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Contest 85CS

The newly launched 26-metre Contest 85CS clearly demonstrates the strengths in Contest Yachts’ long-term collaboration with world class designers judel/vrolijk & co and Wetzels Brown Partners.

Designed for fast passage with powerful, practical, deep-ocean cruising capability, the Contest 85CS is easily sailed, managed and maintained by short-handed crew, and perfectly set both to sail the world and enjoy sailing’s high society.



The hull and deck-form of the Contest 85CS show the reasoned approach of a design team referenced across every level of performance cruising and racing, from family adventuring to grand prix eventing. This brings a moderate, shallow underbody running back from near plumb bow, with integral bowsprit and optional furler for asymmetrics, to a soft-chined, broad stern. Sailing flat and fast she has a single rudder for precise and powerful yet light control at the twin helm stations.

The composite construction is Lloyds’ certified and includes a sandwich laminate throughout from sheerline to keel stub, with advanced single-shot vacuum infusion for each of hull, structural grid and then deck. The keel is of stainless steel and lead for performance profile with cruising draft. The rudder is carbon for performance and keeping weight out of the stern to allow for good stowage in the large lazarette which has a hydraulically operated transom garage and beach platform. Space is such that the RIB can be stowed with outboard still in place.

The low, sleek styling of the saloon coachroof sits well with the sweet sheerline profie and wide expanse of laid teak decking. Flush decks are standard and hardware is according to intended sailing. For some that means all-carbon, for others a more conventional approach. All enjoy the top line specification for which Contest yachts are so well known and which makes handling and operation safe, secure and satisfying. Nothing is left to chance. It’s all to the point and fine-tuned for personal goals.


Simply put, the Contest 85CS has perhaps the widest cabin plan options in any yacht this size, and the making of this interior sensibly begins with practicality at sea. You’ll see this in the arrangement of furnishings and walkways with handholds and support always within reach. It is in the easy access always given to service and maintenance of all onboard services and systems. It is in the very fabric of the yacht from the way in which safety systems are incorporated and operated, right through to the finished surface materials, be it in the impeccably hand-crafted timber work or upholstery. And completing the picture the entire interior is wonderfully bright with extensive panoramic outlook to saloon and multiple hull windows and hatches in the cabins. Dutch heritage and modern technology ensure superyacht standards.


sail plan

Carbon or aluminium, cutter rigged or removable inner stay, panelled or moulded sails, the choice of sailplan and rig is to match specific intended use.

interior layout

Finished to the best, exacting standards, personalization of the interior.

deck layout

Flush decked as with all Contest yachts but bigger and better working, detailing includes hidden sheet runs and optimal 'soft' control gear.


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main specifications
  • main dimensions
    • Length overall 25.85m 84.71ft
      Length overall incl. bowsprit 26.78m 87.86ft
      Length waterline 23.17m 76.02ft
      Maximum beam 6.40m 21ft
      Displacement 53,900kg 118,830lb
      Draft standard keel 3.79m 12.43ft
      Ballast standard keel  18,500kg 40,785lb
      Mast height above waterline 36,5m 119,77ft
      Main sail 188m2 2,023ft2
      Genoa 111% 142m2 1,528ft2
      Fuel tank 2,500ltr
      Water tank 1,500ltr 329.95imp. gal.
      Engine, Volvo Penta 184kW 250hp
  • polar performance diagram
    • The diagram shows the exceptional upwind and reaching potential of the 85CS.
      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. Two separate watertight bulkheads are foreseen in every interior arrangement.


      • 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.
      • Name and homeport on stern.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Keel bolted through solid laminate using stainless steel bolts.
      • Keel floors in sandwich, vacuum infused composite with the Conyplex vacuum infusion system®.


      • Fibre orientated rudder laminate, vacuum infused composite with the Conyplex vacuum infusion system®.
      • Stainless steel rudderpost.
      • JEFA rudder bearings.
      • JEFA steering system rack and pinion.
  • deck layout
    • Cockpit

      • Two helmsman positions.
      • Large separated guest cockpit, suitable for twelve people sitting.
      • Fixed varnished cockpit table with stainless steel 316 support for table and canvas cover for UV protection.
      • Winches and sheets situated within reach of helmsman’s position.
      • Free walkway from aft deck to guest cockpit.
      • Pad eyes for safety harnesses mounted in cockpit.
      • Transom door with remote control.

      Hatches and windows

      • Six flush hull windows.
      • Chemical hardened, laminated panoramic windows in saloon.
      • Opening flush skylight hatches.
      • 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 75 cm high with three 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 gateway stanchions amidships.
      • Stainless steel 316 mooring cleats; two cleats with two fairleads forward, four cleats amidships, two cleats aft and two fairleads on stern.
      • Seats with stainless support on push pit.
      • Sprayhood with stainless steel frame.
      • 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.
      • Shower hot/cold at aft ship.
      • Eight fenders with socks and ropes.
      • Two 25 m 18 mm mooring warps.
      • Four 25 m 22 mm mooring warps.

      Sailing hardware

      • Deck fittings.
      • Central self-tailing mainsail winch.
      • Two genoa winches hydraulic.
      • Two self-tailing multi purpose winches in cockpit.
      • Two self-tailing halyard winches next to mast.
      • Winch handles.

      Anchor system

      • Integrated anchor launching system in bow.
      • Hydraulic anchor winch.
      • 63 kg Delta anchor with 120 m galvanised 13 mm anchor chain.
      • Anchor chain marked each 10 m.

      Steering system

      • Twin composite steering pedestals with carbon steering wheels.
      • Compasses on both steering pedestals.


