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2001 Contest 48CS

Sicily, Licata, Italy


Contest 48CS centre cockpit cutter rigged ocean cruiser deck saloon. Respected powerful and elegant cruising yacht built in 2001 to Dick Zaal design. Blue hull, copper-coated, teak decks. Powered by Yanmar 100hp engine, Bowthruster, Sails incl inmast furling North 3Di main (2018) standing rigging 2012. Solar panels and Duogen tow/wind generator. Accom for 5/7 throughout, 3 cabins, 2 heads, Webasto heating, holding tank. A wealth of Navigation equipment & safety gear. Fully set up for long term cruising & short-handed sailing. Privately owned British Flag, VAT paid. Licata, Sicily - £250,000

Basic Boat Info

Price: £250,000
Tax Status: Paid
Make: Contest
Model: 48CS
Year: 2001
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Contest/Conyplex
Designer: Dick Zaal
Construction: Fiberglass
Keel Type: Bulb Keel


Length: 48 ft / 14.63 m
Length Overall: 48'5 ft / 14.76 m
Waterline Length: 40'7 ft / 12.37 m
Beam: 13'11 ft / 4.24 m
Max Draft: 6'11 ft / 2.10 m
Min Draft: 6'9 ft / 2.06 m

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Yanmar
  • Model: 4JH3-HTE
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 100hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Folding
  • Engine Hours: 3250
  • Engine Location: Center


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


Williams and Smithells Ltd
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Fareham, GB, PO16 9DR
Tel:+44 (0)1329 827 053


Contest 48CS built 2001 by Conyplex (Contest Yachts)
Designed by Dick Zaal
Monohull, cutter rigged sloop, centre cockpit
Deck saloon with toughened thermopane glass windows in aluminum framing
Dark blue Awlgrip GRP hull
Built to Lloyds specifications, CE Cat A certification
Hull Copper Coated.
Teak in good condition, caulking replaced 2016.
Whitlock wheel steering with rod transmission plus emergency tiller
Fin/bulb, 2.1m draft, skeg hung rudder.

LOA:    48'5 (12.75m)
LWL:    40'7 (12.4m)
Beam: 13'11 (4.25m)
Draft:     6'8 (2.1m)
Displacement 18.3T (keel 6.5T).
Cruising weight 21T


Yanmar 4JH3-HTE, 100HP,
Engine hours 3250hrs
Maxprop folding 19" prop.
Spare fixed blade prop.
Bowthruster: Sleipner Sidepower SP155 8kW
Space in engine room for generator


2 Engine mounted alternators, domestic 90A.
Victron Multiplus 3kW charger/inverter.
615Ah batteries Lifeline AGM (2014)
2 x 110Ah for engine/bowthruster (2016).
Solar panel 215W with MPPT.
Duogen towed/wind generator.
Magnetronic DCC 4000 battery control system

Raymarine Smartpilot SPX30 with rotary actuator, p70 control at helm. NB B&G ACP2 autopilot as backup & spare Mamba servo-motor.


Fuel: 520 ltr diesel
Water: 820 ltr water in 2 tanks
Holding: 40 ltr black water on fwd heads.
Gas: 2 Camping Gaz cylinders in aft gas locker (2 US steel cylinders, regulator & connections also on-board)

Rig and Sails

Sloop rigged
Spinnaker pole stowed on mast.
Stainless steel standing rigging new 2012.
Running backstays.
All lines lead back to cockpit
Electric winches available for furling on both tacks plus MOB recovery
Heavy-duty Lewmar deck hardware and gear.

Northsails 3Di Nordac mainsail (46m² 2018) roller furling in Seldén stowaway mast (2005),
Elvstrom laminate genoa (66m² 2010) on Furlex genoa furler,
Sanders heavy-duty staysail (19m² 2012) on Furlex staysail furler,
Gennaker 82m² on Facnor furler.
N.b. Sunstrips on both foresails need replacing. Genoa is pre-2012 but still in good shape.

Electric primary winches Lewmar 58ST,
Lewmar 48ST secondary winches,
Lewmar 44ST halyard winches on mast +winch for spinnaker pole control.


