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 "2014 - European Yacht of the Year: Luxury Cruiser
The Contest 42CS
is as well listed, on Boat-Specs.com, in Standard
version (see all the versions compared
Contest 42CS's main features
Offshore cruising sailboat
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: 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
42’ 2”12.85 m
42’ 2”12.85 m
38’ 7”11.76 m
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
10141 lb4600 kg
Steel fin with lead bulb
Contest 42CS's rig and sails
Upwind sail area
1119 ft²104 m²
614 ft²57 m²
506 ft²47 m²
Sloop Marconi 9/10
Keel stepped mast
Number of levels of spreaders
Aluminum spars (carbon fiber spars as an option)
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.
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.
Contest 42CS's auxiliary engine
1 inboard engine
Fuel tank capacity
23.2 gal88 liters
Contest 42CS's accommodations and layout
Closed aft cockpit
2 / 3
4 / 8
1 / 2
Freshwater tank capacity
100.6 gal381 liters
10.6 gal40 liters
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