Contest 44CS for sale

Hamble, United Kingdom

Listed price £249,950 GBP

Tax Paid / Included

General information
Contest 44CS
Used sail boat for sale
$318,387 USD | Listed price £249,950 GBP
Price comment
Handsome Deck Saloon Yacht - Blue Water Equipped
Tax / VAT status
Paid / Included
Name of boat
Cara of Bute
Length overall
Length waterline
14.88 tons (U.S.)
Bulb Keel
Hamble, United Kingdom

About this Contest 44CS


Contest 44CS For Sale

Just back in the UK from Antigua by yacht transporter, Cara is now in the Hamble and ready for inspection.

The Contest 44CS is a high quality and handsome deck saloon yacht from the renowned Conyplex Contest yard. Exceptionally spacious and with a beautifully finished interior, the craftsmanship in the build and attention to detail creates a particularly comfortable living environment.

Not only is she luxurious down below but she has excellent upwind and reaching performance and can be comfortably handled by just two. Her seakindly characteristics and sharp performance combine to make her a compelling cruising yacht.

This example is well equipped for Blue Water and she was re-fitted in 2017 and 2018/2019 to include the following:

New standing Rigging (2017/18)

New suit of sails from Saturn with Hybrid Pro Dacron fabric

Main, 130% genoa and Storm jib, plus duplicate lightweight down wind genoa for downwind sailing with both furled on Furlex at forestay

New Raymarine instrument package

New Quantum radar

Spare Icon VHF fitted (2012) along with Simrad RS87 main unit.

New AIS 650 Raymarine plussplitter and new Raymarine e series plotter.

Furuno Navtex 300 NX unit. (2018)

New Hydrovane

Spectra watermaker refitted with all new seals and commissioned

Refurb and re-caulk of the teak decks.

New Domestic batteries 5x95Ah

New Balmar 150Ah alternator

3 new leacloths

New Furlex inner forestay for storm Jib

New Lewmar hatches for all deck opening hatches x6

5x New seacocks

New simpson Lawrence windlass motor and windlass refurbished

New Force 10, 3 burner stove

Removed and steam cleaned Diesel tank with new inspection hatch.

New double switch over Primary fuel filter system

New 6 man ISO 9650 life raft - next service 2021

Duogen 2 sent off for total refurb and refitted with new Duogen3 pole and bracket

Engine major service and injectors and turbos removed and tested refitted.

Propane gas storage increased to allow 9.6 kg bottles in gas locker

New Mcmurdo Epirb

All-new LED lights internal and tricolour etc

New Freezer Frigoboat and Fridge service

New spare Diesel emergency tank by Tek Tanks, 85 litres with pump

Iridium Pilot fitted

New solar panel regulator

New Smart Guage battery monitor

New Cutlass bearing

New emergency tiller access.

Lying Hamble. Contact John Rodriguez Yachts

Boat Name: Cara of Bute

Make & Model: Contest 44CS

Year: 2004/5

Hull Material: GRP

Keel Type: Fin

Length Overall: 13.4m

Length Over Waterline: 11.6m

Beam: 4.1m

Draft: 2.1m

Displacement: 13.5 (Gross tonnage 17.3)

Fuel Tankage: 314l (Plus Tek Tank emergency extra tank of 85l)

Water Tankage: 500l

Engine Make and Model: Yanmar 4JH3-HTE

Engine HP: 100

Engine Hours: Approx 1800

Date Last Engine Service: Aug 2020

Sail Drive or Shaft Drive: Shaft

Age of Standing Rigging: 2017/18

Date Last Antifouled: Sept 2019


Number of Sleeping Cabins (Excluding Saloon): 2

Number of Double Berths (Excluding Saloon): 2 with fore cabin in-fill

Number of Single Berths in Saloon: 1 x saloon with lee cloth

Does Saloon Convert to a Double: No

Number of Heads: 2

Aft head is electric saltwater flush with 50L holding tank, De-scaled 2019

Galley Equipment:

New Force 10, 3 Burner Stove (Currently on Propane)

Large upright fridge

New Frigoboat freezer 2019

Gas isolator solenoid switch

Additional Accommodation Summary Notes:

Beautiful handcrafted teak interior with lots of daylight. Galley with Corian worktop, ensuite large washrooms with both separate forward and aft shower cubicles with separate drainage. All LED light fittings throughout 2018. New Ocean Air black out/mosquito blinds in fore cabin and aft 2018. All Lewmar deck hatches replaced 2017. Multiple opening GEBO ports. Webasto fan assisted central heating plus hot water (40l calorifier)



New Main and Genoa by Saturn Sails 2018/19 in Hybrid Pro Dacron

The main is a fully Battened 3 Reef main, with deep 3rd reef

Additional 130% light weight downwind Genoa

Storm Jib

De Vries Cruising Chute with Snuffer


Selden mast with spinnaker pole on mast track.

