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Contest 42CS Shoal draft

Sailboat specifications

The Contest 42CS is a 42’2” (12.85m) cruising sailboat designed by Georg Nissen Yacht Design (Germany). She is built since 2013 by Conyplex (Netherlands). The Shoal draft version features a shorter keel to grant access to shallow areas. She has been awarded the title of "European Yacht of the Year - Category : Luxury Cruiser" in 2014.

The Contest 42CS is as well listed, on, in Standard version (see all the versions compared).

Contest 42CS's main features

Contest 42CS
Shoal draft
Hull type
Offshore cruising sailboat
Sailboat builder
Sailboat designer
Sailboat range
GRP (glass reinforced polyester):
- Hull: Sandwich E-glass vinylester (vacuum infusion)
- Deck: Sandwich E-glass vinylester (vacuum infusion)
First built hull
Last built hull
Still in production
2014 European Yacht of the Year - Category : Luxury Cruiser
Keel : fin with bulb
Twin helm wheels
Single spade rudder
EC design category
 iThe CE design category indicates the ability to cope with certain weather conditions (the sailboat is designed for these conditions)

A: Wind < force 9, Waves < 10m
B: Wind < force 8, Waves < 8m
C: Wind < force 6, Waves < 4m
D: Wind < force 4, Waves < 0,5m
Standard public price ex. VAT (indicative only)

Contest 42CS's main dimensions

Overall length
42’ 2”12.85 m
Hull length
42’ 2”12.85 m
Waterline length
38’ 7”11.76 m
Beam (width)
13’ 7”4.15 m
5’ 11”1.8 m
Mast height from DWL
72’ 6”22.09 m
Light displacement (MLC)
24251 lb11000 kg
Ballast weight
10141 lb4600 kg
Ballast type
Steel fin with lead bulb

Contest 42CS's rig and sails

Upwind sail area
1119 ft²104 m²
Mainsail area
614 ft²57 m²
Genoa area
506 ft²47 m²
Rigging type
Sloop Marconi 9/10
Mast configuration
Keel stepped mast
Rotating spars
Number of levels of spreaders
Spreaders angle
Spars construction
Aluminum spars (carbon fiber spars as an option)
Standing rigging
1x19 strand wire continuous

Contest 42CS's performances

Upwind sail area to displacement
 iThe ratio sail area to displacement is obtained by dividing the sail area by the boat's displaced volume to the power two-thirds.

The ratio sail area to displacement can be used to compare the relative sail plan of different sailboats no matter what their size.

Upwind: under 18 the ratio indicates a cruise oriented sailboat with limited performances especially in light wind, while over 25 it indicates a fast sailboat.
226 ft²/T21.03 m²/T
Displacement-length ratio (DLR)
 iThe Displacement Length Ratio (DLR) is a figure that points out the boat's weight compared to its waterline length. The DLR is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement in tons by the cube of one one-hundredth of the waterline length (in feet).
The DLR can be used to compare the relative mass of different sailboats no matter what their length:

a DLR less than 180 is indicative of a really light sailboat (race boat made for planning), while a DLR greater than 300 is indicative of a heavy cruising sailboat.
Ballast ratio
 iThe Ballast ratio is an indicator of stability; it is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement by the mass of the ballast. Since the stability depends also of the hull shapes and the position of the center of gravity, only the boats with similar ballast arrangements and hull shapes should be compared.

The higher the ballast ratio is, the greater is the stability.
42 %
Maximum righting moment
 iThe righting moment is a moment (torque) that tends to restore a boat to its previous position after heeling. Its value corresponds to the torque needed to heel the boat for this angle.
Higher the righting moment is for an angle, greater is the stability.
86796 lb.ft12000 kg.m @ 55.00 °
Critical hull speed
 iAs a ship moves in the water, it creates standing waves that oppose its movement. This effect increases dramatically the resistance when the boat reaches a speed-length ratio (speed-length ratio is the ratio between the speed in knots and the square root of the waterline length in feet) of about 1.2 (corresponding to a Froude Number of 0.35) . This very sharp rise in resistance, between speed-length ratio of 1.2 to 1.5, is insurmountable for heavy sailboats and so becomes an apparent barrier. This leads to the concept of "hull speed".
The hull speed is obtained by multiplying the square root of the waterline length (in feet) by 1.34.
8.32 knots

Contest 42CS's auxiliary engine

1 inboard engine
Engine(s) power
226 HP
Fuel tank capacity
23.2 gal88 liters

Contest 42CS's accommodations and layout

Closed aft cockpit
Cabin(s) (min./max.)
2 / 3
Berth(s) (min./max.)
4 / 8
Head(s) (min./max.)
1 / 2
Freshwater tank capacity
100.6 gal381 liters
Boiler capacity
10.6 gal40 liters
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