Fair to say, the new Contest 50CS resets the yard’s own gold standard at this length. How so? The advanced hull form optimises each of the three most key modern targets: performance up and down wind, stability for low angles of heel, and huge accommodation. This is all achieved in the most sea-safe and comfortable manner expected of a Contest, and with deck and cabin plans introducing for the first time at this size so much more of our larger yacht thinking. It is the perfect balance and looking to sustainability is offered with the option of electric propulsion, integrated photovoltaic solar panels and an alternative synthetic teak-style decking.
Designed by Georg Nissen her clean lines, sophisticated rig with ample sail area and careful weight saving make the 50CS an extremely easy yacht for a couple to handle while guaranteeing optimal trimming possibilities and high average speeds in all conditions.
Once onboard, you?ll immediately notice the spacious and totally clean deck area with wide gangways and the halyards led below deck. In addition, the balanced spade rudder and the smaller foretriangle ensure an extremely manoeuvrable yacht that can tack easily and quickly.
The ultra-spacious and well sheltered cockpit, with its fixed cockpit table, is another highlight.
The looks are all ‘Contest’ with lines evolved as ever from the learnings and leanings of each preceding model while introducing new thinking also. Which means the new Contest 50CS, with its deep sides and broader deck plan ably incorporates now even more of the styling and detailing of the larger yachts in the range. The brings a low sleek coachroof sweeping aft into the two-section cockpit with deep seated and curved-for-comfort leisure cockpit forward. Behind, the twin helm stations are framed by surrounding coamings for that extra sense of ocean safety, yet with simple central walkthrough easing and making safe deck entry and exit. Again, it’s that balance, an elegance that works – in every sense of the word.
Length overall: 15.46m / 50.72ft
Maximum beam: 4.90m / 16.10ft
Displacement: 22,900 kg/ 47,400 lbs
Draft standard keel: 2,35m / 7.71ft
Mast height above waterline: 24.60m/ 80.71ft
Main sail: 73m2 / 758ft2
Genoa 106%: 60m2 / 645ft2
Fuel tank: 700 ltr. / 185 US gal.
Water tank: 700 ltr. / 185 US gal.
Engine: Yanmar81kW / 110hp