Zeemuis | 1995 Contest 40S

Grenada, GD

Zeemuis | Contest 40S 40ft

US $120,000

Grenada, GD


Chris Rundlett



*** Seaworthy *** Reliable *** Very Comfortable ***

Meet hull 19 of 32 Contest 40S yachts built between 1993 - 1997 by designer Dick Zeal and Conyplex Boatyard. Contest boats are still being manufactured today as a testament to the quality and dedication of this Dutch family-owned company.

The Contest 40S was built to maintain high speeds in all conditions. Current owner claims cruising speed at 7 knots. This boat started it's life in at the Dusseldorf Boat show. it was lightly used and lovingly stored in a heated shed off-season until 2010 when the current owners bought her.

These second and current owners went cruising around Europe for a few years then they made the jump across the Atlantic in 2014. In the Caribbean, she spent six months sailing and six months stored on the hard. This is an easy boat to sail single or double with most of the lines ran to the cockpit and four winches (two power) accessible within reach of the helm. Because of the stability and seaworthiness of this boat, the owner was able take on monstrous seas with huge waves from the comfort of the cockpit enjoying his favorite book. Imagine!

The center cockpit arrangement allows for a nice deck space aft with two deep lazarettes, a roomy cockpit with a large wheel and folding cockpit table, a windscreen keeps out the weather, and one of my favorite features - the companionway cover has a protected area for paper charts. Now, I know a lot of people don't use paper charts anymore but I find this feature fascinating! There are lots of sails configurations available to tweak the performance of this yacht.

The Dutch craftmanship is stunning down below! The quality and feel of the woodwork is unmatched to todays production boat standards. A U-shaped galley with double sink, tons of storage, deep fridge, custom Contest mugs and an amazing custom cabinet for your glassware. Wow! The saloon screams comfort with barrel style sofas on each side. A folding table graces the middle of the room. This area morphs into a proper crew quarters with lee cloths while underway.

There is a massive owners cabin aft with a large hatch just above the bed for ventilation and star gazing. The en suite bath also has plenty of standing room for a shower and views! The second cabin is forward also with it's own head.

Plenty of custom hand holds everywhere keeping you safe as you travel inside, outside and around the boat. Equipped with numerous safety gadgets including a life raft, inflatable Dan buoy and Jon buoy.

If sailing around the world or just cruising the tropical shores of the Caribbean is on your bucket list, you can't go wrong with this affordable cruising yacht!


  • Length: 40ft
  • Beam: 12' 8"
  • Draft: 32' 9"
  • Year: 1995
  • Hull: Fiberglass
  • Status: Active

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  • Keel: Winged Keel


  • Length Overall: 39.42 ft
  • Max Draft: 32' 9"
  • Beam Measure: 12' 8"


  • Total Power: 64
  • Engine Brand: Volvo Penta
  • Engine Model: MD22A
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 59 hp

  • Total Power: 64
  • Engine Brand: Evenrude
  • Engine Model: Dinghy engine
  • Engine Power: 5 hp


  • Number of heads: 2


  • LOA 39′ 5″
  • LWL 32′ 10″
  • Beam: 12′ 8″
  • Draft: 5′ 7″
  • Bridge clearance: 60′
  • Ballast: 4.8 tonnes
  • Displacement: 11 Tonnes


  • Volvo Penta MD22A 59 HP


  • Fuel: 350 ltrs
  • Water: 500 ltrs
  • Holding: 40 ltrs

General Discription

GRP sailingyacht Contest 40S “Zeemuis” launched Spring 1995, building number 019, built by Conyplex B.V. – Netherlands

  • Design by Dick Zaal, built to Lloyds specifications
  • Lloyds Hull Construction Certificate
  • GRP hull, deck and superstructure
  • Teak decks, teak hand grips on coach roof
  • Rudder in skeg
  • Plexi glass windows in aluminium framing
  • Gebo hatches, mosquito screens
  • Round bilged hull
  • Shallow wing keel
  • ,Fresh water washdown in cockpit
  • Whitlock mechanical wheel steering with cockpit tableE
  • Emergency tiller

Interior Layout and Ammenities

  • Classic teak interior
  • Saloon accommodationsfor two berths
  • Two ensuite cabins, with skylights
  • Webasto heating – water heather DBW 46 with heat exchangers that blow hot air
  • Owners cabin (aft) has doublecenterline berth with standi,ng room, hanging lockers, love seats on each side, stowage
  • Guest cabin with double berth forward, ample stowage, shelves
  • Pressurized water system by Hydrofor
  • Hot water trough boiler (220V and Webasto waterheater)
  • U shaped galled with double stainless steel sinks
  • Extra foot pump in galley
  • Frigomatic fridge with a small freeze compartment
  • Gimbaled three burner gas stove with oven
  • Two gas bottles in separate locker with outboard drainage
  • JVC stereo with CD player
  • Speakers in- and outside


