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Contest 55CS

The strikingly good-looking Contest 55CS is a totally new, game-changing, go-anywhere, fifty-five-feet beauty.

Aimed straight at the heart of the conscious style, couples-family-and-friends luxury cruising sector, the just announced 17-metre Contest 55CS combines our long-standing reputation as top of the line bluewater performance builder with today's increasingly time limited lifestyle.

Refined elegance with the same go anywhere, anytime potential. A true home from home, wherever and however. Across the yachting community, increasing emphasis is being placed on interior accommodation space and styling, and sadly sometimes to the detriment of safety and sea sense. That's never the case at Contest Yachts, and in the Contest 55CS we have gone to new lengths to show just how aesthetics and practicality really can make perfect partners. How for different types of ownership a yacht can be equally set to circle the world and still offer the very best of comfort and space whether lazing at anchor or plugged into marina life.

This way the Contest 55CS provides for ever more enjoyable time aboard. A safe, comfortable, speedy and easily run yacht with space and systems both above and below decks to enjoy life on the water to the full… and that's all waters!



As the new game changer in the mid-fifty-feet sector, the Contest 55CS continues our close collaboration with naval architects judel/vrolijk & co and interior designers Wetzels Brown & Partners. The new model also brings much of the superyacht styling and featuring of the very well-reviewed 26-metre Contest 85CS and 21-metre Contest 67CS to a size previously more constrained. Just look at that coachroof sweeping back into the expansive twin cockpit plan. This degree of equivalency, outside and in, is new to the industry at this length. Especially in a yacht so sleek, yet also so accommodating.

Options in sailing systems, set up and management are many. Carbon or aluminium spars, cutter or sloop, in-mast or slab-reefing, and for downwind sails a carbon sprit with integral furling. Decks are topped with thick, vacuum bonded sustainable teak, and the deck plan incorporates a walk-through cockpit for the simplest and most surefooted working and sidedeck access. While lazing at anchor, that clear aft deck and foredeck, with a choice of shades and covers, make good resting spaces after enjoying a swim and splash or play with toys from that transom door bathing platform and revealed grand garage-store.


For 45 years and more, all Contest yachts have been built under Lloyd's watchful standards and certification. It's a partnership always looking for further structural optimisation and which now in the Contest 55CS sees the introduction of carbon stiffening elements to Contest's own highly regarded and unique vacuum infused molding methods for tightly controlled, lighter yet-to-life, stronger and space saving engineering. For Contest and Lloyd's, integrity is key, as is exactness. This improves performance afloat, in longevity, in residual values ​​- in what can be achieved. It is an enabler, promoting and underwriting new thinking, and the Contest 55CS continues the yard's 60-year history of innovation.


In the flow of that evolution, the Contest 55CS also now includes such featuring as extensive new aft panoramic glazing for the master suite, revealing for the occupants delightful, wide seascape views at anchor as the transom garage door hydraulically lowers to become both bathing platform and launchpad for tender and water toys. And throughout, there is more and more light with a new approach to deck hatches and a choice in hull windows, both in number and size, with in addition to aft cabin and saloon hull windows, the option for galley and forecabin glazing also. The yacht's lighting systems and detailing also show fresh thinking in design installation.

Throughout, the sense of openness is instant. Yet equally evident is Contest's hallmark sea safety with the many handrails plus clever hand-holding lips to cabinetry, all ergonomic in use. And that joinery and its finish is to the yard's always exceptionally high standards. As are the soft furnishings and architectural hardware, with all this, of course, adjusted to individual owners' tastes and needs. And, again, underwriting that, there are many varied cabin plan options for the personal best match. That's the Contest way. The industry catchphrases this as semi-custom construction. We call it building dreams together… and every sailor has a different dream.


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main specifications
  • main dimensions
    • Length overall 17m 55.77ft
      Length including bowsprit 18.10m 59.38ft
      Length waterline 15.83m 51.94ft
      Maximum beam 5.02m 16.47ft
      Displacement 24,960kg 55,027lbs
      Draft standard keel 2.55m 8.37ft
      Mast height above waterline 26.10m 85.30ft
      Main sail 92.75m2 1,087ft2
      Genoa 106% 71m2 767ft2
      Fuel tank 850ltr. 187imp. gal.
      Water tank 725ltr. 159.5 imp. gal.
      Engine, Perkins 110kW 150hp
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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 systemR.
      • Laminate consisting of quadraxial and biaxial E-glass for inner
      • and outer skins, infused with vinylester resin.
      • Local 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.
      • One 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 systemR.
      • 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 teak covered deck hatches.
      • 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 systemR.
      • Vacuum infused composite longitudinals in sandwich, using
      • the Conyplex vacuum infusion systemR.
      • Carbon reinforced stiffeners.


      • 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 systemR.


