Contest 48CS FOR SALE

  • Currently located in the BVIs with plans to sail to the Bahamas

  • Liveaboard-ready (Solar, Generator, watermaker, Lithium batteries)

  • Offshore/bluewater proven – fully geared including in-date safety equipment

  • Ready to sail the world!

You can find thousands (literally) of pictures and videos on our Instagram:

Asking Price: 290.000 EUR


We bought our Contest 48CS in beginning of July 2020 in Plymouth, UK and sailed her to the Canary Islands, Madeira, the Mediterranean, back to the Canary Islands, down to Cape Verde, across the Atlantic Ocean, up and down the windward islands of the Caribbean and are currently in the BVIs.

She is a very seaworthy vessel, well-equipped for ocean crossings and an off-grid life.

Adhara has a wing keel, a skeg-protected rudder, an in-mast hydraulic furling mainsail, a massive genoa, a smaller gib sail, and a beautiful spinnaker. The mast has been newly repainted in 2021.

A reliable 135HP Sabre Perkins engine and a robust Autopilot system. This boat is high-quality and well-equipped, ready to take offshore. 

2 x 355W Solar installation, a 4KW Generator (new in 2020, only 200h), and a watermaker that runs off the Lithium Batteries (2X 300 ah LifePo4) allow true off-grid living. The cozy interior of the boat has enough space for a couple or a small family.

New Raymarine navigation, radar, VHF, and AIS. 

A detailed list of specifications and  inventory is below. 

Please get in touch with us via the contact form below, leaving your name, email address and phone number to schedule  FaceTime Walkthroughs or to a visit. We currently live on board and look forward to meeting her new owners!

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About this boat

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. All original manuals on board!

For us, the most attractive features besides the center cockpit and the very solid construction are the raised cockpit salon (CS), longitudinal galley and large headspace 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. The previous owner stripped the worn teak deck and we’re very happy about the maintenance free Awlgrip non-skid deck!

Drawing of Contest 48CS Sailyacht ADHARA
Drawing of Contest 48CS Sailyacht ADHARA with Layout Plan



  • LOA: 14.75 m
  • Length waterline: 12.40 m
  • Beam: 4.25 m
  • Draft: 1.85
  • Displacement: 18 tons
  • Fuel: 600L in 1 tank (taken out of boat 2020, cleaned and two inspections hatched installed)
  • Water: 750L in 2 tanksBlack: 2 tanks for each head
  • Cabins: 3 (double berth owners cabin, double berth forward, bunk beds in stb cabin)
  • Bathrooms: 2 (forward manual toilet, aft electric toilet)


  • Engine: Perkins M135
  • Year: 1998
  • Power: 135 hp
  • Drive type: Shaft Drive
  • Rope Cutter: Yes
  • Engine hours: 1262


  • GRP and balsa core hull, deck, and superstructure
  • Wing keel
  • Skeg hung rudder (new 2020)
  • Re-epoxied under waterline (2018)
  • Hull sprayed in 2K paint (2018)
  • Deck epoxy painted non-slip (2018)
  • Teak in cockpit refurbished (2018)
  • Flexi teak on sugar scoop (2018)
  • All skin fittings and sea cocks replaced (2018)
  • New rudder build to original drawings in epoxy with stainless steel shaft and tanes (2020)
  • New drive shaft (2020)


  • Perkins M135 6 cylinder 135hp diesel engine
  • Twin Disc MG5010 transmission
  • Aquadrive vibration reduction drive linkage (rebuilt 2020)
  • Maxprop folding propeller with rope cutter (rebuilt 2020)
  • Spare standard fixed propeller
  • Whitlock pedestal with solid link steering (Mamba), new universal joints (2019), steering bevel box (rebuilt 2018)
  • Sidepower bow thruster with food pedals
  • Paguro 4SY Generator (4KW) new in 2020 (210h)
  • Anchor windlass with cockpit and fore deck operation switches(new motor 2018)
  • Chain counter above companionway (2019)


  • 24V Domestic wiring replaced (2020)
  • complete electrica bonding system (2020)

Voltage Systems

  • 12V system (for electronics etc)
  • 24V main domestic system
  • circuit breaker protection
  • 220V AC with sockets throughout, works from inverter, shore power, or generator

Battery banks

  • 2 X 300ah LifePo4 (lithium) house batteries (2020)
  • 2X Varta 75ah main engine start batteries
  • 1X generator star battery (2021)
  • 2X bow thruster batteries


  • Mastervolt Mass Combi 24/4000/120 charger inverter
  • Victron MPPT 100/50 solar charger (2021)
  • 140ah alternator driven on two belts from main engine (2020)
  • shore power socket in cockpit

Plumbing and Tankage

  • Boiler with immersion heater (element new 2020, tank and heater 2008)
  • Water heated from 220V supply or main engine
  • New taps and water hoses throughout (2018)


