MEDEMBLIK _ Contest Yachts has launched its new flagship _ a 26m high-performance cruiser that marks the Dutch builder’s first step into the fully crewed 80ft+ sailing yacht category.
The latest addition to Contest Yachts’ portfolio is a flush-deck yacht that is the fruit of a collaboration with German naval architects judel/vrolijk & co and has a Lloyds-approved composite hull. The very first Contest 85CS – Polina Star IV _ was delivered in November and taken to Elba for the winter season.
Contest Yachts has been making Lloyds-approved, composite hulls for more than 20 years. Its new flagship has been designed for distance cruising, racing and ‘very social sailing.” The yacht can accommodate up to 10 guests and sports a plumb bow with a bowsprit and optional furler. It has a broad stern, a single rudder and twin helm stations.
The launch of the Contest 85CS was preceded, in June, 2016, by that of a Contest 67CS, another judel/vrolijk design.
Contest Yachts is a 3rd generation family firm with a solid pedigree. The company has been in business for 55 years and come a long way since the first boat it built: the Olympic class Flying Dutchman. It was the first series-builder to adopt vacuum injection molding.
The hull form of the 85CS is based on that of the 67CS. For the interior, owners can choose an aft or a forward master cabin configuration. The yacht will a fully enclosable galley and quarters for a crew of up to 4. Contest says it paid particular attention to reducing noise and vibration, with high levels of sound insulation fitted to the engine room. The Contest 85CS has a 6.4m beam, a maximum draught of 3.79m. and a 260HP Volvo Penta D4 engine and a 2,500-litre fuel tank.