Contest 40S for sale

Clyde, United Kingdom

£124,950 GBP

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Contest 40S
Used sail boat for sale
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Name of boat
Year of manufacture
Dick Zaal
Length overall
12.00 metres
Length waterline
10.00 metres
3.85 metres
1.70 metres
11,000 kg
GRP sloop, wing keel with skeg hung rudder
Winged Keel
Clyde, United Kingdom


Fuel capacity
350 litres

About this Contest 40S

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.

Now ashore, winterised and stored under her full winter cover. SIARA is lying in a yard on the Gareloch, easily accessible from Glasgow Airport. Viewing is strictly by appointment.

The Builders

'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 Designer – Dick Zaal

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.

Press Review

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.



GRP moulded hull.

Externally finished in off-white gelcoat with blue gel coat sheer band.

Hull below the waterline stripped and given preventative epoxy treatment 2004.

Teak rubbing strake

Alloy framed portlights above rubbing strake

Bolt on external wing type lead ballast keel.

Underside of ballast keel and wing blasted, primed and antifouled spring 2018.

Full depth skeg hung rudder - new rudder fitted winter 2012/13

Rudder seals replaced spring 2018.


GRP moulded deck and superstructure

Externally finished in off-white gelcoat

Teak capping rail

Traditional laid teak decks on side deck, foredeck, coachroof and cockpit coaming top.

Teak slatted panels on cockpit seating and sole

Solid teak grabrails on coachroof

Spars & Rigging

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.

Mast head cutter rigged sloop.

Inner forestay and running backstays not currently fitted.

Silver anodised alloy spars by Selden.

Furlex roller reefing systems on both forward stays.

Twin fixed length silver anodised alloy spinnaker poles.

Selden rod kicker

Standing rigging complete replacement 2015. Intermediate shrouds replaced 2017.

Mast steps to lower spreaders.

Lewmar Ocean Series tracks and cars for genoa, staysail & mainsheet.

Spinlok rope clutches for lines lead aft to cockpit.


Electric winches are controlled from push button type switches mounted in/on cockpit coaming. Switches fitted with standard protection shroud to prevent accidental operation.

Primary Winches - 2 x Lewmar 54, electric, 2-speed, self-tailing.

Secondary Winches - 1 x Lewmar 40, manual, 2 speed, self-tailing, starboard side. 1 x Lewmar 40, electric, 2 speed, self-tailing, port side.

Halyard Winch - 1 x Lewmar Ocean Power 2 to port of companionway. Also utilised for mainsail outhaul and reefing lines.

Sail Wardrobe

Mainsail - In-mast furling, white dacron. Nicholson Hughes Sails 2012.

Genoa - Roller reefing, white dacron with blue UV stripe. Nicholson Hughes Sails 2011.

Staysail - Roller reefing, white dacron with blue UV stripe. De Vries 1993

Running Staysail - Roller reefing, white dacron with blue UV stripe. Saturn Sails 2004. (For down wind, trade wind sailing)

Spare Mainsails - 1. In-mast furling, white dacron, vertically battened. Saturn Sails 2004. - 1 batten missing, sail lightly used. 2. In-mast furling, white dacron. De Vries 1993.

Spare Genoa - Roller reefing, white dacron with blue UV stripe. Saturn Sails 2004.

Canvas Work

Sprayhood - Canvas hood in cream. Fixed to top of fixed windscreen forward.

Bimini - On fixed frame. Blue in colour with zip on side panels with windows.

Forward panels fill gap between bimini & sprayhood with window panels.

Winter Cover - Full fitted winter cover. rigged with the mast up, side skirts extend below rubbing strake. Owen Sails 2018 (only used for 2 months.)

Mooring & Ground Tackle

Main Anchor - Delta 55kg plough anchor on 55m chain rode. Both re-galvanised 2016.

Windlass - Clipper Marine low profile vertical windlass.

Chain gypsy and warping drum. Foot button switches on foredeck with remote control panel and chain counter display in cockpit.

Mooring Warps - Selection

Fenders - Selection.

On Deck

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.

Traditional swept laid teak decks on foredeck, side deck, aft deck, coachroof top and coamings

Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit rails

Stainless steel stanchions secured through the deck with stainless steel guard wires running the length of the boat. Top wire plastic coated

Additional guard wire gates fitted port and starboard

Twin stemhead rollers

Vertical anchor windlass with warping drum, self stowing chain into large chain locker

Large opening hatch to large volume fordeck locker, chain locker at forward end

Halyards and control lines from mast lead aft via below deck conduits

Liferaft mounted on hatch garage in stainless steel frame

Coachroof dorade ventilators fitted with stainless steel protection hoops

Fixed windscreen fabric sprayhood extension

Bimini in way of cockpit with zip-off side panels

Aft deck with port and starboard lazarette lockers.

Transom boarding gate with access to bathing platform and swim ladder.

Deep cockpit with moulded coamings on all sides.

Pedestal at aft end with pod mounted plotter.

Fold out drop leaf cockpit table.

Chart display panel on top of companionway hatch.

Additional coaming cave lockers.

