44' 3" (13.49m)

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2002 44' 3" CONTEST Cruising Sailboat Contest 44CS Lymington United Kingdom
($333,129 GBP est.) £239,500 GBP

The 2002 44' 3" CONTEST Contest 44CS Cruising Sailboat TRUMPETER is a sail boat for sale located in Lymington, United Kingdom.

Still in her first ownership, this is a well-loved and well-maintained example of the hugely capable Contest 44CS centre cockpit cruising yacht. Fully equipped for whatever adventure you choose - she is the last word in sea keeping and comfort below decks. Fully serviced, recent sails, rigging, batteries and electronics. She is good to go.

Contact the yacht broker to receive more information or schedule a showing of this 2002 44' 3" CONTEST Contest 44CS Cruising Sailboat TRUMPETER yacht for sale in Lymington, United Kingdom today!

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LENGTH 44' 3" (13.49m)
ASKING PRICE ($333,129 GBP est.) £239,500 GBP
BUILT 2002
BEAM 13' 5" (4.09m)
LOCATION Lymington, United Kingdom
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RCD Status: The yacht conforms to the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC or RCDII (2013/53/EU as appropriate (Recreational Craft Directive) and is categorised A – “Ocean”. Contest Yachts are also delivered with Lloyd’s Certificate of Hull Construction.


Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:

  • GRP vacuum-injected hull with laminated transverse and longitudinal reinforcements, engine-foundation and to the hull laminated bulkheads.
  • The hull laminate is constructed of GRP resin, chopped strand mat (CSM) and woven roving (WR) with an extra anti-osmosis layer of resin and an insulated end-grain balsa wood sandwich.
  • The hull is finished in standard white Awlgrip and painted dark blue AWLGRIP stripe, sheer stripe and double waterline.
  • Substantial teak rubbing strake with stainless steel rub-strip.
  • The deck & superstructure construction consists of GRP vacuum-injected deck with laminated foam profiles, with a  laminate constructed of GRP resin, chopped strand mat (CSM) and woven roving (WR) with end-grain balsa wood sandwich, and solid GRP laminate in way of all deck fittings.
  • The deck & superstructure is finished in standard white Contest gelcoat.
  • The hull to deck join is achieved by way of bolts and then laminated.
  • 12mm teak laid decking is fitted to the side decks, coachroof, toerail capping, and bathing platform with screws and sealant.
  • Scoop transom with integral steps.
  • Self-draining cockpit with life raft stowage and teak on cockpit sole and teak on seats.

Keel & Rudder:

  • Cast iron fin keel externally bolted with acid resistant stainless steel bolts.
  • GRP rudder blade with aluminum rudder shaft, full skeg protection.


Engine & Gearboxes:

  • 1 x Yanmar 4JH3, 100hp. 4-cylinder turbo-charged marine diesel engine.
  • Reduction gearbox with flexible coupling to shaft.
  • Fresh water cooling via raw water intake and heat exchanger.
  • Separ KWA-50 fuel/water separator.
  • 12vDC engine room blower.
  • Single lever throttle control on steering pedestal.
  • Engine control panel in cockpit with rev counter, oil pressure, water temperature and charge alarms.


Maintenance & Performance:

  • Engine hours: Approximately 2499 hours as of August 2020.
  • Engine serviced June 2020.


Propulsion & Steering:

  • Whitlock steering pedestal in GRP reinforced polyester with hide covered stainless steel wheel.
  • Whitlock Mamba rod-linkage steering.
  • Emergency steering on rudderpost by tiller.
  • Sleipner 10hp bowthruster.
  • 3-bladed Maxprop propeller.
  • Spare fixed propeller.

Electrical Systems

Voltage Systems:

  • 12VDC domestic systems with 230vAC from shore power or generator.
  • 12vDC sockets at chart table and cockpit.


Battery Banks:

  • 2 x 85amp start batteries engine and generator (gel), also service bow thruster.
  • 4 x main Mastervolt AGM Batteries, (synthetic gel) giving 520amp 2015.


Battery Chargers / Inverter:

  • Victron Multi Plus battery charger with integrated inverter and control at DC panel. 12v /300w/120-16amp.
  • Victron charge limiter control at DC panel.



  • Engine 12vDC alternator.
  • 2nd Mastervolt 90amp alternator 2015.



  • 3.5kva HFL diesel generator.
  • Last serviced June 2020.
  • Approx. 285 hours.
  • 2 x Solar panels 48W in total.