  • Horizin Seafari Escape water maker 60l/h (2006, a lot of parts refurbished 2021)
  • High pressure inlet pump (2014)
  • runs of the batteries


  • Cruisair SMX II air condition in aft cabin

Washing machine

  • Candy Aquamatic 8T washing machine in aft bathroom

Bilge pumps (all with audio visual alarms)

  • Fore peak under bed ( 2020)
  • midship salon foreward (2020)
  • Salon aft (2018)
  • Engine room high capacity
  • Aft at shaft
  • Manual Simspon Lawrence pump in Cockpit


  • Raymarine ES9 chart plotter at Nav station (2018)
  • 2X Raymarine i70s above conmpanionway (2018)
  • Raymarine autopilot (2018)
  • Raymarine ITC-5 for all instruments linked together (2018)
  • Raymarine GPS 150 (2020)
  • Raymarine 650 AIS transmit and receive (2018)
  • DST 800 smart sensor Speed, depth, temperature (2018)
  • Furuno radar (2X screesn, Nav station + cockpit)
  • Whitlock Polaris race compass
  • Icom 506 DSC/AIS VHF (2018)
  • New VHF aerial and coaxial cable
  • Raymarine ST60 Windex (2021)
  • Sea Talk NG Backbone system
  • Iridium Go Satelite phone (2020)
  • Iridium external antenna (2020)
  • Wifi NMEA transceiver
  • PredictWind Data Hub
  • 2nd B&G Autopilot (only the electronics, not connected right now


  • 6 berths in 3 cabins layout with large owners aft with en-suite


  • U shaped seating (new upholstery throughout 2020)
  • Saloon table can be extended to the aft of the boat, extension table piece folds and stows in recess in table.
  • Water maker below starboard seating.
  • Domestic batteries below forward seating.
  • Inverter/charger below port side seating.
  • Stowage below aft seating and access to pumps and filters for water system plus engine and generator start batteries.
  • Bookshelf to starboard plus two cupboards.

Forward of salon passageway

  • Full length hanging locker plus shelving above.
  • Chest of deep draws with lift top revealing a workbench space.
  • Large locker above workbench.
  • Second chest of draws forward of chart table.

Forwards heads

  • Jabsco manual marine WC.
  • Two lockers.
  • Switch for shower pump out.
  • Shower cubicle with basin.
  • Cupboard with mirrored door.
  • Wash basin with mixer taps.
  • Teak gratings on floor.

Starboard bunk cabin

  • Twin bunks.
  • Draws and lockers beneath lower bunk.
  • Forward bulkhead has a cupboard with shelving.
  • Full height hanging locker with shelving above aft of bunks.

Forward cabin

  • Large V-berth with infill to create a double berth.
  • Large amount of stowage beneath berth with ‘bins’ at foot of berth.
  • Cupboards above berth.
  • Full length hanging locker and two smaller lockers with shelving.
  • Bow thruster and batteries below forward berth.
  • Spare fixed blade prop + spare bow thruster prop stored in locker.


  • Linear galley.
  • Glasses and drinks cabinet at the top of step down to galley.
  • White Corian work surfaces
Top opening freezer
  • Cover for cooker
  • Twin sinks with one stowable cover 
  • Front opening fridge (new compressor 2021)
  • Storage cupboards above work surfaces and above and below fridge
  • Stack of drawers below sinks
  • Pan cupboards below sinks
Mug and cup stowage on aft bulkhead
  • Microwave oven.
  • Fully equipped with cutlery, ceramic tableware and diverse kitchen accessories. 

Chart table

  • Large forward-facing chart table with stowage beneath lift-up lid
  • Storage bin to port at low level
  • Electrical panel
  • Stowage beneath chart table seat

Aft cabin

  • Queen size double bed with mattresses on slats
  • Cupboards with shelving to port and starboard.
  • Seats each side of bed with stowage bins beneath + safe under port side seat.
  • Full-length hanging locker to starboard.
  • Cupboard on engine room bulkhead.

Aft heads

  • Jabsco electric marine WC.
  • Wash basin with mixer tap and cupboard below.
  • Cupboard above basin with mirror.
  • Switch for shower pump out.
  • Electric razor socket.
  • Large locker forward of WC with fitted Candy washing machine.
  • Shower cubicle with mixer tap.

