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Contest 44CS - SOLD

£249,950 GBP

Handsome Deck Saloon Yacht - Blue Water Equipped

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Lying: United Kingdom

General Information

Manufacturer / modelContest 44CS - SOLD
NameCara of Bute
New or usedUsed
Price£249,950 GBP
Tax / VAT statusPaid / included
Price commentHandsome Deck Saloon Yacht - Blue Water Equipped
LyingHamble, United Kingdom


Length overall13.50 m
Length waterline11.60 m
Beam4.10 m
Draft2.10 m
Displacement13,500 kg
KeelBulb keel


Contest 44CS For Sale

Sorry, unfortunately this yacht is now SOLD

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Just back in the UK from Antigua by yacht transporter, Cara is now in the Hamble and ready for inspection.

The Contest 44CS is a high quality and handsome deck saloon yacht from the renowned Conyplex Contest yard. Exceptionally spacious and with a beautifully finished interior, the craftsmanship in the build and attention to detail creates a particularly comfortable living environment.

Not only is she luxurious down below but she has excellent upwind and reaching performance and can be comfortably handled by just two. Her seakindly characteristics and sharp performance combine to make her a compelling cruising yacht.

This example is well equipped for Blue Water and she was re-fitted in 2017 and 2018/2019 to include the following:

New standing Rigging (2017/18)
New suit of sails from Saturn with Hybrid Pro Dacron fabric
Main, 130% genoa and Storm jib, plus duplicate lightweight down wind genoa for downwind sailing with both furled on Furlex at forestay
New Raymarine instrument package
New Quantum radar
Spare Icon VHF fitted (2012) along with Simrad RS87 main unit.
New AIS 650 Raymarine plussplitter and new Raymarine e series plotter.
Furuno Navtex 300 NX unit. (2018)
New Hydrovane
Spectra watermaker refitted with all new seals and commissioned
Refurb and re-caulk of the teak decks.
New Domestic batteries 5x95Ah
New Balmar 150Ah alternator
3 new leacloths
New Furlex inner forestay for storm Jib
New Lewmar hatches for all deck opening hatches x6
5x New seacocks
New simpson Lawrence windlass motor and windlass refurbished
New Force 10, 3 burner stove
Removed and steam cleaned Diesel tank with new inspection hatch.
New double switch over Primary fuel filter system
New 6 man ISO 9650 life raft - next service 2021
Duogen 2 sent off for total refurb and refitted with new Duogen3 pole and bracket
Engine major service and injectors and turbos removed and tested refitted.
Propane gas storage increased to allow 9.6 kg bottles in gas locker
New Mcmurdo Epirb
All-new LED lights internal and tricolour etc
New Freezer Frigoboat and Fridge service
New spare Diesel emergency tank by Tek Tanks, 85 litres with pump
Iridium Pilot fitted
New solar panel regulator
New Smart Guage battery monitor
New Cutlass bearing
New emergency tiller access.

Lying Hamble. Contact John Rodriguez Yachts

Boat Name: Cara of Bute

Make & Model: Contest 44CS

Year: 2004/5

Hull Material: GRP

Keel Type: Fin

Length Overall: 13.4m

Length Over Waterline: 11.6m

Beam: 4.1m

Draft: 2.1m

Displacement: 13.5 (Gross tonnage 17.3)

Fuel Tankage: 314l (Plus Tek Tank emergency extra tank of 85l)

Water Tankage: 500l

Engine Make and Model: Yanmar 4JH3-HTE

Engine HP: 100

Engine Hours: Approx 1800

Date Last Engine Service: Aug 2020

Sail Drive or Shaft Drive: Shaft

Age of Standing Rigging: 2017/18

Date Last Antifouled: Sept 2019


Number of Sleeping Cabins (Excluding Saloon): 2

Number of Double Berths (Excluding Saloon): 2 with fore cabin in-fill

Number of Single Berths in Saloon: 1 x saloon with lee cloth

Does Saloon Convert to a Double: No

Number of Heads: 2
Aft head is electric saltwater flush with 50L holding tank, De-scaled 2019

Galley Equipment:
New Force 10, 3 Burner Stove (Currently on Propane)
Large upright fridge
New Frigoboat freezer 2019
Gas isolator solenoid switch

Additional Accommodation Summary Notes:

Beautiful handcrafted teak interior with lots of daylight. Galley with Corian worktop, ensuite large washrooms with both separate forward and aft shower cubicles with separate drainage. All LED light fittings throughout 2018. New Ocean Air black out/mosquito blinds in fore cabin and aft 2018. All Lewmar deck hatches replaced 2017. Multiple opening GEBO ports. Webasto fan assisted central heating plus hot water (40l calorifier)



