First look: Contest 49CS and 50CS

Rupert Holmes casts his eye over the Contest 49CS and Contest 50CS, two new launches from the trusted Dutch builder

This Dutch builder of quality semi-custom yachts has two new models based on the same Judel/Vrolijk hull design in build. The 50CS is a centre cockpit sloop that replaces the existing model of the same name, but significantly updates the concept, with a contemporary cockpit arrangement, more powerful hull shape and larger accommodation. The 49CS is an aft-cockpit design with twin quarter cabins.

Both have considerably more internal volume than the previous 50CS that was launched in 2012. Overall beam is little more than 1ft greater than the older boat, but this is carried right aft, creating much more space in the stern sections, which are also deeper than before.
At the same time, stability is markedly improved, as should be performance to windward and in light airs. “In physical terms, we have less heel, less drag, less moment in the waves. So it is smoother, more comfortable,” says Johan Siefer of Judel/Vrolijk.

The Contest 50CS

A taller rig enhances light airs performance, but it’s not so large that the benefit of the hull’s additional stability will be lost. The rig is also positioned further aft in the boat, allowing for a wider variety of headsail and asymmetric spinnaker options.

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