Sails, winches, and rigging


  • Masthead cutter rig.
  • Selden mast and boom painted in white Awlgrip (new paint in 2021)
  • Standing and running rigging replaced (2018)
  • 2X Harken manual furlers (2018)
  • Hydraulic in mast mainsail furling system.
  • Lewmar Commander hydraulic System with pump and fluid tank located in engine room.
  • Furuno radar scanner in stainless steel cradle.
  • Solid Selden rod kicker.
  • Running backstays.
  • Spinnaker pole.
  • Anchor light.
  • Masthead tricolour light LED (2018)
  • Deck downlighters under lower spreaders and boom all LED (2018)
  • Windex


  • Mainsail North Sails (2020)
  • Mainsail, UK Halsey (2010) a bit of delamination on top
  • Radial cut Genoa, North Sails (2016)
  • Staysail, North Sails (2016)
  • Cruising Chute in squeezer sleeve, DE Vries.
  • all sails serviced anually since 2020


  • 2X Harken ST58 two speed electric Genoa winches.
  • 2X Harken ST40 two speed manual Staysail winches.
  • 1X Harken ST46 two speed electric Mainsail winch.
  • 2X Harken ST46 two speed manual winches for halyards.
  • spinnaker pole winch on mast

Anchoring, mooring, and Deck equipment

  • Lewmar V series vertical Windlass with replaced motor (2018)
  • Bugel Stainless steel anchor (30KG)
  • 75metres of 10mm stainles steel chain
  • Anchor chain stopper (in front of windlass)
  • Mooring lines.
  • 7x Fenders with new covers (2020)
  • Pumped deck and chain wash at bow.
  • Folding Passarelle.
  • Simpson Lawrence stainless steel davits.
  • Outboard motor bracket.
  • Crane for outboard motor.
  • Upgraded guard wire 5mm with new stainless steel gates port and starboard (2018)
  • Hot and cold transom shower (2020)

Canvas work

  • Bimini (2015)
  • Sprayhood (2016, new perspex windows and zip-down window in the middle 2022)
  • New Leather cover on Steering Wheel 2020

Tender and Outboard

  • Brig Falcon 300, 3m with rigid bottom (2016)
  • New Tohatsu 9,8 hp two stroke outboard engine (2022)

Safety gear

  • Seago 6 person liferaft (next service 11/24)
  • Ocean Signal Epirb 1 (2020)
  • MOB rescue sling (2020)
  • Horseshoe lifebuoy
  • MOB Rescue sail
  • Automated fire extinguisher in engine room
  • 5X fire extinguishers in the boat
  • Bilge pumps throughout
  • Flares
  • Very big “grab bag” with all the essentials (2020 and updated every year)
  • Spare prop
  • Iridium Go Satelite Phone plus external antenna
  • Life lines from front to aft (2020)
  • Cable cutter

Additional inventory

  • 2X dive sets (2X tanks, 2X BCD, 1X regulator)
  • Magma gas grill on aft deck
  • 2X wooden deck chairs and table
  • Complete outfitted Cuttlery + ceramic plates and diverse kitchen accessories (2020-2023)
  • Many tools

Additional Information

  • new antifouling and anodes every year. We have just come out of the yard in Grenada at the end of Nov 2022
  • Original VAT payment documentation
  • Original manuals
  • Many manuals digitally (pdf) as well
  • Service record and list of spare parts
  • Many spare parts



  • New 4Kw Paguro generator (200h)
  • 2X Personal EPIRBS for life jackets
  • 4X new life jackets
  • Handheld ICOM VHF
  • New secondary anchor
  • All new LED lights for interior
  • USB chargers in cockpit (2x) and nav station
  • New bilge pumps (3x)
  • Radar reflector in mast installed
  • New 140ah altenator
  • WIFI NMEA transceiver
  • Prop completely refurbished
  • New upholstery inside (still have originals as well)
  • New cockpit upholstery and many cushions
  • New aft hatch
  • New transmission oil cooler
  • New drive shaft
  • Aquadrive completely refurbished
  • Fuel tank taken out of the boat, cleaned and two inspection hatches installed
  • 2X 300ah 12V LifePo4 (Lithium) house batteries
  • LED dimmer in salon
  • 2X new port engine mounts
  • Air conditioning refitted in aft cabin
  • New exhaust muffler and hose for engine
  • Complete electrical bonding system
  • New iridium external antenna and Iridium Go


  • New heating element for water boiler
  • New fridge compressor
  • New Raymarine GPS 150 antenna
  • Mast, boom, vang, pole, and spreaders repainted in white
  • New North Sails main sail
  • New generator starter battery
  • Refurbishment autopilot gearbox
  • New generator exhaust system
  • 710 Watts (2X 355 Watts LG NeON 355 W monocristaline) of solar installed on stainless steel arch with Victron charger (we rarely need to run the generator on anchor)
  • Extended sun shade sail for when on anchor


  • New packing for shaft
  • Polishing of hull
  • New windows in dodger (zip-down window in the middle)
  • New ventilation in engine room and generator compartment
  • New damper plate for engine
  • New Tohatsu 9.8 hp outboard engine (for dinghy)
  • New automatic fire extinguisher in engine room

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