Contest 31 for sale

WicorMarine Yacht Haven, Portchester, United Kingdom

Listed price £12,500 GBP

Tax Paid / Included

General information
Contest 31
Sail boat for sale
$15,626 USD | Listed price £12,500 GBP
Tax / VAT status
Paid / Included
Name of boat
Contest 31
Uus van Essen
Length overall
Length waterline
5.25 tons (U.S.)
Fin Keel
WicorMarine Yacht Haven, Portchester, United Kingdom

About this Contest 31


Contest 31 Built 1973, Solid, safe, dependable, sea-keeping cruiser that was designed to be able to handle herself comfortably in all weathers. Thoughtfully designed by Uus van Essen and built by the renowned Conyplex yard in Holland in 1973 she is in rare company for her age and size as having wheel steering. She has been in the current ownership since 2013 and has enjoyed upgrades including new standing rigging (2015), repainted deck and topsides (2014), roller-reefing and lazy jacks (2013), spray hood (2015) integrated autopilot (2016), new genoa (2017), and hot water calorifier (2017) among other things. She is only on the market as the owners are upgrading to a slightly bigger Contest. For this reason she has been priced to sell. £13,500

Dimensions Details

Cockpit Position: Aft

Construction Details

Hull Shape: Monohull
Additional Information:
Navy blue GRP hull
White GRP deck with blue nonslip
White GRP superstructure with blue nonslip
Fin keel
Skeg hung rudder
Aft cockpit
Wheel steering

Tank Details
Fuel: 150 ltrs/ph
Water: 80


Navigation Aids
Autopilot: Raymarine wheel steering autopilot (2016)
Compass: Sestrel binnacle steering compass with light
Wind Indicator: NASA Clipper wind speed/direction
Depth: Seafarer 701 depth sounder with repeater in cockpit
VHF: Uniden MC6700 VHF radio with telephone and cockpit speaker
Additional Navigation Information:
Garmin 128 GPS (with link to autopilot. 2003)
NASA Masthead LED anchor light/tricolour (2014)
Windex wind vane


Sails Details
Mainsails: White Dacron, Quantum mainsail 2006
Spinnaker: Cruising chute
Genoa: White Dacron Hyde Genoa (2017)
JIB / Staysail: Storm jib
Additional Information:
Blade (2004)

Rig Details
Rig Type: Sloop
Rigging Age: Stainless steel standing rigging (replaced 2015)
Additional Information:
Anodised aluminium mast, boom and spinnaker pole
Inner detachable forestay
Furlex roller reefing (2013)
Crusader stack-pack and lazy jack system (2013)

Winches Details
Genoa Sheet: 2 x Stireiss ER40 Genoa sheet winches
Halyards: Lewmar 6 mast winch, Antal W16 mast winch

Safety Equipment

Safety Equipment Details
No. Life Jackets: 0
Jack Stays: NO
No. Life Buoy: 0
No. Dan Buoy: 1
No. Electric Bilge Pumps: 0
No. Manual Bilge Pumps: 1
Radar Reflector: NO
Emergency Tiller: YES
Gas Alarm: NO
No. Of Fire Blanket: 1
No. Of Fire Extinguishers: 0


Deck Equipment Details
Anchor 1: 16kg CQR anchor with 27.4m/90ft of 3/8 chain
Anchor 2: 8kg Grapnel kedge anchor
Additional Information:
NASA Masthead LED anchor light/tricolour (2014)
Spreader deck lights
Outboard bracket
Stainless steel boarding ladder
Various warps and fenders
Boat hook
Ensign & staff

Tenders & Toy Details


Electrics Details
On-board Voltage1: 12V
Domestic Batteries: 12v Domestic battery 2018
Engine Batteries: 12v Engine battery 2010
Battery Charger Make: Battery charger included
Shore Power: NO
Additional Information:
Victron BMV702 Volt metre (2016)

Machinery Details
Engine Age: Replaced
Prop Type: Folding
Drive Type: Shaft
Additional Information:
Lombardini 702 20hp, installed new in 2004,
Engine hours 566
Last serviced January 2019
Shaft drive to Bruntons folding prop
Cruising speed 5kts, max speed 6kts

No. of Doubles: 1
No. Singles: 3
No. Saloon Berths: 3
No. Heads: 1
Calorifier (Size/Make/Model): Hot water calorifier (2017)
Cooker: Nelson cooker with oven, grill, and 2 hobs
Entertainment System: Pioneer DEH-236 CD/Radio
Additional Information:
Sleeps 5 in 2 cabins
Forward double V-berth
2x settee berths and 1x pilot
Heads with Jabsco W/C between saloon and forecabin
Lee boards on all berths
Dark wood interior joinery
Blue saloon upholstery
Cream bedding upholstery
Stainless steel sink
Integral cool box

Read more

1 x Lombardini 702
Engine hours
Fuel capacity
40 gallons (U.S.)
Number of cabins
Number of berths
This Contest 31 has been viewed 211 times
Broker/Dealer Information

Indigo Yachting

Mr Jonty Stubbs
Cranleigh Road Portchester Hampshire PO16 9DR
Cranleigh Road
PO16 9DR
United Kingdom
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