Standing rigging all replaced (2017/2018) and cutter stay with furler added

Isolated Backstay for SSB

75% of all rope running rigging replaced with new in 2018/19 for ARC

De Vries Spray hood and stack pack in excellent condition 2014


All Anderson SS winches

2x electric 52 genoa winches

2x manual 47 spinnaker winches

2x Halyard 47 and 1x Vang winch


Lewmar windlass, reconditioned in full with new motor by Lewmar in 2017

70m x10 mm Anchor Chain

1x Rocna 33

1x 16Kg Delta


10 hp Sleipner 24V Bow Thruster

3 blade feathering Max prop 22” with spare 3 blade fixed prop

Rope Cutter


5x new 95Ah batteries 2017

Victron Phoenix charger/inverter 2kw/100A/12v-220v

Balmar 150A Alternator new 2017

220V Shore power with numerous UK sockets


Duogen 2 Water/Wind Generator. Full re-condition by Duogen in 2018

(This was absolutely brilliant in water mode and we arrived St Lucia with ‘Full’ batteries despite fridge/freezer and instruments plus water maker 2 hours per day and no engine!)

X4 Solar Panels on Bimini

New Solar Power Regulator 2019


New Raymarine package in 2018

4 KW Quantum Radar

x4 i50 instruments on companionway

x2 i70 instruments on companionway and binnacle

1x older ST60 repeater at chart table

New e120 plotter with AIS 650 transceiver

New log and depth transducer

Furuno 300NX Navtex

Smart Gauge battery monitor 2019

Simrad RS87 DSC 2 stations with deck speaker

ICOM 504 as spare

Raymarine ST7001 Auto Pilot

Iridium Pilot Sat communication for email and phone 2019


JVC CD/MP3/Radio with 2 speakers saloon, 2x Deck (waterproof)


Spectra 12V 26l/hr Watermaker (2006) Fully re conditioned with new O rings and all new seals. Included is a spare 12v pump if required

This performed faultlessly for 5000 miles sailing with it on for 2 hours per day.

New Hydrovane (2018)


Numerous deck items such as 2 life slings/floats and Danbuoy kit

New 6-man life raft. Ocean Safety ISO 9650 serviced until sept 2021

Mcmurdo Smartfind EPIRB 406 /121 new 2018

Jackstays new 2018

Replaced Primary fuel filter system with dual switch Vetus 330VTE easy replace cartridges with numerous spares (2017)

Emergency VHF aerial

New Deck access for emergency tiller/steering

Steering is all rod - no cables for reliability

General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as life rafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner’s specific needs


New Cutlass bearing 2019

Teak Decks completely refurbed and re-caulked by Contest in 2017

Diesel tank removed/cleaned and new inspection hatch fitted by Contest 2017


We were looking for a well-built modern yacht that would take up to four of us blue water cruising with the intention of doing the ARC in 2019 which we did last year. We were lucky to see her at the Contest Yard and fell in love with her space, looks and exceptionally high quality fit out.

She sails fast with ease and is fantastically comfortable down below in any sea, to be honest unlike our last boats you can’t really tell what’s going on unless you come up top to take over your watch!

We invested a lot into her to take part in the ARC Plus, and loved it, but with family circumstances and the COVID crisis it means we have to change tack with her earlier than anticipated and let someone else enjoy her capabilities. We will miss her and are not sure we will ever get as good a boat back that could look after us as well as Cara. It was not our intention to part with her so soon. Life!

For the crossing with three, she took all the stores we needed, including an extra 1000 litres of bottled water, plus spares and enough food to keep us going for a month.

Her kit, all of it, never let us down except for a broken shower drain pump on the entire trip. Our water maker was excellent and although that model is a little noisy, I would not hesitate to buy the same again. The power generation was fantastic, we never had a need to run her engine for charging at all, the Duogen was fabulous and the Hydrovane was always foolproof.

We have also installed under the port side locker a spare diesel tank with 85 litre capacity, complete with separate fuel filler and pump to give an increased motoring range of approx 500 miles. She cruises at 5 knots at 1800 rpm at about 3-3.5 l/h. Her max speed under engine is approx 7-8 knots.

We hope Cara's new owners will value her and enjoy her as much as we have.

Lying: Hamble UK

Available to view by appointment

Please note all our listed yachts are privately owned and located at the owner's individual home port, marina or mooring and not one central location. Therefore due to the varying geographical locations of our yachts and the subsequent travel time and distances involved, please only make arrangements to view if actively considering purchase.

Office Hours Mon- Fri 09.30 – 17.30

Saturday by prior appointment

For more information or to arrange an appointment please contact John Rodriguez Yachts

Tel: +44 (0)7505 485 950


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