1985 36' Contest 36S

Rock Hall, MD



The Dutch have been building safe, secure, seagoing vessels for decades and the Contest 36S is a fine example of that trait. The Contest 36S is a substantial, aft-cockpit cruising yacht with high topsides and semi-flush decks that keep you safe and dry above while making for ample living space below.

Odoya has spent the past four years cruising the East Coast, the Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean. She's been outfitted and updated for cruising and living aboard so she's ready to take you wherever you want to go. Odoya is reliable, her maintenance is up to date and she is very well equipped.

Exceptional Dutch Craftsmanship in a Serious Cruising Yacht

The Contest 36S was designed by Dick Zaal and built by Conyplex B.V. of Holland to combine the performance of a racer with the comfort required by cruisers and liveaboards. There's the 7/8 fractional rig for performance, the wing keel for shallow draft, good headroom and space for livability below and, in the case of Odoya, NO teak decks ever.

And since Odoya has been cruising for the past four years, she's had all the upgrades and additions needed to make cruising fun, fast and comfortable. In recent years she's received:

  • NEW engine
  • NEW standing and running rigging
  • NEW steering
  • NEW refrigeration
  • NEW batteries
  • NEW spinnaker
  • NEW roller furler
  • NEW watermaker
  • NEW windlass
  • NEW life raft

About all you'd need to go cruising yourself is you...and whatever else you want to take along. If you're serious about sailing away, you owe it to yourself to check out this exceptionally well-built cruising yacht.


  • Model36S
  • Model Year1985
  • DesignerDick Zaal
  • LOA35.83 ft
  • Beam11.67 ft
  • Engines Total Power39 hp
  • Number of Engines1
  • Engine BrandYanmar
  • Engine Model3JH4E
  • Engine TypeInboard
  • Engine Power39 horsepower
  • Engine Fuel Typediesel
  • Cruising Speed6.5 kn
  • Maximum Speed7.2 kn
  • Fresh Water Tanks105 gallon
  • Fuel Tanks40 gallon
  • Holding Tanks20 gallon
Sails, Rigging and Winches

The Contest 36S sloop was produced with the powerful Selden 7/8 Rig, anodized aluminum mast and boom with internal halyards, single spreaders and a single-point chainplate system. The standing rigging is comprised of heavy-duty 10mm stainless steel wire (new in 2012 by Sound Rigging in Connecticut). The mast is set up for internal halyards for the main, two (2) genoa / jib and two (2) for the spinnaker and the spinnaker pole topping lift. There are two (2) folding steps at the lower section of the mast to facilitate reaching the mainsail halyard tack attachment and setting reefs.


  • Mainsail, Dacron (new, 2005-06) w/ three (3) reef points and "MACK PACK" sail stowage
  • 150% #1 Genoa, Dacron (new, 2005-06)
  • 115% #3 Genoa, Dacron with UV protection
  • Storm jib Dacron
  • Mainsail, Dacron (original)
  • Spinnaker, symmetrical North Sails with sock (new)
  • Anchor steadying sail


  • HARKEN MK 4 Unit 2 Cruise Furler roller-furling (new in 2012 by Sound Rigging)
  • Manual boom vang, block-and-tackle
  • Backstay adjuster, block-and-tackle (for fractional rig)
  • Inner forestay w/ quick-release mechanism
  • Running backstays (for offshore usage)

Winches (ENKES & HARKEN)

  • Two (2) E26 ASC primary genoa, self-tailing, two-speed, aluminum
  • One (1) E22 ASC main halyard with three (3) reef points, self-tailing, two-speed, aluminum, mounted on the starboard coachroof, aft
  • One (1) E18 A Genoa Halyard / Topping Lift / (1) Reef, aluminum, mounted on the port coachroof, aft
  • HARKEN #8, aluminum and mounted on the mast for spare halyard

The aft cabin berth measures an astounding 6' 5" square. Three (3) windows bring in a ton of natural light. There's a 12-volt fan for ventilation and six (6) closets for storage. It's a very comfortable cabin for a couple.

The forward cabin is a V-berth with a big hatch overhead and a fan to provide good ventilation. There's a custom FROLICH mattress support system for the V-berth cushions.

The saloon accommodates three, one in the port sofa and two in the starboard sofa. And there's lots of storage space for cruising.

All cabin soles are varnished with a gloss finish.

