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Contest 42CS

Instantly good looking… and with so much more to her than first meets the eye. It’s not just the clever detailing in design, build and plan. The aft cockpit Contest 42CS permits owners a virtual custom build… simply unique at this size.

The options are so many. There are four different saloon plans, three cabin arrangements for both bow and stern, five different cockpits, carbon or aluminium spars, and multiple sail handling systems. In all, that means a remarkable number of different versions of the interior and cockpit. The result? A personalised Contest 42CS to suit everyone from family cruiser or bluewater couple to racing enthusiast.


The Contest 42CS ? a unique cruiser that sets a new standard for sailing yachts in this size bracket.

The new 42CS is a significant departure, created in response to increasing demands for a Contest in this size range with a twin steering and aft cockpit layout. You can choose whether to create a family cruiser, a performance boat or a short-handed yacht that two can easily handle. The design platform allows a choice between various options related to interior, the cockpit and the stern layout.

You could opt for a large bathing platform, or go for a secured stern with bathing ladder. Regardless of the choices made, the 42CS has been exceptionally well engineered and is sure to have excellent performance. She is very attractive for families looking to sail with children onboard, while also offering enhanced comfort for experienced sailors looking to perhaps buy their last sailing boat.



A beautiful balance between topside height, sheerline and coachroof outline presents a timeless, powerful profile. Broad sterned with twin helm stations, decks and cockpit are wide and particularly easy to walk and work for boat size.

Outfitting is first class with vacuum bonded thick teak, top brand hardware and clever design detailing such as the aft-led sail controls channelled invisibly, internally through the mullions in the coachroof glazing. Choice begins with three key deck plans: Shorthanded, Cruising and Performance, each with winch and sheeting layouts designed accordingly around the three different cockpit.


Main Specification

Length overall: 12.85m / 42.15ft

Length waterline: 11.76m / 38.64ft

Maximum beam: 4.15m / 13.61ft

Displacement: 11,000 kg/ 24,251 lbs

Draft standard: 2.20m/ 7.21ft 

Draft shallow: 1.80m / 5.90ft 

Mast height above waterline: 22.09m/ 72.5ft 

Main sail: 57m2 / 613ft2

Genoa 108%: 47m2 / 506ft2 

Fuel tank:  226/88 ltr/ 49.7/19.4 imp. gal.

Water tank:  381 ltr / 83.8 imp. gal.

Engine: Yanmar40k / W54hp 

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