Classic teak interior, semi-raised saloon with U-shaped settee around dining table (serves as extra berth if required) with bench settee port. Navigation area opposite with large chart table, padded seat, chart stowage, book shelves and electronics panel. Dedciated space for washing machine

Saloon layout allows for a safe watchkeeping on both tacks during passages

Rated for 7 people: Aft Owner's cabin with centreline slat sprung double berth (2018), ensuite electric heads, washbasin and separate shower cubicle. Two guest cabins forward (V-berth and bunk berths) with ensuite electric heads, washbasin and separate shower.

Lots of cupboard space, hanging lockers and stowage space throughout. Headroom: 1,95 - 2,00m. Off-white Alcantara upholstery (2012). Removable carpets throughout. TV in main cabin. Clock & barometer.

Low consumption fans in living and main sleeping areas


Galley is well equipped with double s/s sinks, Corian worktops, Force 10 3 x burner cooker and oven
Frigoboat front loading refrigerator and top loading fridge/freezer.
Pressurised hot/cold water system (plus foot-pump at galley).
Webasto cabin heaters (diesel ducted hot air heating, 3 thermostatic control zones).
Low energy lighting throughout (mostly LED).
Hot water from engine, webasto or immersion.
Deck shower.
Aquapure micropore water filter.
S/S dorade vents
Siemens microwave & Contest crockery (not on-board but available in UK).


Windlass: Simpson Lawrence Pacific V2200, controls at bows & cockpit.
ROCNA 33 bower anchor with 75m of 10mm chain.
Delta 25 tandem/spare anchor.
Fortress FX37 kedge with warp & chain.

Davit for outboard, Folding davits for dinghy.
Aluminium passerelle with fittings for stern and bows access.
LED spreader deck lights.
Mast-head steps.
Pneumatic boom kicker

Sprayhood with zip-on cuddy tent.
Bimini with sun-shades and tent sides.
Cockpit cushions.
Cockpit table.
Folding seats on aft deck
Swim platform

Hookah 12V diving compressor & hose for underwater maintenance.
Many mooring ropes and spare cordage.
Transparent washboard as well as lockable wooden boards.


Whitlock compass on wheel pedestal
Raymarine C125 (2012) multifunction display & 2 Navionics chart packs,
4kW digital raydome.
Raymarine AIS 650.
2x Raymarine i70s, wind & DST sensors (with iTC5 interconnect).
Echopilot 2D forward looking sonar on binnacle.
Cetrek multi-display.
Furuno NX3000 navtext.
V Yacht NMEA over wi-fi.
Standard Horizon Explorer GX1600 VHF with 2nd handset at helm
Icom IC-M700Pro SSB with ground-plane & insulated backstay
R&R Pacific masthead aerial combo
Garmin 152 back-up GPS.
FM radio/CD/MP3/BT with speakers in main cabin & cockpit


Highfield UL260 lightweight aluminium hull (2016).
Mercury 8HP 2 stroke outboard (2013).
NB Tender stows on foredeck on passage.


Liferaft: Seasafe Prolite 4 man offshore (2018).
Kannad 406 EPIRB.
Jonbuoy inflatable rescue ring.
Jonbouy danbouy.
Laser flare.
Seabrake drogue with bridle & warp.
Fire extinguishers in engine (auto), fore- and aft-cabins

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

“She has been our much loved home since we bought her in 2012 and she has looked after us in comfort and safety throughout our 28,000 miles onboard. We have crossed the Atlantic, explored the eastern seaboard of the USA & Caribbean, re-visited much of the Mediterranean and recently returned from a circuit of the Azores, Madeira and the Canaries.

As a home she is spacious and luxurious whether at anchor or in port, with comfort and privacy for us and our guests. She sails brilliantly in all conditions; we’ve weathered an Atlantic storm and even worse conditions when she has been both secure and very sea-kindly. She even sails very well in light airs. When we acquired her she was lightly used and minimally equipped. We did an initial major refit for ocean passage-making and have continued to invest in her throughout our ownership. It is with great sadness that health & family lead us to cut short our life aboard and we hope that the new owners have as much fun and excitement as we have had.”

Title Documents and Tax

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

British Certificate of Registry - Part 1 Full Title Registry
Original Bill of Sale to current owners - 2012
Copies of previous Bills of Sale
Copy of original VAT paid invoice
Certificate/Declaration of Conformity

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