Navigation Instrumentation

Depth Sounder - Autohelm ST50

Log - Autohelm ST50

Wind - ST60 with close hauled repeater

Repeater - Raymarine i70 display at chart table.

GPS - Phillips AP Navigator at chart table with ST50 NavData repeater in cockpit.

Plotter - Raymarine A-series with Navionic charting, mounted in pod on pedestal(2014). Garmin 182 C plotter with integral antenna at chart table, supplies GPS data to Navtex.

Radar - 2kW Raymarine radome type scanner mounted on mast. Displays on A-series at chart table (2014).

Autopilot - Raymarine ST6002 control head, S3 Corepack, Linear drive direct to quadrant.


Navtex - ICS Nav6 at chart table (2004). New improved performance antenna fitted (2017).

SSB Radio - Yaesu FT-840 with separate tuner. Not used in last 10 years should be considered in need of repair.

Weather Fax - Furuno FAX-408 (2017) with pre-amp antenna.

Radar Detector - Sea-Me active radar detector system.

Compass - Polaris 150. Mounted on binnacle.

Domestic Equipment

Freshwater System - Fully pressurised hot and cold water system. Faucets in heads, including shower in both and galley. Hot water from calorifier heated via Eberspacher hydronic heating system or 240V immersion heater element. Twin stainless steel freshwater tanks with combined 500 litre capacity.

Water Maker - PUR80 unit installed however not used in last 10 years, should be considered in need of repair.

Heating - Eberspacher Hydronic 5kW unit. Matrix box outlets in saloon and aft cabin. Duct to forward cabin outlet removed, could be re-installed (2009).

Air Conditioning - Crusair 1600BTU unit installed. Not currently commissioned, not used in last 10 years. Should be considered in need of repair.

Heads - Jabsco manual marine toilets in forward and aft heads. Forward heads originally fitted with ElectroSan electric marine toilet, now removed, available if required.

Galley Stove - Techimplex gas stove. 3 burner and oven.

Microwave Oven - (240V) Secured above galley storage units outboard.(2011)

Gas System - Gas system fully re-worked and tested to Gas-Safe standards and certified 2017. New gas isolating solenoid fitted 2017.

Refrigeration - Top loading fridge under galley worktop with internal icebox. Water cooled refrigeration system. Second custom built, stainless steel lined fridge in forepeak between berths, top loading. Air cooled compressor with power efficient stainless steel Eutectic cooling plate.

Washing Machine - (240V) Eumenia Baby Nova washing machine mounted in aft heads. Not used recently, should be considered in need of repair.

Below Decks

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.

Volvo Penta MD22 marine diesel engine

4 cylinder, naturally aspirated, direct injection, freshwater cooled.

59hp at 4000rpm

Serviced annually, last full service late 2017

Twin alternators, 55AH capacity each, fully serviced 2008

Merlin smart regulator fitted 2015.

Conventional shaft type sterngear, stainless steel shaft.

MaxProp 3 blade, bronze feathering propeller. Original fixed 3 blade prop aboard as a spare.

Rope cutter on prop shaft

Ships Batteries

Domestic - 3 x 108Ah, 12v lead acid, 1 x 100Ah, 12v lead acid. (2015)

Engine - 1 x 108Ah, 12v lead acid.

Bow Thruster/Anchor Windlass - 100Ah, 12v lead acid type. (2013)

Stern Thruster - 2 x 55Ah, 12v lead acid, wired for 24v supply. (2012)

Electrical Systems

The boat is predominantly wired with a 12v supply, the exception being the stern thruster which has its own independent 24v battery bank.

Generator - Mastervolt Whisper 3.5kW, fitted new 2016. Mounted within sound proof casing in machinery space. Remote control panel. 144 recorded running hours. Generator located within its own sound insulated casing inside a sound insulated compartment on the starboard side of the aft cabin

Shore Power System - Hardwired RCD protected system. Separate 50amp USA inlet.

Battery Charger - Victron Energy Phoenix 12v 50amp.(2018)

Wind Generator - Aerogen, mounted on pole from aft rail.

Solar Panel - 3 panels mounted on Bimini frame with smart controller.

Battery Monitor - Mastervolt BTM-III

General Equipment

Bow Thruster - Sleipner Side Power 6hp. Foot buttons & remote control.

Stern Thruster - Exturn, externally mounted unit (2012). Remote control.

Deck Wash - fully pressurised salt water system.

Manual Bilge Pump - in cockpit

Electric Bilge Pump - x 2 1. Conventional pump with manual and auto switching. 2. Shower drain pump rigged to double as emergency bilge pump with roaming suction hose.

Stereo - FM/AM head unit with USB input.

Hydrovane Self Steering Gear.

Stern Roller - Rigged for stern anchoring.

Davits - Simpson davits, over sized for tender to increase reach for clearing raked transom. (1997)

Boarding Ladder - Mounted on transom, with swim platform, ladder extending below waterline.

Outboard Storage

Tender - Caribe C8 RIB (1995)

Safety Equipment

Liferaft - Plastimo 6 person canister raft. Service due 2019. Stowed in deck cradle.

Horseshoe Buoy - with light.


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.

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Broker/Dealer Information

Mark Cameron Yachts

Mr Mark Cameron
The Braes
United Kingdom
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