New Main and Genoa by Saturn Sails 2018/19 in Hybrid Pro Dacron
The main is a fully Battened 3 Reef main, with deep 3rd reef
Additional 130% light weight downwind Genoa
Storm Jib
De Vries Cruising Chute with Snuffer


Selden mast with spinnaker pole on mast track.
Standing rigging all replaced (2017/2018) and cutter stay with furler added
Isolated Backstay for SSB
75% of all rope running rigging replaced with new in 2018/19 for ARC
De Vries Spray hood and stack pack in excellent condition 2014


All Anderson SS winches
2x electric 52 genoa winches
2x manual 47 spinnaker winches
2x Halyard 47 and 1x Vang winch


Lewmar windlass, reconditioned in full with new motor by Lewmar in 2017
70m x10 mm Anchor Chain
1x Rocna 33
1x 16Kg Delta


10 hp Sleipner 24V Bow Thruster
3 blade feathering Max prop 22” with spare 3 blade fixed prop
Rope Cutter


5x new 95Ah batteries 2017
Victron Phoenix charger/inverter 2kw/100A/12v-220v
Balmar 150A Alternator new 2017
220V Shore power with numerous UK sockets


Duogen 2 Water/Wind Generator. Full re-condition by Duogen in 2018
(This was absolutely brilliant in water mode and we arrived St Lucia with ‘Full’ batteries despite fridge/freezer and instruments plus water maker 2 hours per day and no engine!)
X4 Solar Panels on Bimini
New Solar Power Regulator 2019


New Raymarine package in 2018
4 KW Quantum Radar
x4 i50 instruments on companionway
x2 i70 instruments on companionway and binnacle
1x older ST60 repeater at chart table
New e120 plotter with AIS 650 transceiver
New log and depth transducer
Furuno 300NX Navtex
Smart Gauge battery monitor 2019
Simrad RS87 DSC 2 stations with deck speaker
ICOM 504 as spare
Raymarine ST7001 Auto Pilot
Iridium Pilot Sat communication for email and phone 2019


JVC CD/MP3/Radio with 2 speakers saloon, 2x Deck (waterproof)


Spectra 12V 26l/hr Watermaker (2006) Fully re conditioned with new O rings and all new seals. Included is a spare 12v pump if required
This performed faultlessly for 5000 miles sailing with it on for 2 hours per day.
New Hydrovane (2018)


Numerous deck items such as 2 life slings/floats and Danbuoy kit
New 6-man life raft. Ocean Safety ISO 9650 serviced until sept 2021
Mcmurdo Smartfind EPIRB 406 /121 new 2018
Jackstays new 2018
Replaced Primary fuel filter system with dual switch Vetus 330VTE easy replace cartridges with numerous spares (2017)
Emergency VHF aerial
New Deck access for emergency tiller/steering
Steering is all rod - no cables for reliability

General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as life rafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner’s specific needs


New Cutlass bearing 2019
Teak Decks completely refurbed and re-caulked by Contest in 2017
Diesel tank removed/cleaned and new inspection hatch fitted by Contest 2017


We were looking for a well-built modern yacht that would take up to four of us blue water cruising with the intention of doing the ARC in 2019 which we did last year. We were lucky to see her at the Contest Yard and fell in love with her space, looks and exceptionally high quality fit out.
She sails fast with ease and is fantastically comfortable down below in any sea, to be honest unlike our last boats you can’t really tell what’s going on unless you come up top to take over your watch!

We invested a lot into her to take part in the ARC Plus, and loved it, but with family circumstances and the COVID crisis it means we have to change tack with her earlier than anticipated and let someone else enjoy her capabilities. We will miss her and are not sure we will ever get as good a boat back that could look after us as well as Cara. It was not our intention to part with her so soon. Life!

For the crossing with three, she took all the stores we needed, including an extra 1000 litres of bottled water, plus spares and enough food to keep us going for a month.

Her kit, all of it, never let us down except for a broken shower drain pump on the entire trip. Our water maker was excellent and although that model is a little noisy, I would not hesitate to buy the same again. The power generation was fantastic, we never had a need to run her engine for charging at all, the Duogen was fabulous and the Hydrovane was always foolproof.

We have also installed under the port side locker a spare diesel tank with 85 litre capacity, complete with separate fuel filler and pump to give an increased motoring range of approx 500 miles. She cruises at 5 knots at 1800 rpm at about 3-3.5 l/h. Her max speed under engine is approx 7-8 knots.

We hope Cara's new owners will value her and enjoy her as much as we have.

Lying: Hamble UK

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