A nicely presented example of her class 'Nova' is in very good condition for a yacht of this age and a testament to her owners fastidious maintenance regime. Under the current ownership she has extensively cruised the coast line and islands of Scotland and Ireland as well as making numerous trips to the Norwegian coast exploring from Stravanger north to the Lofoten Islands; predominately these extended cruises were completed with a crew of only two aboard.
With the Contest Yachts wing keel she delivers a rewarding sailing experience and has proven to be very capable making short handed offshore passages. Below decks comfortable accommodation is provided for a maximum crew of six with spacious cabins provided at either end of the boat. With generously sized heads and a practical galley the boat is ideally suited to living aboard for extended periods.
Currently lying afloat and in commission North Argyll.
A traditional fin and skeg type design below the waterline the boat is fitted with an iron bolt on ballast with full length skeg hung rudder. The wing type ballast keel has become something of a Contest Yachts trademark offering increased windward performance with a shallower draft. In serious cruising yacht style the propellor shaft is protected by the moulded shaft log for its full length.
The hull and deck are constructed from GRP mouldings made in the traditional fashion and finished externally in an off-white gelcoat. A solid teak rub rail is fitted just below the sheerline and capped with a neat stainless steel cope rail. The bulwarks are capped with a solid teak capping rail onto which the stanchions are secured. Decks finished in the traditional laid teak.
The boat is fitted with her original Selden Spars masthead cutter rig. All spars are of alloy construction, finished in a silver anodising with black cast alloy end fittings. All standing rigging is of 1x19 stainless steel wire construction with roll swaged terminals and chromed bronze bottle screws. Standing rigging replaced in full 2007. Masthead lighting has also been upgraded in recent years to be full LED drastically reducing power consumption during night passages.
In the style typical of Northern European builders the engine is located within its own dedicated engine space directly beneath the cockpit sole. The fully sound insulated space is accessed primarily through two large removable panels in the passage way to the aft cabin with additional access available through the galley locker, behind the companionway steps and by removing the bucket moulding locker beneath the cockpit sole.
The Volvo Penta MD31A 4 cylinder marine diesel engine benefited from a complete overhaul in 2012, since 2012 the engine has run approximately 850 hours. Overhauling was completed by Creran Engineering (invoices available) and included
In addition to this rebuilding work the alternator was upgraded separately in 2009 with the installation of a larger 110amp unit with Adverc smart charge controller and the oil cooler was replaced with a new item in 2015.
Stern gear is of the traditional shaft type with Volvo type shaft seal and 3 blade Variprop feathering propeller. The original fixed 3 bladed prop is retained aboard the boat as a spare. Ambassador Marine rope cutter mounted on the shaft provides the propellor with some protection.
A Vetus bow thruster is located forward with access provided to the motor and switch gear under the forward bunks. Bow thruster control is via a rocker switch type control located on the cockpit coaming in way of the helm.
The boat is fitted with a Whitlock rod steering system with all parts easily accessible for maintenance. Emergency tiller system is aboard and with the aft cabin bunk lifted can be easily fitted.
During the current ownership comprehensive maintenance logs have been kept for the engine as well as general work on the boat, interested parties will be supplied with copies upon request.
For a boat which has been extensively cruised the condition of the boat on deck is a testament to the current owners fastidious maintenance regime. With the decks largely un-obstructed and the protruding coachroof limited to a small area around the coachroof and cockpit, access around the decks for crew is exceptionally easy.
Substantial twin bow rollers are fitted in a bespoke stainless steel stemhead fitting allowing the anchor to be stowed on the bow when moored. The Maxwell 1500 watt electric windlass is mounted directly aft of the bow with the chain self stowing into a deep chain locker in the bow. A cavernous bow locker is accessed through a huge deck hatch and provides a great storage space for warps, fenders, spare ground tackle etc.
Running between the pulpit and pushpit rails stainless steel guard wires are supported on stainless steel stanchions, providing crew with some security if venturing forward in heavy weather. Webbing jackstays also run the full length of the deck.
