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Contessa 32

  • Located at Southampton
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Year: 1973
LOA: 32 ft
Draft: 5.5 ft


  • Make: Contessa
  • Model: 32
  • Heads: 1
  • Engine Make: Beta Marine
  • Horsepower: 20
  • Drive Type: Sail
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Price: £19,950
  • Location: In Southampton
  • Year: 1973
  • LOA: 32 ft
  • Keel: Fin Keel

The Contessa 32 is one of the most admired yacht designs ever mass produced. Designed by David Sadler and built by Jeremy Rogers the design has been in production from its inception in 1970 until the current day.

Bandolero present very well and ready to go for the season, featuring a renewed In-Mast furling mainsail she has been set up for short handed sailing. There is a survey available from 2020. Currently afloat and available for viewing by appointment.



GRP Hull and Deck
Red Painted topsides - Two-pack professionally painted in 2018
Preventative epoxy hull treatment - Year?
Lead fin keel
Skeg hung rudder
Tiller steering

LOA 9.75m / 32'
LWL 7.32m / 24'
Beam 2.90m / 9'5''
Draft 1.68m / 5'5''
Disp 4309kg
Ballast 2041kg

Mechanicals and Electrics

Beta Marine 20hp Engine - replaced in 1998
Shaft drive, TMC Technodrive system
Two bladed Bronze propeller
Exhaust temperature alarm
Shaft replaced in 2014 with new cutlass bearing
PSS Dripless propsharft seal (2015)

Domestic Batteries - 2 off 12v, 100Ah AGM type
Engine Battery - 1 off 12v 80Ah AGM type.
Split Charging System - with Sterling Smart Charging alternator controller.
Solar Panels - 2 off 20W panels with charge controller.
Battery Monitor - Sterling.


SLEEPS 5 in 1 Cabin Saloon and quarter berth
Wallis, paraffin fired, blown air system

Below decks the accommodation layout is typical of any British built cruiser of that era. Joinery work constructed of solid mahogany and mahogany veneered plywood, finished with a gloss varnish.

Forepeak: V-berth in the traditional layout with central in-fill section creating a double V-bunk when required. Hull lined outboard with vinyl. Bin lockers beneath the bunks.

Heads: Spanning the full width of the boat forward of saloon. Walk through heads compartment providing access to forepeak. Manual Simpson Lawrence SL400 Marine Toilet outboard to port with moulded wash hand basin forward, vanity unit outboard.

Saloon: Drop leaf table is mounted on the centreline U-shaped settee to port and bench type settee to starboard. The table drops down to allow use of the port side saloon settee berth as a double. Starboard saloon berth converting to a full-length single berth. Storage is provided around the saloon with locker space behind the back of the settees and in overhead lockers outboard.

Galley: To port of the companionway Gas cooker, two burner, grill and oven. Twin, top loading coolboxes below worktop. Single stainless steel sink with pressurised hot and cold water faucet. Good selection of storage lockers

Navigation Station: Forward facing navigators seat on forward end of quarter berth. Forward-looking chart table with storage for charts within table. Ships switch panel outboard. Sizable quarter berth extends under the starboard cockpit seating


Sprayhood - On stainless steel frame with additional grab bar.
Spray Dodgers - Transparent.
Cockpit Tent - Habitent type full cockpit tent.
Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit rails.
Deck mounted stainless steel stanchions supporting stainless steel guardwires.
Double stemhead roller.
Alloy mooring cleats forward, midships and aft.
Panama style fairleads forward.
Moulded toerail running the length of the deck outboard.
Solid teak capping rail.
Moulded non-slip texture panels on side decks and coachroof.
Solid teak grabrails running the length of the coachroof outboard.
Spinnaker pole stowing on deck brackets along starboard side deck.
High moulded coamings protecting cockpit.
Primary and spinnaker winches mounted on coamings.
Cave lockers within cockpit coamings.
Deep, self-draining cockpit with bench seating around all edges.
Tek-Dek synthetic teak planking type decking finish to cockpit seating.
Teak grating on cockpit sole.
Cockpit lockers under seating to port and aft.
Stainless steel, self draining gas locker built in under aft cockpit seat, contains 2 number Camping Gaz 907 type cylinders.
Main Anchor – Manson Supreme 11kg on Chain (50) and Warp (20m) rode.
Spare Anchor. - Bruce with warp rode.
Electric Anchor Windlass - Simpson Lawrence SeaWolf.
Full overhauled 2014, spare motor included.
Mooring Warps - Selection Fenders – Selection

Navigational Equipment
Depth - EchoPilot Combi display
Log - EchoPilot Combi display
Wind - NASA Clipper
Repeater - EchoPilot Combi display at chart table
Plotter - Standard Horizon CP180i
VHF – Standard Horizon GX1300E DSCVHF (2019)
Autopilot - Simard TP22 (2017)
Magnetic Compass - 2x bulkhead mounted Contest 130.

Safety Equipment
Liferaft - Ocean Safety 4 person raft. Last serviced 2017.
Horseshoe Buoy
Jackstays - Webbing type.
Fire Extingusher
Gas Alarm
Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Manual Bilge Pump
Electric Bilge Pump
Deck Wash - Whale submersible type


Z-Spars Silver anodised Masthead Sloop Rig, new in 2013
Keel stepped
Standing Rigging changed in 2013
Plastimo roller reefing system
Kemp on-mast roller reefing system, can be easily removed
Mechanical backstay adjuster
Alloy Spinnaker pole
Barton mainsheet track

Primary Winches – 2x Lewmar 40, two-speed
Spinnaker Winches – 2x Lewmar 14, single speed
Halyard Winch – 3x Lewmar 8, single-speed

Mainsail – White dacron, roller reefing.
Roller Reefing Genoa – White dacron with blue UV Strip, heavy weather No.3
Genoa No. 1, 2 & 4 - White Dacron, old sails not used in current ownership and not adapted for roller reefing system.
Storm Jib - Never used and not adapted for roller reefing.
Cruising Chute - With snuffer. Sanderson Sails (2018)


For a full, detailed specification with additional photographs and direct contact details for the listing office visit our website

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Unless otherwise stated on the specification sheet the following presumptions are made
Sail drive and shaft seals are more than 5 years of age
Fuel and gas hoses and regulators are over 5 years old
Standing rigging and sails are more than 10 years old

NOTE - Please ring our offices prior to visiting, as the boat may be unavailable for viewing or located at a different marina.

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