features and excellent stowage for long-stay clothing and personal effects. Generous consideration has also been given to ensuite shower space and heads. Materials from wood grain and inlays to colour of Corian worktops are individual as is the choice of appliances and equipment. For simplicity of service and maintenance there is a dedicated technical area and the well insulated engine room has a spacious side panel access from the practical corridor galley.


sail plan

Most popularly rigged as a sloop, a cutter option is available. Mainsail reefing can be in boom or mast. Sail controls all in reach of helmsman position. Mainsheet traveller at cockpit aft end.

interior layout

Choice of 2/3 cabin plan, 2 ensuites. Optional third cabin can also be specified as workshop. Convertible saloon table slide transforms for dining/occasional use, extending space.

deck layout

Deckplan incorporates big split chain locker with additional kedge stowage and chain rinse. Twin lockers in aft deck take dinghy and working gear. Steps down to scooped stern.


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main specifications
  • main dimensions
    • Length overal 13.70m 44.9ft
      Length waterline 11.64m 38.19ft
      Maximum beam 4.10m 13.3ft
      Displacement 13,500 kg 29,760 lbs
      Draft bulb keel 1,95m 6.40ft 
      Ballast bulb keel 5,100 kg 11,244 lbs
      Mast height above waterline 21.08m 68.9ft 
      Main sail  54m2 581ft2
      Genoa 108% 49m2  527ft2 
      Fuel tank  286 ltr 63 imp. gal.
      Water tank  420 ltr 92.4 imp. gal.
      Engine, Yanmar 55.2kW 75hp
  • polar performance diagram
    • The diagram shows the exceptional upwind and reaching potential of the 45CS.
      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 available 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.
      • Deck lockers and anchor locker in composite with gelcoat finish and aluminium teak covered deck hatches.
      • 12 mm 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®.


      • 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, vacuum infused composite with the Conyplex vacuum infusion system®.
      • Aluminium anodised rudderpost.
      • JEFA rudder bearings.
      • JEFA steering system rack and pinion.


  • deck layout
    • Cockpit

      • Large cockpit, suitable for six people with helmsman's position.
      • Winches and sheets situated within reach of helmsman’s position.
      • Two alcoves for storage of sheets and other small deck gear.
      • Pad eyes for safety harnesses mounted in cockpit.
      • Transom door with remote control.

      Hatches and windows

      • Portlights in hull.
      • Chemical hardened, laminated panoramic windows in saloon.
      • Opening skylight hatches in coach roof.
      • Opening port lights in cockpit.
      • Flush teak covered aluminium deck hatches.
      • 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 with two fairleads forward, two cleats amidships, two cleats aft and two fairleads on stern.
      • 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.
      • Four fenders with socks and ropes.
      • Four 13 m 16 mm mooring warps.
      • Two 20 m 16 mm mooring warps.

       Sailing hardware

      • Deck fittings.
      • Aluminium winches throughout.
      • Two genoa winches.
      • Two self-tailing halyard winches on mast.
      • Winch handles.
      • Foldable chain plate on deck for removable cutter stay.

       Anchor system

      • Integrated anchor launching system in bow.
      • Electric anchor winch.
      • 25 kg Delta anchor with 50 m galvanised 10 mm anchor chain.
      • Anchor chain marked each 10 m.

       Steering system

      • Composite steering pedestal with stainless steel steering wheel with leather cover.
      • Compass.
  • mast, rigging & sails
    • Mast

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


      • Standing rigging in stainless steel wire 1x19.
      • Backstay tensioner.
      • Rodkicker.
      • Genoa manual furling system Furlex.
      • Main sheet 12 mm with fine trim.
      • Genoa sheets 14 mm, 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 headbord in aft cabin.
      • 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 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 and skylight hatches.
      • Sprung slats owner´s cabin.
      • Lee cloths in all berths.
      • Overhead lights in all cabins.
      • Dimmers on overhead lights in saloon.
      • Red navigation light above chart table.
      • Careful noise reduction throughout.
      • Engine room well insulated.
      • Comfortable mattresses in all cabins.
      • Trotter box in wet locker for extra berth.
      • Wet locker with drainage for stowage of foul weather gear.
      • Transparent chart holder on top of sliding companionway hatch.
      • 36-set (6 persons) of Contest Yachts porcelain crockery.
      • 24-set (6 persons) of drinking glasses and bottle stowage in bar.
      • Automatic lighting (30 seconds) when opening companionway hatch.
      • Waste bin under companionway stairs.
      • Extensive mirrors in heads.


  • systems & equipment
    • Engine

      • Spacious engine room with easy access from side passage.
      • Yanmar 4JH80 59kW (80hp) 3200 rpm 4 cylinder turbo-charged common rail diesel engine.
      • Indirect cooling.
      • Yanmar SD60 sail drive.
      • Separate main switch to enable service batteries to be used as starter battery.
      • Single lever gears throttle control on steering pedestal.
      • Engine panel fitted in cockpit including rev. counter, oil pressure- temperature- and charge alarm, start and stop buttons.
      • Water cooled exhaust with double 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 286 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 420 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

      • Electric bilge pump in keel sump, with automatic switch.
      • Manual bilge pump in engine room.
      • Water detection in saloon when heeling.
      • Grey water pump equipped with flexible hose for water discharge in any compartment.
      • Central discharge in engine room to reduce number of through hull fittings.

      Black & Grey water system

      • Manual flush seawater toilet in forward head.
      • Electric flush seawater toilet in aft head.
      • 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 stainless steel with front door.

       Ventilation system

      • Forced ventilation system in engine room.

       Safety equipment

      • Gas valve manual.
      • Three foam fire extinguishers 2 kg.
      • Fire blanket.
      • Fire port in engine room wall, for portable fire extinguisher.
  • electrical systems
    • 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 170 Ah | 24 VDC
        ○   Start battery engine 50 Ah | 12 VDC
        ○   Battery charger start battery 10 A | 12 VDC
        ○   Monitoring display batteries
        ○   Alternator 125 A | 12 VDC start battery engine group
        ○   Second alternator 60 A | 24 VDC service battery group
        ○   230V - 50 Hz shore power connection:
        ◦   Shore power isolation transformer 3.5 kW | 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.
      • Emergency engine start on service batteries.
      • All sea cocks under waterline are grounded.

      Main switch panel

      • All main switches situated at the switch panel.
      • 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 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.

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