Shore Power:

  • 230vAC shore power system with cable.
  • 230vAC sockets within cabin areas.

Plumbing Systems

Fresh Water & Water Heating System:

  • Pressurised fresh water system via 12vDC pressure pump.
  • Hot water generated by engine-driven calorifier in Isotemp stainless steel 40 litres hot water tank, via 230vAC 750w immersion heater element.



  • Spectra watermaker.


Bilge Pumps:

  • Manual bilge pump.
  • 2x 12vDC electric bilge pumps.



  • Showers discharge via 12vDC pumps.
  • Grey water discharges overboard.
  • Blackwater discharges overboard or to holding tanks.


Other plumbing:

  • Pressurised freshwater transom shower.
  • Pressurised salt water deck wash at bow.



  • 315 litres in 1 x stainless steel tank.
  • Tank level meter at DC panel.


Fresh water:

  • 500 litres in 2 x plastic tanks.
  • Tank level meter at DC panel.


Blackwater holding tanks:

  • 2 x Plastic black water holding tanks fore and aft toilets.

Navigation Equipment

In cockpit:

  • Raymarine ST7000 autopilot with remote control.
  • Raymarine ST60 Wind, Wind CH Speed and Depth, Multi displays.
  • Suunto steering compass on binnacle.


At Chart table:

  • Raymarine C120W widescreen 12” colour chart plotter with Raystar GPS receiver and AIS – 2015.
  • Raymarine ST60 multi repeater display.
  • Furuno navtex system.
  • Clock & barometer.


Communications Equipment:

  • Raymarine 260 DSC VHF with command mic 2015 x 2 one above one below decks
  • 2 x external speakers nav. station cockpit.
  • Target MF/HF receiver.

Domestic Equipment


  • Twin stainless steel sinks with thermostatic hot & cold pressurised supply.
  • Force 10 gimballed 2-burner gas cooker with oven & grill.
  • Front opening 100 litre Frigonautica 12vDC refrigerator.
  • Top opening 12vDC deep freeze (can also be used as a fridge) with temperature gauge.
  • Contest crockery.
  • Cocktail cabinet glassware.



  • 2 x Sanimarin electric marine heads in heads.
  • Showers in both heads compartments.
  • Transom shower.


Heating & Ventilation:

  • Coolmax Air-conditioning in the saloon.
  • Webasto diesel hot air heating.
  • Hella 12vDC fans throughout interior.
  • Opening deckhead hatches throughout plus opening sideports.
  • Mosquito and Oceanair blinds on hatches.



  • JVC Radio with CD.



  • Deckhead mounted lights throughout largely LED.
  • Reading lights in accommodation cabins.
  • Chart lamp in navigation area.


Summary of Accommodation:

  • Two double cabins plus Saloon converts to double.
  • All berths including saloon bunks may be fitted with lee cloths or lee-boards.
  • Teak joinery throughout.
  • White Corian counters in galley and heads.
  • Red striped cloth upholstery in saloon and accommodation cabins – 2005.
  • Red cloth upholstery for bunk mattresses in forward and aft cabins.
  • Teak & holly soleboards.
  • White vinyl headlinings to deckhead.
  • White cloth curtains for side-ports.
  • Skyscreens for opening deckhead hatches with mosquito nets.
  • Spung slatted base for aft berth.


Description of layout:


Forward cabin:

  • Large v-berth with infill to create comfortable double. Lee-cloths beneath mattresses to allow for usage at sea. Stowage beneath bunks. Large hanging locker, cupboard with shelves and further stowage. Access to ensuite heads.


Forward Heads:

  • Electric marine heads, sink with pressurised hot & cold water supply. Shower stall with thermostatically controlled shower. Teak grating. Cupboard and mirror.



  • U-shaped settee to starboard with stowage beneath, outboard and above. Extendable table Settee to port and starboard with stowage beneath, outboard and above.
  • Clock and barometer.


Chart Table:

  • Forward facing chart table with chart stowage beneath to port. Space for navigation instruments. AC/DC panel. Stowage beneath chart seat. Lockers for pilot books and wet hanging locker forward of chart seat.



  • Linear galley in walkthrough to aft cabin with L-shaped counter at forward end to port. Two stainless steel sinks, each with Corian surfaces. Gimballed force 10 3 burner gas stove with Corian cover. Top opening fridge/freezer and front opening fridge. Ample stowage in lockers, cupboards, drawers and shelves. Engine access inboard.


