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Contessa 32

  • Located at Newcastle Upon Tyne
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Year: 1981
LOA: 31.99 ft
Berths: 2
Draft: 5.51 ft


  • Make: Contessa
  • Model: 32
  • Cabins: 2
  • Heads: 1
  • Watertank size: 50 Litres
  • Engine Make: BETA
  • Horsepower: 20
  • Drive Type: Sail
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Fuel Tank Size: 50 Litres
  • Cruise Speed: 5 knots
  • Top Speed: 6 knots
  • Price: £37,500
  • Location: In Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Year: 1981
  • LOA: 31.99 ft
  • Berths: 2
  • Keel: Full Keel

Beautiful example of the highly desirable Contessa 32, a cruiser/racer built by Jeremy Rogers to a David Sadler design. This is a 1981 model and has only had 4 owners in her 41 year history. It appears from the level of fit out and modifications that these have been good careful owners and those who come to view will be pleased with her condition. Appealing points are her original white gelcoat topsides, her epoxied underwater hull and the reliable 20hp Beta marine diesel. Recent improvements are the replacement standing rigging, Sanders roller furling genoa and the introduction of a Garmin colour chart plotter and AIS transceiver. Engine is serviced ready for the season.

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Vessel powered by a reliable and economical BETA BD722 inboard diesel engine. The engine was installed in 1999 ready for the 2000/01 season. She has been well maintained and has completed 1443 serviced hours. Reduction gearbox driving a 2-bladed fixed propeller protected by skeg. Engine start panel in saloon at chart table with rev counter, oil pressure, temperature and voltage gauges as well as visual and audible warnings. Single lever engine control mounted in cockpit.

Bank of 2X12V batteries fitted with a rotary style isolator. The batteries are recharged via the engine alternator or the onboard smart battery charger/shore power unit. Battery monitor installed. Shore power cable.

  • New propeller shaft - 2008
  • New exhaust with gooseneck - 2008
  • Engine serviced 2022

Masthead, sloop rigged yacht with keel stepped anodised aluminium spars. Stainless steel standing rigging with wheel style back stay tensioner. Standing rigging replaced in 2019. Terylene running rigging, with the majority led aft to helm. Coachroof mounted halyard winches, cockpit mounted genoa sheet and spinnaker halyard winches.
Boom mounted Quantum mainsail with reefing points. Sail Cover and boot in smart navy blue to match sprayhood and dodgers. Roller furling headsail system sail system by Harken. New Sanders 130% Dacron furling genoa with UV strip, purchased November 2020 ready for 2021/22 season. Other sails include a spare genoa and spinnaker.
Spinnaker pole mounted on deck.

  • NEW Standing Rigging 2019
  • NEW Sanders 130% Roller furling Genoa - 2020
  • NEW Chainplates and backing plates - 2008
  • New Forestay Stemhead fitting - 2008
  • New Harken MKIV Furling Headsail System - 2008
  • Plastimo bulkhead compass
  • Autohelm Depth
  • NASA Clipper wind speed/direction
  • NASA Clipper GPS
  • Garmin Echomap CV colour chartplotter/GPS - 2017
  • Garmin GPS - Chart table
  • Cobra Marine DSC VHF with inbuilt GPS
  • Digital AIS Transponder - 2019
  • Wind vane self Steering
  • 16Kgs Delta anchor with 30M 8mm chain & 30M warp
  • Danforth Kedge anchor chain & warp
  • Mooring warps and fenders
  • Navigation lights
  • Gas detector - New 2020
  • Manual and electric bilge pumps
  • 2X Horseshoe Buoys
  • Danbuoy
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Sprayhood
  • Dodgers
  • Boarding ladder
  • Boathook
  • Tiller extension
  • Barometer
  • Cutlery/Crockery/Utensils

Below decks can sleep 5/6 persons over the saloon and forward cabin. The yacht is entered via the companionway and has full standing headroom at the main hatch. To starboard is the chart table/navigation area with instruments, switch panel and engine start. There is a comfortable pilot berth situated here and ideal for storing bedding when not in use.
Opposite chart table is the renovated galley featuring stainless steel sink with hand pumped fresh water, gas oven and cool box. Forward of the galley is a U-shaped seating area with central table. This area converts to a double. Opposite is another settee/berth. Excellent storage below and behind the seating. Forward of the saloon bulkhead is a heads compartment to port and a hanging locker to starboard. Heads features a sea toilet and moulded sink unit with vanity unit above. Forward cabin with double berth and opening roof hatch. The forward cabin and heads can be made private by a sliding wooden door. 12V lighting throughout.

  • Saloon and Berth Cushions reupholstered in 2011
  • Adjustable height saloon table with fold out leaf
  • Galley rebuilt in 2011

The Contessa 32 was introduced following the success of the ever-popular Contessa 26. The boat was again produced using the successful David Sadler/Jeremy Rogers partnership and was first revealed to the boating public in early 1973. Such was the success that demand outstripped production very quickly and to alleviate the already growing 2-year waiting list, bigger premises were obtained. Over 700 of these fantastic yachts were produced and thanks to an active "Owners Association" which organises races and social events, these boats are still desirable today. The popularity is due to their beautiful lines, performance in light winds and the safety offered in a tempest. While they may lack the creature comforts of their modern French-built cousins, the Contessa 32 has a lot to offer as an offshore cruiser/racer.

GRP constructed yacht with original white flowcoat topsides with smart navy blue decoration and white coach roof. 1.68M draft Fin keel with skeg mounted rudder and tiller steering. Underwater areas were epoxied as a preventative measure in 2008.
She has 2041 kgs ballast giving ballast ratio of 47% making her excellent in a blow. Deep self bailing cockpit with sail locker to port and to the rear. Teak slatted locker tops and teak grate in cockpit sole. Stainless steel bow and stern rails joined by stanchions and guardwires. Raised accommodation deck with four port lights either side and two opening deck hatches for ventilation. Teak capping rails around bulwark and transom. Teak grab rails on cochroof. Side decks and coach roof painted in moulded white non slip. Stainless steel stem head fitting with roller. Anchor locker with lid and stainless steel anchor chain hawse cover. Foredeck mooring cleats with hawser holes.

Underwater areas antifouled in February 2022 and anodes changed.

  • Hull epoxied in 2008 (Preventative Measure)
  • New Rudder 2008
  • Wintered Ashore since 2008 - Cradle available if required
  • Spare tiller - Stainless steel
  • Coachroof windows removed, reglazed and resealed in 2010
  • New Guard rails 2016
  • Original Gelcoat Topsides
  • New Companionway hatch - 2016
  • New Phosphor Bronze Cockpit drains - 2016

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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