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Contessa 32

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Boat REF# 113313
This boat has been sold
Length 9.76m (32'0")
Year 1977
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Sleeping berths 6
Engine 1 x diesel 18hp, Vetus M2.06 (2007)
Lying Isle of Wight


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Extra Details

Designer David Sadler
Builder Jeremy Rogers
Lying Isle of Wight
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Fuel capacity 40.0 ltr (8.8 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 200.0 ltr (44.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x diesel 18hp
Engine make and model Vetus M2.06 (2007)
Engine Hours engine1:   50
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering tiller
Drive shaft
Prop(s) 2 blade fixed
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 6 knots

A new engine in 2007 is plus factor to this boat.


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Length 9.76m (32'0")
LWL 7.30m (23'11")
Beam 2.90m (9'6")
Draft Max 1.68m (5'6")
Displacement 7,910kg (17,441.6lbs)
Headroom 1.80m (5'11")
Storage On mooring


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Sloop rigged Kemp Aluminium spars (1977) with Stainless Steel standing rigging (unknown year)


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

Typical Contessa 32 layout that is proven to work well. Various spare jibs but currently set for hanks.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine


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Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Gelcoat finish

Little needs saying about the construction of Contessa's. Sturdy, fast and very seaworthy, they are the true benchmark of cruiser racers.


Total # of berths 6
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 2
Sink 1
Heads 1 heads (Sea Toilet)
Stove tick
Broiler tick
Sink tick
Cooler tick
Manual water system tick
Non-Smokers tick

Good layout for six with headroom and plenty of storage. Secure galley area and proper nav station. The general upkeep is good with nice upholstery and plenty of woodwork.

2 burner propane Stove

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
Wind tick
VHF tick
GPS tick
Autopilot tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
Fish Finder tick
Depth sounder tick

Good navigation systems although some is of the older design.

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Sprayhood tick
Rode tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick

3 halyard winches
4 sheet winches
2 anchors
20.00m (65'7") of chain
20.00m (65'7") of rode
Beaching leg sockets are fitted to the topsides but no legs are included.


Very clean deck layout with good sized anchor.

Safety Equipment

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Liferaft tick
Life buoys tick
Danbuoy tick
Horn tick

1 bilge pumps (1 manual / 0 electric)

Liferaft available but out of date.

Broker's Comments

The Contessa 32 is the true benchmark yacht which many others tried yet failed to emulate. This example is well maintained and equipped and will offer many more years of sailing. Currently set up for cruising, she could easily easily revert to racing mode. If you are looking for a true performance cruiser racer with an enviable pedigree then waste no time in contacting us for a viewing. 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 Jon Roberts of Boatshed IOW. Click here for contact details.
Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and, where considered appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out structural and/or mechanical and/or electrical surveys and inspections in order to assess the actual condition of the vessel before purchase.