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Contessa 32

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Boat REF# 152647
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 9.75m (32'0")
Year 1974
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Berths 5
Engine 1 x Diesel 22hp, Beta 722 (3-Cylinder) (2000)
Lying Essex


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Extra Details

Designer David Sadler
Builder Jeremy Rogers Ltd.
Lying Essex
Fuel capacity 80.0 ltr (17.6 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 77.3 ltr (17.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 07/10/2013


Engine 1 x Diesel 22hp
Engine make and model Beta 722 (3-Cylinder) (2000)
Engine Hours engine1:   1358
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Tiller
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 3 Blade
Fuel consumption (approx) 1.4 ltr (0.3 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 6 knots

Batteries new in 2012.
240 Volt sockets throughout with RCD protection.
Engine annually serviced by owner.
Stern Gland redesigned and improved with a new cutlass bearing housing.
Engine winterised October 2013.
25m Shore Power Line.


LOA 9.75m (32'0")
LWL 7.32m (24'0")
Beam 2.90m (9'6")
Draft Min 1.68m (5'6")
Draft Max 1.68m (5'6")
Displacement 4,317kg (9,520.0lbs)
Headroom 1.83m (6'0")
Storage On marina


10% discount on rigging

Cutter rigged Aluminium spars (1974) with stainless steel standing rigging (2002)


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Mainsail Lonton & Gray - Slab (2005) Stack Pack, Lazy Jacks, 3 Reefs
Headsail Lonton & Gray - Furling (2005)
Other sails Staysail (2010)

The Cutter Rig was added in 2010 and a new Self-tacking Staysail was manufactured by Lonton & Gray. At the same time the Genoa was re-cut as a Yankee reducing its area to suit this cutter rig arrangement.

The owner advises that it has made her easier to handle with little or no effect on performance. See Brokers Comments section below.

Both Foresails have Furling Reefing Systems.
All lines are led aft to the cockpit.

Note: Most of the Standing Rigging was fitted new in 2002 with the exception of the Cap Shrouds which are 1995.

Sails valeted in October 2013.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine, shore power


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Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Paint finish

Survey updated in October 2013 (the full survey was in 2004).
Hull Topsides professionally re-sprayed in 2007 by Rice and Cole's of Burnham.
Gelshield below water line.
Rudder renovated; and a spare rudder also available.
Spare Tiller.


Total # of berths 5
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 1
Cabin(s) 2
Handbasin 1
Heads 1 heads (Sea Toilet)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Carpet tick
Curtains tick
Manual water system tick

New Plastimo Neptune 2500 Cooker in 2010.
Electric pump for cold water.

2 burner gas cooker

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
Echo sounder tick

Clipper Depth for Speed/Log and Depth.
Garmin 92H Handheld GPS.
Autohelm Autopilot.
NASA Navtex Pro.
Electronic Handbearing compass.
Sterlling Battery Monitor.
Binoculars 7x50

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Sprayhood tick
Spray dodgers tick
Cockpit cover tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Instrument Covers tick

4 halyard winches
2 sheet winches
Manual Lofrans windlass
2 anchors
(35lb CQR and Fishermans)
25.00m (82'0") of chain
50.00m (164'1") of warp
9ft Avon Redcrest dinghy (unknown year)
Cockpit Tent fully encloses the cockpit area.
Windlass new in 2010.
Anchor Buoy.
Tiller Cover.
Rope Bags.

Safety Equipment

Liferaft tick
Life jackets tick
Life buoys tick
Danbuoy tick
Boarding ladder tick

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 Electric)

Jack Stays.
Radar Reflector.
4-Man Life Raft requires servicing end on 2012.
Lifebuoy with 200ft of line and auto light.
Man overboard hoist system.

Broker's Comments

The Contessa 32 class has an enviable reputation for safe, long distance cruising.
This one has a cutter rig reducing sail area forward of the mast, without appreciably reducing performance: the staysail is self- tacking for easier handling.
Due to ill health, the present owner cannot maintain or sail her to the standard he requires, hence she is on the market.
Appointments to view can be booked in advance 6-days a week directly with the Boatshed Essex office.
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 Steve Booth of Boatshed Essex. 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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