Contessa 34

New Saildrive Seal 2016
£19,950.00 Reduced
  • Boat REF#  ·  263375
  • Length  ·  10.70m
  • Year  ·  1983
  • Construction  ·  GRP
  • Underwater profile  ·  Fin
  • Sleeping berths  ·  7
  • Engine  ·  1 x diesel 25hp, Volvo MD 11 (1983)
  • Lying  ·  Near Plymouth, Devon, UK (viewing by appointment)
Boatshed Plymouth
Boatshed Plymouth
Billy Hallam

Extra Details

Designer Doug Peterson
Builder Jeremy Rogers Contessa Yachts
Lying Near Plymouth, Devon, UK (viewing by appointment)
Fuel capacity 90.0 ltr (19.8 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 225.0 ltr (49.5 USG) Total - 2 Tanks
Last survey 27/08/2005


Engine 1 x diesel 25hp
Engine make and model Volvo MD 11 (1983)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering Tiller
Drive Saildrive
Prop(s) 2 blade folding
Fuel consumption (approx) 2.0 ltr (0.4 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 6 knots

Dec 2019 Engine winterised
2018 Engine serviced
2017 New prop & boss fitted
2016/17 Engine removed and overhauled
2017 New exhaust manifold & new starter motor
2016 Electric panel rewired
2016 New saildrive seal
Fuel pre filter & raw water filter fitted
Adverc Charging System


Length 10.70m
Beam 3.38m
Draft Min 1.43m
Draft Max 1.43m
Displacement 7,900kg (17,419.5lbs)
Headroom 1.83m
Storage Ashore


Sloop rigged Selden Aluminium spars (unknown year) with Stainless Steel standing rigging (unknown year)


Reefing mainsail Sanders - Slab (unknown year) 2 Reefs
Headsail - Furling (unknown year)
Other sails Spare Main (unknown year)
Spinnaker with Snuffer (unknown year)
No 1, 2, 3 Working Jib (unknown year)
No 4 Alman Working Jib (unused) (2008)
Storm Jib (unknown year)
Trisail (unknown year)
Spinnaker gear

2017 New UV panel on genoa
Double luff groove on headsail foil
Mast un-stepped annually and rigging checked
Emergency inner forestay fitted

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 3 batteries charged by: engine, shore power


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Paint finish

2019 Hull scrub, anti-foul & new anodes
Keel base strengthened with stainless steel frame when new
4 x Blakes seacocks
VARTM Vacuum assisted resin moulding
11 coats of Awl Grip on hull


Total # of berths 7
No. of double berths 3
No. of single berths 1
Cabin(s) 4
Sink 1
Heads 1 heads (Sea Toilet)

Good storage space
New saloon lights
Interior wood work: solid teak and teak faced plywood
Crockery included

2 burner propane Stove


Pressurised water system
Fresh water wash

Good storage space
New saloon lights
Interior wood work: solid teak and teak faced plywood
Crockery included

2 burner propane Stove

Deck Gear

Sail cover
Tonneau cover
Swim Ladder
Instrument Covers

3 halyard winches
4 sheet winches
3 anchors
(Bruce, CQR & Danforth )
40.00m of chain
30.00m of rode
Sail cover new 2017
Storage cradle included

Nav Equipment

Chart plotter
Navigation lights
Fish Finder
Depth sounder
Radar Reflector

Contest Compass x 2
Lowrance Depth X-4
Garmin GPS Map 292
Furuno Radar
Weather Station
Autohelm Wind & Depth

Safety Equipment

Life buoys
Swim ladder

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 electric)

Spare tiller
Sea cock wooden bungs
Fire extinguishers
MoB system
Emergency forestay block & tackle
Bagged mobile boarding ladder

Broker's Comments

It’s easy to see why this strong, seaworthy, spacious, Contessa 34 hasn’t exchanged ownership much in her lifetime. Built on the same successful hull moulding as the OOD 34, this fast family cruiser with graceful lines has a longer cast iron keel, extra ballast and a skeg hung rudder giving extra stiffness and stability for tackling challenging conditions and making her a good all round passage maker.

Purchased as a ‘boat show model’ at the 1983 London Boat Show, she was proudly sailed home to Plymouth by the first owner. In 2001, she was relocated to Poole by the owners son. In 2006, she was sold and moved back to Plymouth by the current owners. Well looked after and sailed regularly until recently, this vessel has always been wintered ashore annually. Over each winter period, the engine has been serviced, the hull scrubbed & anti fouled and the mast has been stepped for regular rigging checks.

Other recent maintenance has included the renewal of the sail drive seal, the fitting of a new folding prop and the removal and overhaul of the engine (winter 2016/2017) amongst others.

Practical and well thought out, the accommodation includes three double cabins, good head room, additional berths in the saloon when required, a generous sized forward facing Nav station and a separate heads compartment for privacy.

With an extensive sail wardrobe and professionally finished Awlgrip topsides, this is an excellent opportunity to acquire a well maintained, fast, strong seaworthy cruiser / racer.

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

This Contessa 34 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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