Contest Yachts reports busy year
MEDEMBLIK _ The expansion of Contest Yachts’ range of sailing yachts is in full view at the yard’s home these days. Recently, the company took delivery of the high-tech mouldCAM plug for its new judel/vrolijk Contest 67CS. The black, upturned hull shape is the male plug. The steel-framed, white hull shape is the exterior of the green gloss-lined female mold. The yard says Hull Nr. 1 will be sprung from the mold at the end of September to be prepared for a May, 2016 launch.
Contest Yachts makes semi-custom performance cruisers ranging from 42 to 72 ft. The latest addition is the Contest 67CS, a new project and the yard’s first designed together with judel/vrolijk & co. The new addition will be a high-performance cruiser with a low profile deckhouse on a modern-lined hull. The generous sail plan, built around a 32m mast. An in-mast furling section is also possible for the cruising minded.
The yard also reports its second Contest 72CS Caramel _ the yard’s flagship craft _ headed south with its Turkish owner. The 2nd was configured for shorthanded cruising. The 1st ever Contest 72CS was built for regatta performance.
On the power side, Contest Yachts is at work on Contest 52MC Flybridge _ motor cruiser with a twist. The yacht’s owner is a keen cook and to cater to his hobby, Contest Yachts has greatly extended the main deck, starboard galley to the point of having to move the helm station and the ship-style cantilevered deck door to port. The helm area has space for double seats and the galley boasts a 4-ring oven and a dishwasher. The lower deck plan remains largely unchanged with a master cabin forward and 2 guest cabins.
Contest Yachts in Holland has also appointed 3 new European distributors: Luxury Sails (Poland), Nautigamma (Italy) and Diamond Yachts in Germany. “Our story is strong and our new distributors are well placed to tell it and sell it,” says Contest Yachts CEO Arjen Conijn. The 3 new appointments raise the company’s distributor network to 16 across Europe, Asia and North America.