Aft Cabin:

  • Large centerline double berth with split mattresses. Hanging locker to starboard. Large cupboard with shelving to port & starboard. Seating to port and starboard and extensive further stowage in lockers, cupboards, drawers and shelves.


Aft Heads:

  • Electric marine heads with holding tank. Sink with pressurised hot & cold water supply. Cupboards. Mirror. Dedicated shower cubicle with thermostatic hot & cold water supply. Teak gratings.

Deck Equipment


  • Sloop rigged Selden silver-anodised aluminium alloy spars.
  • Deck-stepped mast-head-rigged spar with 2 sets of spreaders.
  • Selden rod-kicker with gas-ram adjustment.
  • Reckman RS 2000 genoa furler.
  • Removable Cutter inner forestay for staysail.
  • Checkstays.
  • Stainless steel wire standing rigging – 2017.
  • Manually adjustable backstay.
  • Fully-battened mainsail system with Selden RCB ball-bearing battencar system on track.
  • Lewmar mainsheet system with adjustable track aft of cockpit.
  • Lewmar Ocean Grey series deck gear with towable genoa cars.
  • Selden aluminium alloy spinnaker pole vertically mast-mounted with adjustable track.



  • 2 x primary electric winches, 2-speed.
  • 2 x manual winches, 2-speed.



  • Quantum fully battened main sail 2012.
  • Quantum Genoa 2013.
  • Dacron stay sail 2002.
  • Cruising Chute with snuffer 2002.



  • Stainless pulpit and pushpit.
  • Mid ship gates.
  • Bow stern and mid ship cleats.
  • Stainless steel boarding ladder with teak steps.
  • Passarelle.
  • Drinks holders at companionway.
  • Lockers port and starboard on transom.
  • Bow locker.
  • Pushpit seat folding x 2.


Anchoring & Mooring Equipment:

  • Lofrans windlass.
  • Delta anchor with 70m galvanised chain.
  • Kedge anchor.
  • Fenders & warps.


Covers, Canvas & Cushions:

  • Sprayhood on stainless steel frame 2015.
  • Cockpit tent enclosure.
  • Bimini 2015.
  • Overall winter cover 2015.


Safety Equipment:

  • McMurdo 406 Epirb.
  • Zodiac 4-man canister liferaft, last serviced June 2020.
  • 2x Horseshoe buoys with lights.
  • Jonbouy danbuoy.
  • Webbing jackstays.
  • Harness padeyes in cockpit.


Fire-fighting equipment:

  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire blanket at galley.

History of Contest Yachts

Contest Yachts was founded in 1959 by Ed Conijn, who rightly identified a clear market niche in the Netherlands for building first class boats from the latest generation of polyester materials. The first product was an open two-man leeboard boat called the Flying Dutchman, an instant success that served as the basis for the racing class of the same name. Over 600 examples of this enormously popular yacht were eventually built, giving an incredible foundation to Contest Yachts.


Ed Conijn’s next brainwave was to recognise and respond to demands for a fast cockpit sailboat. The first Contest 25 ushered in an era of series builds in Holland. Other new designs such as the Contest 27, 29 and 31 HT were unveiled during the 1960s and 70s as the yard became known well beyond the Dutch borders for its passion for innovation. Under the guidance of Ed’s son, Fritz Conijn, Contest grew into a yacht builder of global stature. Key highlights include the first yacht without an aft deck area, the Contest 33, which also broke new ground by replacing the helm with a steering wheel. Then there was the Dick Zaal-designed Contest 31HT, over 250 of which were sold.


After the victory of Australia in the 1983 America's Cup, Piet van Oosanen, designer of her winged keel, worked closely with Contest to enhance keel configurations and hydrodynamics. As the emphasis shifted from series builds to semi-custom yachts in the 1980s, Contest called in designers such as Georg Nissen and Doug Peterson. Smart teamwork has continued to be a hallmark of the Contest success story ever since as we work with many leading suppliers and create a range of exceptional interiors with wetzels brown partners.


The turn of the millennium saw the third generation of the family take the wheel as Arjen Conijn succeeded his father. Arjen decided to further increase the emphasis on performance and design, with all the yard’s range enjoying a makeover. Very much an evolution rather than a revolution, this process has been coupled with a string of new models in recent years.

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Alan McIlroy
Berthon International
The Shipyard Lymington, SO41 3YL United Kingdom

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