Quick Look:Contest 60 CS

Jeremy McGeary reviews this fast and cozy cruiser for the CW 2009 Sailboat Show


Contest Yachts has been almost invisible on this side of the Atlantic for a number of years, but the respected Dutch builder expects to remedy that with the Contest 60 CS, designed for fast and comfortable cruising.
While Contest employs the latest technology in construction-vinylester resin and vacuum infusion-it favors more conventional styling, and the handsome low-profile center cockpit and deckhouse and the flush foredeck distinguish the CS 60 from many of its contemporaries.

Several alternative arrangements are possible within the framework of the half-dozen structural bulkheads that define the interior, which, styled by Birgit Schnaase, is thoroughly modern in its aspect.

Twin steering stations ensure a good all-round view for the helmsman and most of the sail handling gear is close by them, leaving guests in the forward part of the cockpit largely clear of the working area.

The sail plan, with a large full-battened main and 110-percent genoa, is arranged for good all-round performance and easy handling.