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Contest Yachts prepares to launch 26 metre flagship

Dutch yard Contest Yachts is preparing to launch its 25.85 metre flagship, the 85Cs.

The yacht, which was first revealed at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2016, will be launched by the end of this month, with sea trials taking place in the Mediterranean this autumn.

It comes after the yard moved its flagship between sheds at its Medemblik facility in November last year.

It comes after the yard moved the yacht inbetween sheds in November last year

This semi-custom yacht will come with modern-classic interiors by Wetzels Brown Partners of Amsterdam, who previously styled the current Contest flagship PH3, which launched in 2012.

The hull form is based on the successful Contest 67CS, which naval architect firm Judel Vrolijk & Co has extended with a moderate-shallow underbody running back from the lightly raked bow to a soft-chined, broad stern. Twin rudders will provide precise, powerful and light control from the twin helm stations.

The layout will be semi-customisable, with owners able to choose either an aft or a forward master cabin configuration. Five en-suite guest cabins mean a maximum capacity of ten guests. Privacy will be paramount with a fully enclosable galley and crew quarters for a staff of up to four.

Contest has paid particular attention to reducing noise and vibration throughout, with high levels of sound insulation fitted to the engine room. Storage comes in the form of a large lazarette, which can swallow up a compressor and all manner of superyacht water toys, while the tender garage is situated under the foredeck. Safety is also a prime concern, with every cabin fitted with its own emergency escape hatch accessible via a ladder. The yacht is also fitted with a big volume water pump in case of flooding or fire fighting.

Built to Lloyd’s Registery standards, the Contest 85CS features a 6.4 metre beam, a maximum draught of 3.79 metres and a 260hp Volvo Penta D4 engine, while the 2,500-litre fuel tank should allow for extended cruising under power.

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