Contest 72CS | Exquisite Dutch semi-custom yachting
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Contest 72CS

At a size allowing four spacious guest cabins and fully enclosable galley and crew quarters, the Contest 72CS provides the perfect platform for both owner drivers or skipper and crew-assisted sailing. And the nature of wide ranging options spans just about every element of this truly semi-custom build, with bulkhead positioning almost the only constraint.

Deliveries to date span full carbon rig with Park Lane boom and 3Di moulded sails, to alloy spars and vertically battened Vectra with in-mast furling. With one approach racing, one cruising, one more private with forward galley, one inclusive with aft U-shaped galley, choice and specification is entirely personal. 

Beneath this freedom, there is extensive design engineering pre-empting likelihoods with proven practice and application. This is such a trait of Contest and a powerful differentiator with scope so well considered before the first line is drawn. The Contest 72CS presents a most persuasive case, virtual custom build at fractional cost.



Big sister to the Contest 67CS, mother to the 42CS, the 72CS shares the signature central cockpit for ease of short-handed sail control and operation. There is a large garage with tender and to release even more storage space there is opportunity, too, for a tender well on the foredeck that further doubles as water filled tub or tabled leisure cockpit for foredeck drinks and dining. Sail control's finger-tip automated and the helm is a delight with good feedback.


With anything from two to five sleeping cabins, the interior really is owner specification and purpose, whatever the plan, the detailing is to the finest of Dutch modern traditions. Particular attention is paid to noise and vibration control with extensive insulation and insulation techniques applied. Detailing includes custom fashioned fixings and fittings to the finished interior, and access to service points is assured be it pipe runs or deck fittings, machinery or the extensive electrics in the dedicated, vented technical room.


sail plan

Sloop with cutter option or removable inner stay for eased tacking when not flying staysail. Fully carbon rig or stainless rod and alloy spars. Various hydraulic furling systems. 

interior layout

Hand built and finished, paneled and joinered interior to owner specification with extensively personalized accommodation plan from two to five cabins, private or charter.

deck layout

Expansive flush decks with optional foredeck tub and cockpit. Level central access and walkway between twin wheel and cockpit tables. Plentiful deck stowage for serious voyaging.


virtual tour

visit the 72CS

With choice of open plan or enclosable galley and discrete crew quarters, the Contest 72CS is well set for private and charter use. Detailing is to the very best of Dutch modern traditions

virtual tour


main dimensions

Length overall 21.80m 71.52ft
Length overall including bowsprit 23.08m 75.72ft
Length waterline 18.99m 62.3ft
Maximum beam 5.70 m 18.7ft
Displacement 46,604kg 102,744lb
Draft bulb throat 2.80m 9.18ft
Ballast bulb throat 16,500kg 36,376lb
Mast height above waterline 31.20m 102.36ft
Main sail 133m2 1,432ft2
Genoa 111% 129m2 1,389ft2
Fuel tank 1,700lt 449.1US gal
Water tank 1,018lt 269US gal
Engine, Volvo Penta 172kW 234hp

polar performance diagram

The diagram shows the exceptional upwind and reaching potential of the 72CS.
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 72CS
4.50 Contest 72CS

The Contest 72CS, is already premier league when it comes to its looks, finish and performance.


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The Contest 72CS, is already premier league when it comes to its looks, finish and performance.

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