The Contest 40S marked a step towards performance cruising from the earlier Contest designs. Designed to maximise her hull speed while being predictable and easy for the crew to handle under sail with comfortable accommodation below decks. Lower and finer shape set the future look of Contest designs for the coming decades.
Still with her original owner SIARA was commission to his own, blue water specification with additions to the standard specification specifically to enhance life aboard while on passage. Since her launch SIARA has completed several transatlantic passages, cruising the Caribbean and eastern seaboard of America extensively as well as those waters closer to home. Professionally maintained and upgraded throughout her life she is well presented with a good inventory including recently fitted Raymarine plotter, recent standing rigging and a comprehensive sail wardrobe. She is a must see boat for those with blue water ambitions.
Afloat, in commission and still being enjoyed by the owners viewing is strictly by appointment.
'Building boats for over 55 years Contest yachts are now a third generation family business based in Medemblik, Holland on the edge of the Ijsselmeer. We have always cared deeply about what we do and what we build. We believe in reputation. Working to the finest of boat building standards and adopting the best appropriate world technologies, we have also always innovated. We’ve come a long way since our very first built boat, the Olympic class Flying Dutchman, and early Contest yachts.
From Day One Contest Yachts has aligned and worked only with leading designers. First Luyten, unafraid to test the Sixties’ new technologies. Then Van Essen and Das who drew the first yacht with aft cockpit but no aft deck. Doug Petersen followed adding regatta experience to cruising pedigree, then Dick Zaal, Georg Nissen and now the newly framed relationship with Judel/Vrolijk & Co. Every one a valued contributor to the development and success of Contest Yachts… from regatta and coastal cruising to world circling.
At Contest Yachts traditional boat building skills complement modern construction methods. Building our yachts starts, yes, with hi-tech vacuum infusion moulding, whereby resin is injected in precise monitored conditions, but it will invariably finish with classic cabinet making and polishing techniques. Between start and finish all the many trades involved conduct their work, both individually and together, to the very highest of skill levels to ensure delivery of a yacht that will not only fulfil but exceed expectations.
Our yachts are built to enjoy equally coastal, offshore and blue water exploration. In our half century history we have learned well the responsibilities and requirements of successful long-stay sailing. Using the best of materials, hand crafting and innovative technology, we work closely with each and every owner to design, build and deliver well sorted, strong, light, sea kindly, easily handled, performance distance cruisers.
At Contest Yachts we see sailing as a way of determining, expressing your own dreams and ambitions. Which is why we build not just high quality yachts. We build them with each owner’s highly personalised input. Performance yachts well set to sail the world’s oceans and fulfil personal dreams, ambitions, comfortably, safely.'
The young Dick Zaal started his career in the marine industry as a carpenter at the Van de Stadt Boatyard in Zaandam, Holland. During this early part of his career his drive to further expand his knowledge in all things boat related saw him train himself in the basic elements of Yacht design. To further his learning he completed English courses to all him to read international literature on the subjects of yacht design and naval architecture. Dedicated to furthering his career and the crafts of yacht design and building it wasn’t long before Dick Zaal found himself in the drafting room eventually becoming an associate designer.
Following the take over of Van de Stadt by Dehler in the early 1970’s the structure of the yard changed and Zaal found new employment as the chief designer at Conyplex (builders of the Contest range of yachts). In this new role Zaal was responsible for all the new designs coming through the yard from technical building aspects and quality control through to test sails with clients.
Working for a single brand and constrained by a corporate style however become a limitation for Zaal and his design ideas. Restless and looking for a solution, with help from a number of associates Dick Zaal Yacht design was formed in 1980 with an office in Hoorn, Holland from where the company still operates today.
Through the early years Conyplex and the Contest brand where a major client commissioning thirty two designs in total. Free from constraints of a single employer Zaal focused on designing cruising yachts in the 30’-60’ bracket. A growing interest in ocean racing however saw experimentation with hydrofoils and removable water ballast as the envelope moved toward high-speed, short handed ocean going racers. Today Zaal is kept busy producing a wide range for designs for both cruising sailors and those wishing to skip across the surface of oceans.