  • Refrigerator: ADLER-BARBOUR ColdMachine 12 VDC (new 2015)
  • 3-burner Stove/Oven: TECHIMPEX gimballed stainless
  • Safety bar for oven, stainless steel
  • Propane tank, 10-pounds aluminum
  • Electric remote propane solenoid shut-off switch
  • Pressure hot and cold water service at the galley sinks
  • Saltwater foot pump w/ spigot at galley sink
  • NATURE PURE "Sea Gull" freshwater filter w/ spigot at galley sink
  • Custom galleyware including dishes and service
  • Good space for food storage
  • VHF, ICOM M502 (new in 2012) w/ masthead antenna
  • SSB, ICOM IC-M710 with tuner and insulated-backstay antenna
  • DMI MARINE Speed/Log and Depth w/ displays in cockpit console (new in 2015)
  • DATAMARINE LX-360 Wind Speed w/ display in cockpit
  • RAYMARINE C80 Chartplotter and Radar Display
  • AUTOHELM 7000 Autopilot
  • ACR Mini-B EPIRB, Model ACR RLB-21
  • PIONEER FM Radio w/ Bluetooth, two (2) speakers in the salon and two (2) waterproof speakers in the cockpit
  • External Wi-Fi booster antenna and internal router

Odoya has a 12-volt DC system and a 115-volt AC shore power system.

  • Four (4) batteries: TROJAN 27TMX deep cycle (lead-acid, new in 2016)
  • One (1) starter battery for the engine
  • Engine alternator: 80AH BALMAR 12 VDC (new in 2010)
  • 4 WINDS wind generator, 12 VDC w/ voltage regulator
  • Two (2) Solar panels (300W total) with MPPT controller Solar Boost 3000i
  • 12 VDC Electrical panel
  • 400-watt Inverter
  • 115 VAC shore power system with exterior HUBBELL inlet and cord
  • NEWMAR 25 AH SmartCharger automatic battery charger
  • Four (4) Interior 115 VAC outlets: three (3) GFI units in aft cabin, galley and nav station and one (1) 115 VAC outlet aft in engine compartment
  • Three (3) 12 VDC outlets
  • Ten (10) brass overhead dome lights: three (3) for nav station, galley and main salon; three (3) for head and fore cabin; three (3) for aft cabin; one (1) for aft cabin sink
  • Six (6) brass bulkhead lights w/ LED bulbs mounted throughout: four (4) in main salon

Fresh-water system

  • Watermaker: PUR Powersurvivor 35
  • Freshwater tank: 105 US gallons (400 liters), stainless steel
  • Pressure hot-and-cold water with six-gallon hot-water tank
  • Hot water system with both shore power and engine heating
  • Additional wash basin in aft cabin

Marine Head

  • RARITAN PH2 Marine head, manual (new, 2012)
  • 20-gallon holding tank with Y valve for both overboard and deck-discharge capabilities (new in 2012)
  • Manual pump mounted in head for holding tank discharge (new in 2012)

Bilge & Sumps

  • Bilge pumps, manual: one (1) EDSON Whale Gusher, mounted in cockpit (rebuilt in 2014)
  • Bilge pump, electric: one (1) (new in 2014)
  • Shower pump: one (1) Shurflo, 3 gallons per minute (new in 2018)
Ground Tackle
  • LOFRANS Progress2 electric / mechanical (manual) anchor windlass w/ foot-actuated up and down control switches mounted on deck (new in 2010)
  • ROCNA anchor (mounted on stainless steel bow roller), 44 pounds w/ 100-foot BB galvanized chain w/ stainless steel swivel (new in 2014) w/ 120-foot nylon rode
  • CQR anchor, 33 pounds w/ 150-foot nylon rode
  • FORTRESS FX-23 anchor, 15 pounds w/ 15-foot chain and 150' x 3/8" nylon rode
  • FORTRESS anchor, 15 pounds
  • Life raft: VIKING RESCYOU™, 4-person, ISO9650 certified (new in 2015)
  • Four (4) fire extinguishers
  • First-aid kit
  • Jack lines
  • Four (4) safety line / tether rings, stainless steel, two (2) mounted at companionway and two (2) mounted near helm
  • PFDs
  • Swim ladder: stainless steel w/ teak steps, folding and transom-mounted
  • LIFESLING rescue system
  • Carib 11-foot RIB
  • Outboard: Yamaha 15 HP, 2-stroke
  • Pump
  • Safety chain and padlock
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.

As an avid sailor and fisherman, I bring to you over 45 years of on the water experience with over 8000 blue water miles.  Through the years I have enjoyed a variety of positions in the marine industry - a former director of the J-World Sailing schools, rigger, professional coach, and yacht racer, delivery crew and captain. I bring to you a vast understanding of boats large and small, monohulls to multihulls and sailing or power.  If you are looking to sell your yacht please give me a call or text to my office number 443 822 0984 or chris@sjyacht.com .