Meet our floating home on the Ocean:
SV Adhara - Contest 48CS

We bought her in beginning of July 2020 in Plymouth, UK in the middle of the pandemic and a nation-wide lockdown. Because of travel restrictions we basically decided to buy after a via FaceTime Call with the broker. In essence, we had decided on the type of boat we wanted long before. We had visited the shipyard of Contest in the Netherlands several times, and had also been on board a few 48CS models before, so we pretty much knew what we were getting ourselves into. And so we packed up our belongings, booked a one-way flight to the UK, and moved aboard our new home. Well. Maybe it was a bit more complicated than that 🙂

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1998 Contest 48CS. Hull #48115; Cutter rigged sloop.

Lenght overall: 14,75 m
Lenght waterline: 12,40 m
Beam: 4,25 m
Draft wing keel: 1,80 m

Drawing of Contest 48CS Sailyacht ADHARA

More Details and Upgrades

Designed by Dick Zaal and Georg Nissen and built in Medemblik at Contest Yachts Shipyard in the Netherlands, the Contest 48CS is designed for blue water cruising. She was built to Llyods standards from wood cored GRP in 1998. In total 64 of these boats were built and Adhara is No 15.

For us, the most attractive features besides the center cockpit and the very solid construction are the raised cockpit salon (CS), longitudinal galley down below, and the amazing master stateroom. We also like that she is cutter (two foresails) rigged and we can carry our dinghy on davits at the back. We even have a dedicated workbench for the inevitable repair works, which is very useful and we haven’t seen it on other 48CS models so far.

Fuel: 600ltr
Fresh Water: 750ltr
Engine: Perkins M135 135hp (1998)
Generator: Paguro 4SY (2020 – 4kw))
Watermaker: Horizon Seafari Escape (60l/hour)
House batteries: 2 X 300ah 12V LiFePo4 batteries in series for 24V system (2020)
Charger/Inverter: Mastervolt 24/4000/120 (creates 240V) 
Sails: New Main Sail 2021 (Northsails), Genoa 2016 (Northsails), Staysail 2016 (Northsails)
Solar Upgrade 2021: Removeable Stainless Steel Mount on Davits with 2 x LG NeON 355 W monocristaline Solar Panels

Drawing of Contest 48CS Sailyacht ADHARA with Layout Plan

Additional Specs

Furuno Radar with two screens (Cockpit and Nav Station)
Ocean Signal Epirb1 
Ocean Signal PLB’s MOB1 
SeaGo Liferaft Sea Master 6 PAX
A well equipped Grab Bag (4 PAX for 3 days)
Iridium Go Satellite Phone
Crew Saver Ergofit 190N Offshore Life Jackets with harness
In case of MOB: Rescue Sling, Pick-Up Sail
Lifelines from front to aft of the boat

Dinghy and Outboard Engine:
We quickly upgraded from a 5PS Outboard Engine to a 15HP 2-Stroke Engine. Gamechanger! We can now really explore our surroundings, drive into town if we’re anchored a little outside and also wakeboard. Yes! 

The Anchor
We have kept the original Anchor that came with the boat. It’s called “Bügelanker” and so far we’re happy with it. It’s stainless steel and so is our 80m chain.

Because Adhara has a center cockpit we have a really nice large aft cabin with a 150×200 double bed and “en-suite” bathroom (or “head”). There is a side cabin with 2 bunk berths that shares a head with the forward V-berth cabin. The long side of our Salon seating can be turned into a comfortable sea berth.

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