'By the early 1990s, Conyplex was anxious to give its boats a little more performance and the 40S marked the start of a new drive in this direction. She was designed to maintain high speeds in all conditions. Lower and finer than her predecessors, she is, nevertheless, full-bodied and spacious. The accommodation is designed for life aboard with lots of stowage, a large and comfortable aft cabin, with heads en suite, and a second, guest suite forward. The galley is large but secure, and the well-proportioned chart table will cope with ocean passage-planning.'
Tim Bartlett. Yachting Monthly, July 2009. www.yachtingmonthly.com
Configured as a masthead cutter rigged sloop when built new the vendor has found the configuration well suited to extended offshore and ocean sailing. In short handed coastal cruising trim the inner forestay and running backstays have been removed, reverting the boat back to a standard sloop configuration. The inner forestay complete with furling gear and the running backstays are part of the vessels inventory.
Electric winches are controlled from push button type switches mounted in/on cockpit coaming. Switches fitted with standard protection shroud to prevent accidental operation.
The exterior styling of the Contest yachts make the easily distinguishable form other cruising yachts of a similar size. The flush foredecks and minimal area of raised coachroof structure lead to a boat deck which is easy for crew to move around unencumbered.
Built by a premium production boat builder the quality of fit out below decks if of the finest standards with all joinery work constructed in teak finished with a satin type varnish. The upholstery throughout the boat was replaced in 2012. Sole boards of the traditional teak and holy type flooring.
Description of accommodation from forward:
Forward Cabin - Two generously sized single berths in traditional V-berth layout. Infill section and cushion to create large double. Two full height lockers, one hanging and one shelved to the port of cabin at aft end. Overhead shelves outboard port and starboard.
Forward Heads - To starboard immediately aft of the forward cabin. Self contained compartment finished in an easily cleaned moulding. Aft facing manual marine toilet, wash hand basin with shower head faucet and vanity unit.
Saloon - Large saloon occupying the full width of the boat. Centrally mounted saloon table with folding leaf on port side. Wrap around U-shaped settee to starboard with bench type settee to port. Storage lockers above settee backs outboard with shelves above, removable retaining bars are fitted to increase usability of the shelving when at sea.
Galley - Located to port of the companionway steps. U-shaped galley layout with cooker located outboard centrally and stainless steel sink on front worktop unit with worktop space along aft edge. Top loading fridge outboard under worktop. Storage lockers and drawers beneath worktop and above outboard. Microwave built onto top of outboard storage unit.
Nav Station - Opposite galley to starboard. Large forward facing chart table with dedicated navigators seat. Navigation instrumentation mounted within teak constructed pod on partial bulkhead forward. Weather Fax and ships switch panel outboard. Storage locker within seat unit.
Passageway Aft - Leading from the saloon to the aft cabin, passing the navigation station. Hanging locker provided immediately aft of navigators seat.
Aft Cabin - The master cabin. Large spacious cabin, appointed with a large double bunk centrally and two seating units port and starboard. Hanging and storage lockers provided forward, port and starboard with fiddled shelves outboard of the seating units. Generator located within locker space forward of the starboard seating unit.
Aft Heads - Accessed through a doorway from the aft cabin. Large heads compartment with aft facing manual marine toilet outboard and separate shower compartment inboard. Sink and vanity unit along outboard side of the compartment outboard. Two additional access panels into the engine space have been fitted.
The engine is located within a dedicated, sound insulated, machinery space beneath the cockpit. Access to the engine is provide via a large opening hatch in the passageway aft.
The boat is predominantly wired with a 12v supply, the exception being the stern thruster which has its own independent 24v battery bank.
In this case we are acting as brokers only. The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation , the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.