Contest 46 Sailing Yacht



Listing Id 5096966 Length 14.15 Meter
Condition Used Type Sail
Make CONTEST Year 1992
Model Contest 46 Engine Type Volvo TMD 31A
Hull Style Single Hull Type Fibreglass
Stock Number WL110821


1992 Contest 46 Sailing Yacht

This Contest 46 has just come back from sailing the Asia Pacific oceans and is now ready to go again!

Is it possible to find the perfect balance between sailing to your heart’s content and smoothly operating the vessel without having to fret about every single minute detail?

Introducing a one-of-a-kind sailing yacht that does exactly this. The 1992 Contest 46 Sailing Yacht. This is a great yacht with a great story! Everything that you would imagine to be on a SY is alive and present, with the good old-fashioned back to basics practicality element thrown in. ‘Luck of Argent’ is hull number 31 of 55 built between 1987 and 1996.

For over 60 years, Contest yachts have been the go-to choice for avid sailors around the world. Why? They are a great pedigree boat company that is known for creating superb build quality, seaworthy family cruisers that are structurally fit and safely able to sail the world’s oceans. Compliance with full Lloyd's Register HCC is an onerous undertaking, and one gladly undertaken by Contest Yachts with the advantage over others of the most perfect composite structures at the core of every Contest, designed, engineered, and delivered for the safest and most enjoyable performance bluewater sailing.

‘Luck of Argent’ was originally commissioned by a US owner in 1992, sailing out of the Conyplex Shipyard in the Netherlands across the Atlantic Ocean to the East Coast of the US whereby an English gentleman purchased the vessel in 1995. He sailed Luck of Argent through the West Indies and down through the Panama Canal, across the Pacific to French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji, through Indonesia and then eventually finding home in Langkawi and Phuket. Luck of Argent has sailed all around Southeast Asia for many years until it was purchased by the last owner who sailed the boat over 25 000 nautical miles (including 15 000 blue water miles). The last owner lived aboard for over 6 years and sailed around Singapore, east and west coast of Malaysia, Tioman and all the way up the Burmese border and back and then eventually was shipped to Australia (to minimise the wear and tear).

'Luck of Argent' presents in very well-maintained original condition thanks to its meticulous owners. It has operated exceedingly well above expectations. The yacht has been imported into Australia on Feb 2020. 

- Hull repainted Awlgrip 2010

- Teak decks throughout, can be sanded (thickness left 12 to 14mm)

- Tankage: water 400 litres in port tank, diesel approx. 600 litres in main tank (under saloon sole), approx. 300 litres in starboard tank + 10 x 20 litres jerry cans. All inboard tanks are SS with baffles. The main tank has a diesel bug filtering loop.

- Engine: 110hp turbocharged 4-cylinder Volvo Penta diesel, fitted 2001, approx. 2,800 hours, 135aH alternator. Heat exchanger replaced 2017. Twin Racor fuel filters.

- Spares for the engine: alternator, fuel injection pump, injectors, fuel lift pump and lots of consumables (belts, filters, impellers etc…), injection lines, raw water hoses, raw water pump etc… all original Volvo.

- Electrical systems: 7kVA 1,800rpm 110V Mastervolt diesel genset with split exhaust (very quiet) – lots of spares (filters, belts, capacitors, impellers, fuses etc…). Single Racor fuel filter.

240V to 110V voltage converter for shore power

80W solar panel with Mastervolt regulator

Mastervolt battery charger + spare battery charger

Starter battery replaced October 2020, house bank Trojan 5 x 110aH (all 12V)

- Water systems: SeaRecovery 110 US gallons / 24 hours watermaker

SeaGull fresh water filter on galley sink + salt water pump

25-litre water heater (Indel Webasto, replaced 2017)

Air conditioning in saloon and aft cabin

- Propulsion: Hurth 2:1 gearbox (ATF lubricated), 3-blade MaxProp feathering propeller, last disassembled and regreased Oct 2018 (when the propeller shaft was changed – preventative maintenance, nothing wrong with the old one that is still on board as a spare), ShaftShark rope cutter. There is also a spare fixed 3-blade propeller in one of the lazarettes.

- Ground tackle: 40kg SS Rocna on 100 meters of 10mm galvanised chain (spare 30kg Bruce in anchor locker + fisherman’s 40kg and Danforth 10kg on aft deck). Muir Atlantic 2500 windlass.

- Communications & safety: 2 chart plotters (at the nav station and in cockpit), NavTex, AIS, fixed VHF + hand-held, UHF at nav station (needs to be reconnected to backstay antenna and tuner), Iridium Go! Mobile phone satellite hotspot (will need new pre-paid SIM card) with exterior antenna, 1 SART and 2 EPIRBS.

- Rig: original Selden mast and boom, inner forestay and running backstays replaced 2016, all other shrouds & stays replaced 2017, SS wire all with Selden terminals.

- Safety: lifelines replaced 2015 (SS wire with StaLok terminals), 80m Jordan series drogue (never used), dock lines, fenders, lifejackets, bosun’s chair, harness etc… Most lines feed back to the cockpit except the spinnaker halyards and the pole up/downhaul. Mast jammers replaced 2017, most blocks replaced 2015-2017. The in-mast furling has a manual backup with a special winch handle.

- Winches: all manual except the Lewmar 44 behind the mainsheet traveller (spares on board for all), 6 or 7 handles on board at least.

- Sails on board: 110% yankee on Furlex furler and mainsail on in-mast furling (both North Sails, currently fitted), asymmetrical spinnaker in sock with fibreglass funnel, spare yankee, staysail, 2 storm staysails (one on piston hanks and an orange one in 9oz dacron), orange 9oz dacron trysail.

- Antifouling: International Awlcraft ablative, 3 coats black-red-black last done Oct 2018 (the black coat currently visible is still the top one so this should last for some time still)

- Through hull fittings & valves: all Groco bronze through-hulls on backing plates fibreglassed to the hull, replaced 2015.

- Fridges: sea water cooled top-loading Indel Webasto fridge (75 litres approx.) with spare water pump, and 110 litres Waeco (multi-power source: currently wired to 12V but can be plugged to 220V or 110V) with power consumption optimisation.

- Navigation: B&G instruments in cockpit, 2 Autopilots (main B&G last serviced 2019, back-up Simrad), compass on binnacle, Whitlock steering pedestal, rod steering.

- Inclusions: everything on board and on deck, mostly novels – technical boating books are included, that is boat, dinghy, kayak, fishing gear, outboard engine and all tools (electrical and mechanical) and spare parts on board are included.

If you are considering a trip into the blue, you cannot overlook the quality of build, safety and value for money that this yacht has to offer!

Currently berthed in Hope Island, QLD, it is awaiting its’ new owners for more memorable adventures.

This vessel is available for inspections TODAY, please contact Winnie Le on +61 478 828 675 and for all enquiries. 


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