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1997 Contest 48

Lefkas, Greece


Contest 48 built 1996/7 by the impressive Dutch builders Conyplex B.V to Dick Zaal design. Powerful and highly respected Blue Water sailing yacht. Dark blue GRP hull & structure, full teak decks, wing keel. Powered by the original Volvo 100hp engine, shaft drive (seal changed 2018), tunnel bowthruster, 4kw generator.  Sloop rigged, Inmast furling main, Seldon mast & spars, standing rigging (new 2016) 3 electric winches.  Accom for 6 in 2 double cabins and saloon berths, Revcycle Aircon to aft cabin only, two electric heads, fully equipped galley. Predominantly B&G networked nav gear, Furuno radar, autopilot.  Comprehensive safety equipment.  In current British ownerships since 2005. Euros 199,950 

Yacht is available for purchase from end of 2023 sailing season.

Inspections and sea trials are possible whilst owners are sailing locally in the Ionian. Survey and the purchase process from late August/early September.

Basic Boat Info

Tax Status: Paid
Make: Contest
Model: 48
Year: 1997
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Conyplex B.V. (Contest Yachts)
Designer: Dick Zaal
Construction: Fiberglass
Keel Type: Winged Keel


Length: 48 ft / 14.63 m
Length Overall: 48 ft / 14.63 m
Waterline Length: 40'7 ft / 12.37 m
Beam: 13'8 ft / 4.17 m
Max Draft: 11'3 ft / 3.43 m
Min Draft: 11'3 ft / 3.43 m

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Volvo Penta
  • Model: TMD 31
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 100hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade
  • Year: 1996
  • Engine Hours: 2600
  • Engine Location: Center


Heads Count: 2
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Sloop, Center Cockpit


Williams and Smithells Ltd
Williams & Smithells Yacht Brokers


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


Contest 48CS built 1997 by Conyplex (Contest Yachts)
Designed by Dick Zaal
Built to Lloyds specifications,

Monohull, centre cockpit
Dark blue GRP hull deck & structure.
Full teak decks
Wing keel
Wheel steering

LOA: 48.3 (14.75m)
LWL: 40’7 (12.4m)
Beam: 13’8 (4.25m)
Draft: 5’75 (1.75m) Wing keel
Displacement 18.3T (keel 6.5T). Cruising weight 21T


Volvo Penta TMD 31 - 100hp (original)
Shaft drive
Cutlass shaft seal CVJ new 2018
Fixed 3 bladed prop

Hours since significant overhaul winter 2009/2010 – 1,100 from owners log/records
Possible hours since first launched approx. 2,600
The engine had a full top end rebuild (cylinder head and all attaching parts) in 2010 – owner estimates having done approx 1,100 hrs. Owner holds a full chemical analysis of the old oil reported OK.
Engine has had full service oil and filter change and fresh water flush each season.

Sidepower Bowthruster (new 2014) 24v supply from 2 batteries
Paguro 4000 4kw Genset – 460 hrs
Mermaid Air Conditioning hot/cold to aft cabin only. Serviced each season.


240/24/12v systems
Shore power
Victron Phoenix battery charger (2018) 60 a/h
Whisper pursine 400w inverter (2018)
5 x domestic batteries 110 a/h new 2022
2 x engine/bowthruster start batteries 110 a/h new 2022
1 x generator battery 60 a/h new 2022

Additional cables for shortwave radio and weatherman systems
Cable between AIS & plotter in cockpit


Fuel:      1 x 400 ltr s/s tank
Water:    2 x s/s tanks - 1000 ltrs total
Holding: 3 x fwd & 1 x aft tanks total 240 ltrs – Tektank Plastic

Rig and Sails

Sloop rigged
Standing rigging replaced in 2016 s/s
Seldon spars – Seldon Electro furl
Spinnaker pole only

Inmast furling main, white. (Original serviced & serviceable for general cruising)
Yankee 120% furling, white (2009/10 good cond)
Genoa large delta, new 2004 (stored in France – refurbished considered good condition)
Storm Staysail hardly used

2 x Lewmar electric Genoa winches 58’s
2 x Lewmar manual sheet winches 40’s
2 x Lewmar manual 2spd halyard winches 40/43
1 x Lewmar electric main winch 44
Left of pole 1 x small snubber winch


Accom for 6 in 3 cabins + 2 in saloon
Approx 6ft+ headroom throughout
2 double cabins
2 single berths
2 heads with electric flush systems
Pierre Frey fabric upholstery


Heating/Aircon to aft cabin (Mermaid)
Oven with 2 burner gas hobs
Microwave combi oven (2012)
Double s/s sinks in Galley and single s/s in passage sink which also has Water filter
Vitrifrigo 90 ltr fridge
Large Chest Freezer unit with dual thermostat
Both fridge and freezer are keel cooled.


Lofrans 1500w electric windlass with remote control fwd and also cockpit controls
25kg Delta anchor with approx. 75m 12mm chain
15 kg spare anchor

Full winter covers bow to stern
6 + lines/warps
8 fenders (+ some old ones)
Swim platform with swim ladder
Aft deck shower
2 x webbing reels


Furuno Radar linked to Furno GPS which supports B&G
B&G network Standard Horizon Plotter
B&G network log/speed/wind/depth/ + nav data at chart table VMG etc
B&G Autopilot
B&G network control at helm with all functions available, used normally for commanding the autopilot functions

Standard Horizon AIB Shipmate RS 8300 VHF
Standard horizon AIS receiver
Cockpit has twin scope forward scanning sonar screen
NASA Target weatherman receiver
NASA HF3 radio/telex
Garmin GPS with receiver for cockpit use
Whitlock Compass
Navigation lights
Clock & barometer


2.7m tender (carried on deck) New 2022
2 hp Yamaha 2 stroke outboard


8 person raft – serviced 2019
EPIRB – Global V4 fixed GPS (new 2022 with Coast Guard certificate of registry in boat file)
Radar reflector fixed to mast
3 electric bilge pumps – 1 in engine room / 2 aux
Manual bilge pump in cockpit
Life line (floating)
MOB floating line
Life buoys with 2 white lights & drogue
Lazy jacks for harnesses port/stbd
HX85, MMSA & SOS + GPS handheld VHF
Fire blanket
4 Fire extinguishers (needing service)
Jack stays
Dan buoy
Flares (not in date)

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.

Owners Comments

I have owned her since 2005. The first owner sailed from Bormes/French coast to Corsica/Sardinia and Spain. Since my ownership cruises to Corsica/Sardinia west coast of Italy/Sicily and then to Greece.

Greece has included the Canal, Athens, Peloponnese, Italy, Montenegro and Croatia. Logged approx. 7,500 n miles of 11,200 since launching.

Title Documents and Tax

Listed below are the documents/or copies of what we have seen on listing this yacht.

Current British SSR Certificate
Act de Vente Nov 2005 to current owner (French Customs-Douanes stamped)
Supporting French Customs-Douanes letter 2005 confirming no financial charges on the vessel.
French Registration Deletion Certificate 2005 'Certificat De Radiation' stamped and stated by French Customs 'TVA Acquittee meaning VAT Free 'Evidence of TEPAI cruising tax paid
Evidence of current Transit Log (currently held with Preveza Customs)
Tepai cruising tax paid until lift out end of September 2022
Built 1997 - Pre dates Declaration of Conformity requirements

Disclaimer and Travelling to Inspect

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Additional Contact Information

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