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Contessa 32

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9.75m (32'0")



Underwater profile


1 x Diesel 18hp, Perkins Perama M20 (1993)

Near Plymouth, Devon, UK (by appointment only)


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Extra Details

Designer Jeremy Rogers / David Sadler
Builder Jeremy Rogers
Lying Near Plymouth, Devon, UK (by appointment only)
Fuel capacity 45.5 ltr (10.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 68.2 ltr (15.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x Diesel 18hp
Engine make and model Perkins Perama M20 (1993)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Tiller
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 2 Blade Fixed
Fuel consumption (approx) 2.0 ltr (0.4 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 6 knots

Engine hours unknown
No service records but engine serviced annually - last service June 2017


LOA 9.75m (32'0")
LWL 7.32m (24'0")
Beam 2.90m (9'6")
Draft Max 1.68m (5'6")
Displacement 4,104kg (9,049.3lbs)
Headroom 1.80m (5'11")
Storage On marina


Sloop rigged Kemp Aluminium spars (1978) with stainless steel standing rigging (1998)


Mainsail Sanders - Slab (2006) 3 Reefs
Headsail Sanders - Hank on (2006)
Other sails Spinnaker (unknown year)
No.1 Genoa (2006)
No.3 Gib (2006)
No.4 Gib (1978)
Storm Gib (1978)
Cruising Chute (unknown year)

Original roller reefing boom

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine, wind generator


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Gelcoat finish

2016 - hull below the waterline stripped & new copper anti fouling applied


Total # of berths 6
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 2
Handbasin 1
Heads 1 heads (Sea Toilet)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Icebox tick
Curtains tick
Manual water system tick
Fresh water wash tick
Non-Smokers tick

Icebox x 2
Erberspacher Heating
Upholstery appears to be in good condition
Tap not connected in handbasin
Berth sizes:
Forward cabin berths approx 5ft 11
Quarter berth approx 6ft 6
Saloon Port & Starboard berths approx 6ft 1

2 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
Wind tick
VHF tick
Chart plotter tick
Autopilot tick
Stereo tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
Fish Finder tick
Echo sounder tick

Autohelm 1000
Seafarer Depth Echo
GPS Map 750
VHF Marine IC-M411
Contest Compass
Brookes & Gatehouse Boat / Wind Speed & Direction
CD Player

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Sprayhood tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Swim Ladder tick
Instrument Covers tick

3 halyard winches
4 sheet winches
1 anchors
15.00m (49'3") of chain
15.00m (49'3") of warp
Avon dinghy (unknown year)

Safety Equipment

Liferaft tick
Life buoys tick
Horn tick
Boarding ladder tick

1 bilge pumps (1 manual / 0 Electric)

Life raft requires service

Broker's Comments

Possibly the best cruiser racer of all time, the Contessa 32 was first designed in 1970 and is still being built today. Over 750 of these hulls have been built and they have proven themselves for both racing and seaworthiness in all conditions. A Contessa 32 was the only yacht in the small boat class to finish the disastrous 1979 Fastnet race.

Do you want a trustworthy and versatile yacht that is just as at home racing round the cans as she is on speedy offshore passages? Come rain or shine, in calm or rough seas, do you want to treat yourself to some serious sailing? Look no further.

This yacht has been owned and enjoyed by her present owners for the past 18 years. Clean, uncluttered and with a lot of her original equipment, she is ready to take on new owners keen to join the merry band of Contessa enthusiasts. Yes, this second to none design has an almost cult following.

With pretty lines, a generous sail wardrobe, hank on foresails and a slab reefing main, the deck is easy to move around and she has a deep, safe cockpit.

Down below, this vessel is practical and homely with a traditional light wood finish and good quality upholstery throughout. There are useful long grab rails, a full sized, fwd facing Nav table with pilot quarter berth behind, a good sized galley and lots of storage.

This time proven design, which looks good and feels good, provides a great sailing yacht for all seasons.

VAT Paid with proof of status.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Contessa 32 has been personally photographed and viewed by Billy & Jo Hallam of Boatshed Plymouth. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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