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1973 Contest 31

Fareham, Hampshire, United Kingdom


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

Basic Boat Info

Price: £13,500
Make: Contest
Model: 31
Year: 1973
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Contest Yachts - Conyplex
Designer: Uus van Essen
Construction: Fiberglass


Length: 31 ft / 9.45 m
Length Overall: 31'2 ft / 9.50 m
Waterline Length: 23'4 ft / 7.11 m
Beam: 9'3 ft / 2.82 m
Max Draft: 4'6 ft / 1.37 m
Displacement: 10,500.62 lb
Ballast: 5,612.97 lb

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Lombardini
  • Model: 702
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 20hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Folding
  • Year: 2004
  • Engine Hours: 566


Heads Count: 1
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Cruisers


Jonty Stubbs
Williams & Smithells Yacht Brokers


Williams & Smithells UK
Wicormarine Cranleigh Road, Portchester
Fareham, GB, PO16 9DR


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


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


12v DC on board voltage
12v Domestic battery 2018
12v Engine battery 2010
Victron BMV702 Volt metre (2016)


150ltrs Water tank
80ltrs Fuel capacity

Rig and Sails

Anodised aluminium mast, boom and spinnaker pole
Stainless steel standing rigging replaced 2015
Inner detachable forestay
Furlex roller reefing (2013)
Crusader stack-pack and lazy jack system (2013)

Lewmar 6 mast winch
Antal W16 mast winch
2x Stireiss ER40 sheet winches

White Dacron, Quantum Main sail 2006
White Dacron Hyde Genoa (2017)
Blade (2004)
Cruising chute
Storm jib


Sleeps 3 in 2 cabins plus 1 in saloon
Forward double V-berth
Single saloon berth
Lee boards on all berths
Dark wood interior joinery
Blue saloon upholstery
Cream bedding upholstery
Heads between saloon and forecabin with Jabsco W/C


Nelson cooker with oven, 2 burners and grill
Hot water calorifier (2017)
Stainless steel sink
Integral cool box
Pioneer DEH-236 CD and radio


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


Sestrel binnacle steering compass with light
Garmin 128 GPS (with link to autopilot. 2003)
Raymarine wheel steering autopilot (2016)
Seafarer 701 depth sounder with repeater in cockpit
NASA Clipper windspeed/direction
NASA Target Navtex
NASA Masthead LED anchor light/tricolour (2014)
Windex windvane
Uniden MC6700 VHF radio with telephone and cockpit speaker


Manual whale bilge pump
Emergency tiller
Fire extinguishers (require a service)
1kg Automatic fire extinguisher in engine bay (2013)
2 x Harnesses
Fire blanket
Dan buoy
Life ring and light
Emergency VHF aerial

The condition or level of safety equipment on board is not to be negotiated on following survey. It is likely to be listed by most surveyors but is not structural or an integral working part of the vessel and is not to be used to further negotiate the price down after survey. We strongly suggest that for your own personal safety that when purchasing a yacht you provide new safety equipment rather than relying on second hand gear.

Should you become the new owner of this yacht then the responsibility to re-register or update official bodies for items such as EPIRB, VHF, MMSI or AIS becomes yours.

Disclaimer and Travelling to Inspect

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith, in this case we are acting as Brokers only.  Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The particulars are intended only as a guide and they do not constitute a term of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at his own 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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