      • Fully balanced composite spade rudder.
      • Fibre orientated rudder laminate (JEFA).
      • Aluminium anodised rudderpost.
      • JEFA rudder bearings.
      • JEFA steering system.
  • deck layout
    • Cockpit

      • Large cockpit, suitable for eight people.
      • Two helmsman positions.
      • Fixed cockpit teak table with stainless steel 316 support.
      • Winches and sheets situated within reach of helmsman
      • position.
      • Free walkway from aft deck to guest cockpit.
      • Pad eyes for safety harnesses mounted in cockpit and at
      • helmsman position.

      Hatches and windows

      • Four flush hull windows.
      • Panoramic windows in saloon.
      • Opening flush skylight hatches.
      • Opening skylight hatch in coach roof.
      • Opening port lights in cockpit.
      • Flush teak covered deck hatches.

      Deck hardware and equipment

      • Stainless steel 316 stem head fitting.
      • Stainless steel 316 guardrails 62cm high with two wires.
      • Closed transom with electric bathing platform covered with
      • teak in combination with a 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, two cleats aft and two fairleads on stern.
      • Flagpole with stainless steel 316 support.
      • 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.
      • Six fenders with socks and ropes.
      • Four 20m 16mm mooring warps.
      • Two 25m 18mm mooring warps.

      Sailing hardware

      • Deck fittings.
      • Aluminium winches throughout.
      • Central self-tailing mainsail winch.
      • Two genoa winches.
      • Two self-tailing halyard winches .
      • Winch handles.
      • Chain plate on deck for removable cutter stay.
      • Preparation spipole track on standard mast.

      Anchor system

      • Integrated anchor launching system in bow.
      • Electric anchor winch.
      • 32kg Delta anchor with 70m galvanised 10mm anchor chain.
      • Anchor chain marked each 10m.

      Steering system

      • Twin steering pedestals combined with stainless steel
      • steering wheels with leather cover.
      • Back-up steering system.
      • Compass.


      • Hydraulic backstay tensioner.
      • Hydraulic boom vang.
      • Combined control panel in cockpit for boom vang and
      • backstay.
  • 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.
      • Masthead light 3-colours with anchor light.
      • Steamlight.
      • Deck light.
      • Boom light.
      • Windex in mast top.


      • Standing rigging: Dyform rigging.
      • Genoa manual furling system Furlex.
      • Main sheet, winches situated within reach of the helmsman.
      • Genoa sheets, winches situated within reach of the
      • helmsman.


      • Mainsail, fully battened, slab reefing by CY selected quality
      • supplier.
      • Lazy jacks and main sail cover.
      • Furling genoa by CY selected quality supplier.
  • 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 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 curtain blinds for portholes.
      • Quality curtain blinds behind padded panels for hull windows.
      • Roller blinds at all skylight hatches.
      • Lee cloths in all berths.
      • Overhead lights in all cabins.
      • Dimmers on overhead lights in saloon.
      • LED ceiling lights.
      • Red navigation light above chart table.
      • Reading lights on bulkhead owner's cabin
      • 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.
      • Volvo Penta D3-150 110kW (150 hp) 3.000 rpm 5 cylinder turbocharged
      • diesel engine.
      • Indirect cooling.
      • Volvo Penta HS45AE hydraulic gearbox.
      • Separate main switch to enable service batteries to be used as
      • starter battery.
      • 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 and water sperator.
      • Stainless steel propeller shaft with thrust bearing and flexible
      • coupling.
      • Stern tube with water lubricated bearings and water seal.
      • P-bracket propeller shaft.
      • 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.
      • Automatic engine room fire extinguish system.

      Fuel system

      • Fuel tank capacity 850 litres.
      • Water suction point on fuel tank with seperate drain pump..
      • Fuel filter with water separator. Acoustic and visual “water in
      • fuel” alarm.
      • Diesel tank level gauge on touch screen.

      Fresh water system

      • Water tank capacity 725 litres.
      • Pressurized hot & cold water system.
      • 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 touchscreen.

      Bilge system

      • Electric bilge pump in keel sump, with automatic switch.
      • Manual bilge pump in engine room.
      • Electric bilge pump in lazarette with automatic switch.
      • Grey water pump equipped with flexible hose for water
      • discharge in any compartment.
      • Combined discharge in engine room to reduce number of
      • through hull fittings.

      Black and 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.

      Refridgeration 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 2kg.
      • Fire blanket.
      • Automatic fire extinguish system in engine room.
      • Smoke detection.
  • 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 400 Ah | 24 VDC
        ○ Start battery engine 50 Ah | 12 VDC
        ○ Battery charger start battery 25 A | 12 VDC
        ○ Monitoring display batteries
        ○ Alternator 150 A | 12 VDC start battery engine group
        ○ Second alternator 75 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 25m 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 touchscreen.
      • All navigation lights with control LED’s operated from the
      • touchscreen.
      • Tank level gauges situated at the touchscreen.
      • Tank level gauges situated in the touchscreen.
      • Alarms for:
        • Water in boat
        • Fire in engine room
        • 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 certificate on hull.

      Contest Yachts, January 2020/01

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