  • Sloop-rigged
  • Harken MKII furling cutter stay
  • Furlex headsail furling system
  • Seldn aluminium double spreader mast
  • Stainless steel standing rigging
  • Sliding ball travelers with 3 reefs
  • Furling genoa II
  • Cutter jib
  • Gennaker with cocoon
  • Sail cover for mainsail
  • Aluminium spi pole
  • Selden boom vang
  • 2x Lewmar 54ST Electric winches
  • 2x Lewmar 44ST w

Engines and systems

  • Volvo Penta MD22A 59 hp (42kW) 4 cylinder diesel engine
  • Indirect cooling system
  • Mechanical gearbox
  • Morse engine control system
  • Racor extra fuelfilter system
  • Cruising speed: approx. 7 knots, consumption: approx. 3,5 ltr/hr
  • Maximum speed: approx. 8 knots
  • Stainless steel propeller shaft – water lubricated with thrust bearing
  • Three bladed fixed propeller
  • Electric bow thruster,
  • 1x electric
  • 1x manual bilge pump
  • 12V/220V, Victron Pallas
  • 12V/50A automatic battery charger
  • Double alternator, shore power with earth leakage breaker
  • Well insulated engine room with easy access


  • Whitlock Polaris 150 compass
  • B&G net work: log
  • Echo sounder
  • Wind set: speed/direction and close hauled
  • Autopilot
  • Yaesu FRG 100 SSB receiver
  • Navtex Target
  • Furuno radar – 36 miles (’99)
  • Raymarine C120 chartplotter with electronic chart and full coleur screen
  • Windex, radar reflector

Additional Information

  • Fixed windscreen
  • Sprayhood
  • Cockpit cover
  • Cockpit table
  • Teak gratings on cockpit seats
  • Deck wash pump fresh water
  • Deck wash pump sea water
  • Safety lines
  • Life line eyes in cockpit
  • 6 persons life raft in bag of 1995 – last inspection 2006 (must be inspected)
  • Small davit for outboard
  • Outboard bracket
  • Electric anchor winch
  • CQR anchor with chain
  • Spare anchor
  • Self draining anchor locker
  • Double railed pulpit
  • Double railed opening push pit
  • Two wired stainless steel sea railing
  • Boarding ladder forward
  • Swimming ladder aft (nicely shaped in boat shape)

Owner’s Notes

Name: ZEEMUIS (Dutch for Sea Mouse)

Purchased in 2010. Sailed her bac to U.K. via Scandinavia, Scotland and Ireland. Sailed her around Atlantic Europe. Several trips across Biblory. Sailed to the Caribbean in 2014 where she has been since. Always stored ashore under cover.

SEASOWORTHYNESS:We have been in some monstrous weather with her with huge waves. Because of her weight and especially because of her keel, I have been able to sit in the cockpit and read a book.

We have continuously tinkered with her and made lots of minor modifications to make her safe and very easy to handle:


  • Butane bottles x 2 (2.75 kgs,
  • Propane: fiberglass bottle 5 kgs


  • Full batten mainsail (~8 years old, 3 reef points, good condition)
  • Genoa (~8 years old, on furler, good condition)
  • Heavy duty staysail
  • Small jib (2nd hand, used poled out as a down wind sail w/ Genoa)
  • Ghoster (Light down-wind or reaching sail similar to a Code 0)


  • Aluminum spinnaker pole at mast
  • 2nd pole at stanchions


  • 2 Lewmar 30 ST winches, front cockpit

BOW THRUSTER – needs servicing, currently not working




  • Lifeguard 4P Forties IAS7 (2012)


  • Spare 55lb, 70 mt 10 mm chain
  • Fortess FX 23, chain and nylon rode
  • American folding storm anchor 70lbs, chain and nylon rode


  • Hydro-vane self-steering control lines led to front of cockpit
  • Rutland 913 windcharger
  • Bilge pumps – 1 cockpit, 1 saloon



  • AB Inflatable (10 years old, in good condition)
  • Lamina 8 UL
  • Aluminum bottom
  • Evenrude 5 HP – approx. 5 years old

ECHOMAY AIS – Receiving only


  • Engine spares
  • Warps
  • Spare ropes
  • Tools
  • Life jackets

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


Chris Rundlettis a former USCG licensed captain with over 30 years experience sailing from the West Coast, East Coast, around the Med and all through the Caribbean. As a broker since 2013, he has extensive knowledge of systems, rigging and build quality. He is the owner of LTD Sailing School and YouTube channel with video walk-through of various boats.



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