The tester goes through the ship. On the way to the pantry, the lower of the two steps from the salon creaks. Brief pause. A questioning look at Marcel Offereins, the sales manager at Contest. He understands immediately, because everyone knows each other: “Do you really think we will deliver it that way?” No, a contest doesn't creak. None of the contests that the author has tested so far has done that. if someone stands on it, Mr. Offereins is a bit uncomfortable. But: As always, the fair came faster than expected, and a world premiere is a world premiere. The ship can't stay at home in the shipyard because a step creaks. Understandable.
Because the rest of the 24-tonne delight is quite impressive. The fuselage is reinforced all around with carbon stringers to give more flexibility in the interior for expansion. A watertight bulkhead in front and behind, one further inside in front of the engine room and near the stuck-through mast; all with some degrees of freedom. Judel / Vrolijk & Co have provided the interior designers at Wetzels and Brown in Amsterdam with quite a bit of play space. They used it. With Contest it makes little sense to describe the interior in detail, because the next ships - four of them have already been sold on paper - look completely different; They call it semi custom. The truth is more likely to be three-quarter custom. The salon is classically divided and made of light oak. The view to the outside is great, also thanks to the large hull windows. A wet cell and a large chamber in the bow and a slightly smaller one on starboard await in front.
Photo gallery: Contest 55 CS
The aft division is always similar: long galley with fridge, dishwasher and freezer and aft the owner’s realm. It has a huge wet room with a washing machine and a special feature: if the bathing platform is folded down and the dinghy is outboard, a pane in the watertight bulkhead provides a clear view of the anchor bay. Like that.
At first nothing is noticeable on deck - because there is nothing. Everything is free in front of the small cabin superstructure. A playground. A cutter day would be possible and, depending on the sailing area, also useful. The fixed bowsprit is a novelty at Contest. But it is also quite practical. Behind the superstructure there is a very deep cockpit. Here the guests sit protected and have little to do with sailing. When it comes to the companionway, it is noticeable that the stairs and the cutout of the sliding hatch do not quite match. Behind the cockpit it goes up three steps and work is going on there. Well, buttons pressed; of course, in such a format it can be done electrically or hydraulically. Comfortable armchairs help the helmsman with relaxed driving.
Contest Yachts is in Hall 16 at Stand C54.
With the help of Judel / Vrolijk & Co, Contest has set up another exquisite blue water cruiser, technically equipped at its finest, optimally soundproofed - you can see that on the door to the machine room in the aft wet room - and well processed. The price varies greatly, if only because of the extensive customer-specific equipment. But you should have around 2 to 3 million euros left over.
|construction||Judel / Vrolijk & Co|
|interior||Wetzels & Brown Amsterdam|
|overall length||18.10 m|
|Weight (empty)||25 t|
|Sail area close to the wind||163 sqm|
|Motorization||Volvo Pent150 hp|
|Capacity fuel||850 l|
|Fresh water capacity||