      • Hydraulic backstay tensioner.
      • Hydraulic boom vang.
      • Combined control panel in cockpit for boom vang and backstay.
      • Hydraulic pump on PTO generator.
      • Hydraulically folding bathing platform with access to garage.
  • mast, rigging and sails
    • Mast

      • Custom made mast, keel stepped, sloop rigged, painted white.
      • Swept back spreaders.
      • Slab reefing system.
      • LED navigation lights.
      • Masthead light 360° red, 360° green and anchor light.
      • Strobe functionality on anchor light.
      • Deck light.
      • Spreader lights 2x down.
      • Boom light.
      • Windex in mast top.
      • Foghorn air.


      • Fixed cutter stay with tensioner and running backstays.
      • Standing rigging: Rod rigging.
      • Genoa hydraulic furling system Reckmann.
      • Main sheet 14 mm, winches situated within reach of the helmsman.
      • Genoa sheets 16 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 side panelling.
      • Padded sections throughout the boat.
      • 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.
      • Five-burner cooker with oven and grill fitted on gimbals (stainless steel).
      • Cooker hood with extractor fan in galley.
      • Microwave stainless steel in galley.
      • Washer-dryer combi machine
      • Marantz sound system in saloon.
      • Speakers in cockpit.
      • Quality upholstery, colour to owner's choice.
      • Quality curtain blinds for portholes.
      • Quality curtain blinds behind padded panels for hull windows.
      • Sprung slats owner´s cabin.
      • Roller blinds at all skylight hatches.
      • Lee cloths in all berths.
      • Overhead lights in all cabins.
      • Dimmers on overhead lights throughout the ship.
      • LED ceiling lights.
      • Red navigation light above chart table.
      • Careful noise reduction throughout.
      • Engine room well insulated.
      • Comfortable mattresses in all cabins.
      • 60-set (10 persons) of Contest Yachts porcelain crockery.
      • 40-set (10 persons) of drinking glasses and bottle stowage in bar.
      • Automatic lighting (30 seconds) when opening companionway hatch.
      • Waste bin in galley.
      • Extensive mirrors in heads.
  • systems & equipment
    • Engine

      • Spacious engine room with easy access from top side.
      • Volvo Penta D4-260 191kW (260hp) 3500 rpm 4 cylinder turbo-charged diesel engine.
      • Indirect cooling.
      • Hurth ZF 220 hydraulic gearbox.
      • Separate main switch to enable generator start batteries to be used as engine 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 separator.
      • Stainless steel propeller shaft with thrust bearing and flexible coupling.
      • Stern tube with water lubricated bearings and water seal.
      • V-bracket propeller shaft.
      • Four bladed Brunton folding propeller in bronze.
      • Engine room insulated with combined drone- and sound absorbing insulation.
      • Engine room ventilation by double electric ventilators and natural ventilation grills.
      • Oil transfer system on engine, gearbox and generator.
      • Automatic engine room fire extinguish system.

      Bow thruster

      • 20 hp (300 kgf) hydraulic retractable bow thruster.

      Fuel system

      • Fuel tank capacity 2,500 litres (three tanks).
      • Drain pump on fuel tanks.
      • Double 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 1,500 litres.
      • 2x 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.
      • Stern shower.
      • Deck wash connections fresh and sea water.

      Bilge system

      • Centralized bilge pump system with suction points throughout the boat, equipped with two electric bilge pumps and backup manual bilge pump.
      • Electric bilge pump can be operated from steering pedestal.
      • Electric pump in front and aft ship with flexible hose for water discharge in any compartment.
      • Water detection in saloon when heeling.

      Black & grey water system

      • Manual flush seawater toilet in skipper's cabin.
      • Electric flush seawater toilets in guest cabins.
      • Electric flush seawater toilet in aft head.
      • Separate black water system in front and aft ship.
      • Indicator on black water tank indicating full or 50%.
      • Electric valves to discharge black water tanks.
      • Shower stalls with automatic drain.
      • Separate grey water system in front and aft ship.

      Refigeration system

      • Two refrigerators in stainless steel with front door.
      • Top opening freezer in galley work top.
      • Top opening fridge in cockpit.

      Ventilation system

      • Forced ventilation system in engine room.

      Climate control system

      • Chiller system throughout.
      • Water heater integrated in chiller system.

      Safety equipment

      • Gas valve electric and manual.
      • Four foam fire extinguishers 2 kg.
      • Fire blanket.
      • Automatic fire extinguish system in engine room.
      • Fire dampers on engine room ventilation.
      • Foghorn air.


  • 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 720 Ah | 24 VDC (Li-Ion)
        ○   Start battery engine 100 Ah | 12 VDC
        ○   Start battery generator 100 Ah | 12 VDC
        ○   Battery charger service batteries 200 A | 24 VDC
        ○   Battery charger start battery 25 A | 12 VDC
        ○   Battery charger generator start battery 25 A | 12 VDC
        ○   Inverter 230 VAC | 50 Hz | 4.000 W on service batteries
        ○   Monitoring display batteries
        ○   Alternator 115 A | 12 VDC start battery engine group
        ○   Second alternator 75 A | 24 VDC service battery group
        ○   Generator 1500 rpm, 17.5kW, 230 VAC - 50Hz
        ○   Hydraulic pump on PTO generator
        ○   230V - 50 Hz shore power connection:
        ◦   Shore power isolation transformer 7.0 kW | 32 A
        ◦   Shore power socket for 230 VAC | 50 Hz shore power
        ◦   Cable 25 m with 3-pole CEE 32 A connector
        ◦   Adapter cable CEE 32 A to CEE 16 A
      • 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 operated from the touch screen.
      • Tank level gauges integrated in the touch screen.
      • Easy power equipment monitoring.
      • Alarms on touch screen (overriding all pages) for:
        ○   Water in boat
        ○   Fire extinguish system 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 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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