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Truman Contessa 34

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Boat REF# 42322
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 10.26m (33'8")
Year 1983
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Berths 8
Engine 1 x Diesel 28hp, Volvo 3 cylinder model 2003 (unknown year)
Lying Sussex


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Extra Details

Designer Peterson/Alan-Williams
Builder Contessa Yachts Ltd.
Lying Sussex
Fuel capacity 100.0 ltr (22.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 200.0 ltr (44.0 G) Total - 2 Tanks


Engine 1 x Diesel 28hp
Engine make and model Volvo 3 cylinder model 2003 (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering Tiller
Drive saildrive
Prop(s) 2 blade fixed
Fuel consumption (approx) 2.5 ltr (0.6 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 6 knots
Max speed (approx) 7 knots
Engine spares tick

Volvo saildrive unit.
Engine serviced May 2007.
Engine charging with TWC regulator.
Shore power and charging.
Volvo spares and toolkits.


LOA 10.26m (33'8")
LWL 8.53m (28'0")
Beam 3.38m (11'1")
Draft Min 1.52m (5'0")
Displacement 4,082kg (9,000.8lbs)
Headroom 1.85m (6'1")
Storage Ashore


Sloop rigged Kemp Aluminium spars (1983) with stainless steel standing rigging (2004)


Mainsail Ratsey & Lapthorn - Slab (1995)
Headsail - Furling (unknown year)
Other sails Main (P. Sanders) (1983)
No.1 Genoa (P. Sanders) (1983)
No. 3 Genoa (P. Sanders) (1983)
Storm Jib (P. Sanders) (1983)
Spinnaker (unknown year)
Spinnaker gear tick

Emergency forestay.
Backstay adjuster.
Harken headsail furler.
Spinnaker pole and all associated gear.
2x Lewmar 44ST Genoa sheet winches.
2x Lewmar 16 Spinnaker sheet winches.
1x Lewmar 30 Halyard winch.
2x Lewmar 30 Halyard mast reefing winches.
1x Lewmar Halyard winch.

Electrical Systems

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


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Gelcoat finish

Hull epoxy treated by International in 1994.


Total # of berths 8
No. of double berths 3
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 3
Handbasin 1
Heads 1 heads (Sea Toilet)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Icebox tick
Pressurised water system tick

Interior fitted out in light teak and biscuit coloured tweed upholstery.
Large bosun's locker aft to port.
Galley to port with gimballed Flavel Vanessa 2 burner gas cooker with grill and oven, s/s sink with pressurised cold water supply and insulated cool box.
Separate heads compartment with sea toilet, wash basin and storage. Under bunk storage.

2 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
Radar tick
VHF DSC radio tick
GPS tick
Autopilot tick
Navtex tick
Stereo tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
Echo sounder tick

Furuno Radar linked to Furuno GPS GP32.
Garmin fixed GPS 128 linked to ICOM DSC 601 with cockpit speaker and command mike.
GPS cockpit repeater.
Clipper Navtex.
2x Plastimo bulkhead compasses.
Autohelm 30 compass .
Autohelm 30 wind instrument.
Raymarine speed, log and depth.
Raymarine tillerpilot with remote control.
Spare Navico Tillerpilot.
Panasonic radio/cassette.

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Sprayhood tick
Spray dodgers tick
Sun awning tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Swim Ladder tick

4 halyard winches
4 sheet winches
Manual Simpson Lawrence Anchorman windlass
2 anchors
(CQR & Fishermans)
Zodiac (4 man) dinghy (unknown year)
2hp outboard, Suzuki (unknown year)
Approx. 27m of anchor chain and warp.
Sprayhood with backdrop enclosure and grabrail plus matching dodgers all new June 2007.

Safety Equipment

Liferaft tick
Life buoys tick
Danbuoy tick

1 bilge pumps (1 manual / 0 Electric)

Lloyd's Certificate of Hull Construction No. 210346
Six man RFD SEASAVER plusX liferaft in canister, serviced May 2007.
2x Horseshoe lifering and floating beacon.
Stern mounted boarding ladder.
Radar reflector mounted on mast.

Broker's Comments

The sought-after Contessa 34 was one of the few boats to come through the 1976 Fastnet Race unscathed. Her hull is tremendously strong, and a Lloyd's Construction Certificate testifies to the care taken in its manufacture. Top quality and generously sized deck gear and rigging will withstand the worst of the weather, and make for effortless offshore sailing. The comfort and space to be found below decks make this cruising version of the Contessa a sound choice for cruisers and racers alike. She has been wintered ashore every year since 1996. Contessa yachts have consistently held their value better than any other comparable range, and makes this 34 a solid investment.

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

This Truman Contessa 34 has been personally photographed and viewed by John van der Hoff of Boatshed Sussex. 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.

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