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Contest 31

Sailing cruiser from the year 1973 - 9,3m length - in Hampshire (United Kingdom)

Sailing cruiser used

13.976 €

Advertiser's comments

Contest 31 Built 1973, Solid, safe, dependable, sea-keeping cruiser that was designed to be able to handle herself comfortably in all weathers. Thoughtfully designed by Uus van Essen and built by the renowned Conyplex yard in Holland in 1973 she is in rare company for her age and size as having wheel steering. She has been in the current ownership since 2013 and has enjoyed upgrades including new standing rigging (2015), repainted deck and topsides (2014), roller-reefing and lazy jacks (2013), sprayhood (2015) integrated autopilot (2016), new genoa (2017), and hot water calorifier (2017) among other things. She is only on the market as the owners are upgrading to a slightly bigger Contest. For this reason, she has been priced to sell. £12,500

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Features of Contest 31:

Basic data

  • Type: Sailing cruiser

  • Year : 1973

  • Length: 9.3 m

  • Location: Hampshire (United Kingdom)

  • Name: -

  • Flag: -

  • Shipyard: Contest

  • Material: Fibreglass


  • Beam: 2.79 m

  • Draft: 1.35 m

  • Ballast: -

  • Displacement: 4763 Kg


  • Maximum number of passengers: -

  • Cabins: -

  • Berths: -

  • Heads: -

  • Water capacity: -


  • Number of engines: 1

  • Power: 20 HP

  • Fuel capacity: -

  • Motor type : Inboard

  • Fuel type : Diesel

  • Make of the motor: Lombardini 702

  • Engine usage (hours): 566

This Sailing cruiser's equipment


Navy blue GRP body
White GRP deck with blue nonslip
White GRP superstructure with blue nonslip
Fin keel
Skeg hung rudder
Aft cockpit
Wheel navigation


Lombardini 702 20hp, installed fresh in 2004,
Engine hours 566
Last serviced January 2019
Shaft navigate to Bruntons folding prop
Cruising velocity 5kts, max velocity 6kts


12v DC on board voltage
12v Domestic charger 2018
12v Engine charger 2010
Victron BMV702 Volt metre (2016)


150ltrs Water basin
80ltrs Fuel seating


Sleeps 3 in 2 cabins plus 1 in bar
Forward double V-dock
Single bar dock
Lee boards on all docks
Dark wood inside joinery
Blue bar cushioning
Cream bedding cushioning
Heads between bar and forecabin with Jabsco W/C


Nelson cooker with oven, 2 burners and grill
Hot water calorifier (2017)
Stainless steel sink
Integral cold box
Pioneer DEH-236 CD and radio


16kg CQR mainstay with 27.4m/90ft of 3/8 chain
8kg Grapnel kedge mainstay
NASA Masthead LED mainstay beam/tricolour (2014)
Spreader deck illumination
Outboard bracket
Stainless steel boarding ladder
Various warps and fenders
Boat hook
Ensign & staff


Sestrel binnacle navigation compass with beam
Garmin 128 GPS (with link to autopilot. 2003)
Raymarine wheel navigation autopilot (2016)
Seafarer 701 profundity sounder with repeater in cockpit
NASA Clipper windvelocity/direction
NASA Target Navtex
NASA Masthead LED mainstay beam/tricolour (2014)
Windex windvane
Uniden MC6700 VHF radio with telephone and cockpit speaker


Manual whale bilge pump
Emergency tiller
Fire extinguishers (require a service)
1kg Automatic fire extinguisher in engine bay (2013)
2 x Harnesses
Fire blanket
Dan buoy
Life ring and beam
Emergency VHF aerial
The quality or level of safety machinery on board is not to be negotiated on following survey. It is likely to be listed by most surveyors but is not structural or an integral working part of the vessel and is not to be pre-owned to further negotiate the price down after survey. We strongly suggest that for your own personal safety that when purchasing a yacht you provide fresh safety machinery rather than relying on second hand gear.
Should you become the fresh proprietor of this yacht then the responsibility to re-register or update official bodies for items such as EPIRB, VHF, MMSI or AIS becomes yours.

The Company deals the details of this boat in good faith, in this case we are acting as Brokers only.  Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The particulars are intended only as a guide and they do not constitute a term of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at his own 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 boat is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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