A very big moment for Contest Yachts
MEDEMBLIK – These are interesting times at Contest yachts. Founded in 1959, the Dutch yard that has long focused on sailing yachts suddenly has 2 entries nominated for 2014 Boat of the Year: its Contest 42CS sailing yacht and the Contest 52MC, the yard’s first ever motor yacht.
On the canvas side, Contest yachts range up to 72 feet in 6 models. The Contest 42CS (above) is the latest _ and the shortest _ of the bunch. It was unveiled at the 2013 Amsterdam In-water Boat Show in response, the yard says, to “growing demands for a Contest of around 12 m.” The Contest 42CS comes in 3 exterior options: Shorthanded (central cockpit winch), Cruising (mainsail traveler on the cabin roof) and Performance (the traveler recessed in the cockpit floor).
The brand new Contest 52MC was designed by Contest Yachts in cooperation with Georg Nissen and engineered by Vripack. The interior comes from Wetzels Brown Partners. At 16m and a 4.6m beam, its Cummins Common Rail engines manage a top speed of 27 knots. The boat can accommodate 8 people overnight, has a modern half-glider hull, straight bow, long waterline and wide underwater body. The yacht is CE-A certified and meets all requirements for long journeys on inland waterways, coastal areas and the open seas. The design is also focused on safety and comfort, with wide side decks, high bulwarks and a closable cockpit. It comes in flybridge, standard and open sports models.
The winner of the European Yacht of the Year vote will be announced at Boot Düsseldorf 2014 in January.