About Jorvik Rose
Built to designs by Dick Zaal, JORVIK ROSE is a fantastic example of this extremely well-built Dutch centre-cockpit cruising yacht. Constructed between 1987 and 1999 (when the hull was lengthened to include a bathing platform and renamed the Contest 48CS), the Contest 46 offers a very useful 3-cabin plus saloon layout within her roomy hull. Above decks, she boasts fantastic flush forward and aft deck areas and a deep and secure mid-cockpit. Below the waterline, Dick Zaal has worked his magic with a low draft wing keel and well-protected skegged rudder.
In terms of sail-handling, JORVIK ROSE boasts a Selden inmast furling system complete with a barely used Maxiroach vertically-battened mainsail (unfurled just 4 times since delivery). Maxiroach also provide the genoa which benefits from vertical battens and has the same level of use as the mainsail.
With just one owner since new, JORVIK ROSE has been lovingly maintained and continually upgraded since the egg. With an engineering background, her owner has applied a strict routine of servicing and overhauling to ensure that all of her systems remain fully operational regardless of age. Her joinery down below is quite simply - stunning. Contest has always been fairly close to the top of the tree in terms of cost and quality of build, and one look at JORVIK ROSE, 23yrs after her original launch demonstrates clearly why they cost so much to build and how beautifully they were engineered.
We stumbled upon JORVIK ROSE in August 2013, after waiting several months to see a smaller Contest 43 that had just come back from a circumnavigation. It didn't take us very long to decide that the boat we had waited so long to see was not for us. At this point, Alex (the broker) mentioned that he had a Contest 46 also available for sale. As soon as we set foot into the saloon on JORVIK ROSE, we knew she was for us, and after several years of searching, we had found our future home. We completed her purchase in March 2014 and worked with Robin at Berthon in Lymington to plan the upgrades needed before we launched her. This included:
Replacing all through hull fittings and sea cocks, as well as isolating the core
Replacing and testing the gas lines and fitting a gas alarm
Installation of blackwater holding tanks for forward and aft heads
Cleaning and fairing of hull to keel joint and coppercoating hull
Finally JORVIK ROSE was launched in August 2014 and we had several enjoyable days learning to handle her and enjoying a late summer in the Solent.
Hurst Castle and the Isle of Wight in the distance
Looking back at Hurst point and the castle built by Henry VIII
Sunset at Berthon
Sunset in the Solent
Racing yachts in the Solent
A beautiful summer day