With the design of the boat the centrally located cockpit is already well clear of the water however a fixed screen with additional sprayhood forward and deep coamings provide additional shelter for crew and create a very safe and commanding area from which to sail the boat. The sprayhood extension to the fixed screen extends sufficiently far aft to provide sheltered seating for 4 while the full cockpit tent transforms the cockpit into additional living space with views all around. A folding cockpit table is permanently mounted on the pedestal.
The aft deck provides two additional lockers with the port locker sealed and self draining providing gas bottle storage. Having cruised extensively in Scandinavia the boat has a kedge anchor rigged for deployment from the stern. A boarding ladder with drop down section provides easy access to the boat from the tender.
As you would expect from a builder of highly regarded yachts the finish below decks is of the highest quality with all joinery work constructed from premium quality materials and finished in a rich satin varnish. Throughout the living space the use of rich natural timber finishes creates a very traditional and homely feel. The use of light coloured upholstery and headlinings maximise the natural light coming in through the portlights in the coachroof and topsides to keep the interior bright and spacious feeling. The accommodation has obviously been designed for extended periods of living aboard in mind with lots of practical storage space in all areas of the boat.
The forpeak offers full standing headroom with two well sized single berths in a traditional V-berth configuration. Both bunks have fold down bunk boards for use at sea while an infill section creates a spacious double bunk when required. A good practical selection of storage is provided in the cabin shelves running overhead outboard of the bunks while at the aft end of the cabin to port is a small dresser unit with a selection of built in hanging and shelved lockers. Beneath the bunks access is provided to the bow thruster, deck wash pump and windlass switch gear.
Located to starboard the forward heads is again spacious for a boat of this size and has been designed for practical use as a heads and shower with plenty of room for standing. The compartment is finished in a wipe clean laminate with varnished teak trims and fiddles; stout teak gratings form the sole. The compartment is appointed with Jabsco sea toilet, basin, hot and cold faucet which extends to serve as a shower and a good selection of storage.
A large full width saloon occupies the the midships area of the boat providing a spacious living space filled with natural light. Bench settees run along the port and starboard sides of the space with the passage way forward being to the port side of the centre line. Both settees convert to large single berths when required and are fitted with timber lee boards for use as sea berths when on passage. The large saloon table is permanently fixed around the compression post on the centre line of the saloon with a large drop leaf on the port side. Storage is provided around the saloon with a good selection of overhead lockers and shelves while large cave type lockers are provided behind the seat backs on both sides.
The U-shaped galley to port of the companionway has been sensibly designed with use at sea in mind and everything is located within easy reach. The galley is well appointed with twin stainless steel sink, gas cooker, top loading fridge, compact microwave, extractor fan and plenty of storage space in a selection of lockers and a sizable top loading locker beneath the work surface. A full set of the original Contest Yachts crockery is included within the ships inventory.
Opposite the galley is the ships navigation station. Finished in the same high quality joinery work it provides an excellent work space for the navigator. A forward facing seat provides a stable platform for the navigator to work at the sizeable chart table. Again the area is practically laid out with a large volume of storage provided within the table and all the navigation instrument displays and ships switch panel easily accessible.
Running along the starboard side aft of the nav station is the passageway to the owners cabin aft; a door at the forward end of the passageway separates the cabin from the rest of the boat and creates a feeling of additional space within the aft cabin. Within the passageway section access is provided to the engine space via two large removable panels inboard. Outboard large storage lockers are provided on two levels providing a great storage space for bulky items. The huge double bunk dominates the cabin, spanning the full width of the aft end of the boat and fitted with a sprung mattress the cabin is ideally suited to living aboard in comfort. Additional storage is provided in way of overhead lockers outboard of the bunk port and starboard.
A spacious aft heads is located at the port side of the aft cabin, finished in the same style as the forward heads it has been laid out with a sub-divided space separating the shower and toilet space. The compartment is appointed with Jabsco sea toilet, basin, hot and cold faucet, dedicated shower faucet and a good selection of storage.
In this case we are acting as brokers only. The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation , the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their 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.