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Truly mind-boggling bluewater spec jam-packed into the epic build quality and seakeeping of a Contest hull. Just finishing her circumnavigation and hungry for more adventures. Just check out the kit and then the price - 2013's biggest bargain by far!
|Beam||13 ft 2 in||Draft Board/Drive Up||5 ft 8 in|
|Engine Make||Volvo||Engine Model||TMD31B|
|Length at Waterline||36 ft 3 in||Length Overall||42 ft 7 in|
|Number of Heads||2||Number of Berths||6|
|Number of Engines||1|
Fitted out for serious bluewater sailing, JJ MOON has taken her current owners around the world in safety and comfort. Extensively updated in recent years to include everything from generator, solar panels, wind generator, watermaker, Hydrovane self-steering gear, bowthruster, electric sheet winches, SSB, satellite communications, AIS and radar/plotters, she is truly complete.
Priced sensibly for the current market. JJ MOON is the perfect ‘turn key’ option for anyone looking towards Med’-based cruising, the ARC or any similar big adventure.
Overall Measured Length: 43’10” inc. 1’6” w/vane & 1’3” anchor; beam 13’2”
RCD Status: As a yacht constructed and placed in use within EU waters before the 16th June 1998, it is our understanding that she is therefore exempt from the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive)
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Note: An extensive on board spares package will be supplied with the yacht.
Following retirement in 2002 we bought JJ Moon to cruise in the Mediterranean. She was a fairly standard 43 so we installed two generous sized holding tanks, a generator, isolation transformer and bimini. She was well suited to the role and we had three very happy years in the eastern Med. based in Turkey. Highlights included the Eastern Mediterranean Yacht Rally in 2004 and a cruise via Croatia to Venice in 2005. Then we met three couples just completing circumnavigations who persuaded us to consider venturing further afield. We realised we had the right boat for the purpose and hoped we had the necessary skills. We converted one of the two water tanks to fuel, installed a water maker and added a Hydrovane self-steering gear as back-up for the autopilot. We sailed from the Canaries on December 31, 2006 and have enjoyed the voyage increasingly ever since. Highlights have included transitting the Panama canal, French Polynesia, two very successful six-month periods in New Zealand and a lengthy spell in Malaysia and Thailand. Thanks to the wretched Somali pirates we returned via the Cape of Good Hope rather than the Red Sea as intended. We probably enjoyed the route more.
JJ Moon has been a comfortable home and a pleasure to own. She sails a little better than many of her solidly built cruising contemporaries and is relatively steady in heavy weather; easy to handle from the sheltered security of the cockpit. Our electric primaries and genoa furling winch make light work of the sheets and foresail reefing. In a three-day gale coming north from New Zealand we plugged on slowly to windward when larger boats were hove-to. The big engine has frequently been useful as has the moderate draft afforded by the wing keel. We have kept her up-to-date, always seeking to replace gear with the best available, and made improvements when opportunities arose. We recently raised the height of the stanchions and guardrails by about 10 cms and extended the solid rails to forward of the cockpit – agreed to be one of the best things we have done. We have tried to arrange things so that if a piece of equipment should fail there is always another that can serve the same or similar purpose.
I can honestly say that in the 10 years since we bought JJ Moon I have not seen, within our budget, another boat that would have suited our purposes so well.
With regret, now that our circumnavigation is nearly complete, we reckon our blue water cruising days are over. We shall down-size, perhaps (whisper it quietly!) to a small motor boat.
Those looking for a capable, large family cruiser or a substantial retirement cruising home will probably find this new model from Dutch builders, Conyplex, on their short list.
The 43 is the second of a new generation of yachts from this yard. While retaining the virtues of a seakindly, heavy displacement hull and spacious, solidly built interior, the company have set out to add better performance, a lighter, more modern interior and a softer, smoother appearance.
…We tested the Contest in a light to moderate 10-14 knot breeze and a smooth sea, which seemed to suit her well.
We bore away on to a close reach in 10 knots of wind true (12 knots apparent) when she made 7 knots. She handled easily and the long winged keel kept her tracking steadily.
Coming on the wind, 10 knots true turned into an apparent strength of 16 knots. Boatspeed held up to 6.5 knots, a very acceptable figure for a yacht of her configuration. More to the point, she maintained a heading of on or just under 30 degrees to the wind.
…She was a very easy yacht to keep footing once you had a feel for her… clearly the hull form is well balanced, even at angles of heel up to 30 degrees.
…In design and construction the Contest 43 is unquestionably a powerful offshore, even deep-sea yacht. The galley and chart table score full marks in this respect, as does the arrangement of the seaberths in the saloon.
…On deck too, she scores well, with easily worked decks, a secure cockpit and rig which could be made very manageable by a small crew.
Once again Conyplex have produced an impressive boat in the pure cruising mould. It may be that her performance and handling will be a bit too steady for the those looking for fast weekend sprints, but across seas and oceans she will have the long legged, easy gait which delights offshore sailors… The interior delights the eye and is practical too.
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.
The launch of the Contest 62CS in 2008 typified the yard’s commitment to a no-compromise approach to high quality and craftsmanship, and has more recently been followed up by the even larger 72CS. With a brand-new 42-footer in the pipeline and the first ever Contest motoryacht under construction, the Contest family is set to broaden even further in its scope.
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