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Contessa 32

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Boat REF# 15462
removed from sale
Length 9.68m (31'9")
Year 1975
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Sleeping berths 6
Engine 1 x diesel 16hp, Yanmar 2 GM 20 (unknown year)
Lying Algarve


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Extra Details

Designer David Sadler
Builder Jeremy Rogers
Lying Algarve
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Fuel capacity 40.0 ltr (8.8 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 400.0 ltr (88.0 USG) Total - 2 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 10.0 ltr (2.2 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 01/01/2002


Engine 1 x diesel 16hp
Engine make and model Yanmar 2 GM 20 (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering tiller
Drive shaft
Prop(s) 2 BLADE
Fuel consumption (approx) 1.0 ltr (0.2 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 6 knots


Length 9.68m (31'9")
LWL 7.31m (24'0")
Beam 2.89m (9'6")
Draft Min 1.73m (5'8")
Draft Max 1.73m (5'8")
Displacement 4,750kg (10,473.8lbs)
Headroom 1.95m (6'5")


10% discount on rigging

Sloop rigged Kemp Aluminium spars (1975) with Stainless Steel standing rigging (unknown year)


New Sails Upgrade?
Reefing mainsail Sanders - Slab (unknown year)
Headsail - Other (unknown year)
Spinnaker gear tick

Mast, work carried out on it.Mainsale reefing is Speedfoil

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine, solar panels


10% discount on ultrasonic antifouling
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Gelcoat finish


Total # of berths 6
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 4
Cabin(s) 2
Sink 1
Heads 1 heads
Stove tick
Broiler tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Cooler tick

2 burner propane Stove

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
Wind tick
VHF DSC radio tick
GPS tick
Autopilot tick
Navtex tick
Stereo tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
Depth sounder tick

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Sprayhood tick
Cockpit cover tick
Bimini tick
Rode tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick

4 halyard winches
4 sheet winches
Manual Simpson Lawrance windlass
3 anchors
(2 CQR 1 Danforth)
50.00m (164'1") of chain
20.00m (65'7") of rode
Beaching leg Mountings

Safety Equipment

Liferaft tick
Life buoys tick
Safety harnesses tick
Horn tick

3 bilge pumps (2 manual / 1 electric)

Lots of Engine Spares

Broker's Comments

This boat has been viewed and photographed by Gary of Boatshed Algarve.This 1975 Contessa 32 designed by David Sadler is a well travelled yacht with a long keel and skeg. The type being made famous for completing the ill fated 1979 Fastnet race, the only vessel in its class to complete.
The owner proudly tells me about his solo Atlantic circuit which involved sailing around much of the Caribbean and back. It all started in August 2004 and was completed by July 2005, this life time dream is what she was bought for and realised with no problems at all.
He tells me about the delight in sailing it in all weathers with a vanishing stability angle in excess of 140’. The stability curve is still regularly used as a comparison in yachting magazine tests of newer designs, very, very few yachts ever match her range of positive stability. Sadly the owner wishes to sell it now for something a little smaller, despite his very fond memories of being onboard.
Age considered she remains very tidy with two cabins, six berths, one double and four singles, also a reasonable size saloon and galley.
On deck all running/standing rigging are in order with the hull being recently sandblasted to remove old antifouling, the topside being re- sprayed , all the work that has bean carried out by the owner to a high standard.

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