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.
Length overall: 21.80m / 71.5ft
Length waterline: 18.99m / 62.3ft
Maximum beam: 5.70 m / 18.7ft
Displacement: 44,300 kg / 97,664 lbs
Draft bulb throat: 2.80 m / 9.18ft
Ballast bulb throat: 16,500 kg / 36,376 lbs
Mast height above waterline: 31.20 m / 101.1ft
Main sail: 133m2 / 1,431ft2
Genoa 111%: 129m2 / 1,388ft2
Fuel tank: 1,700 liters. / 373.9 imp. gal.
Water tank: 1,018 liters. / 223.9 imp. gal.
Optional water tank: 200 liters. / 44 imp.gal.
Engine, Volvo Penta: 165kW / 225hp