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Contessa 32

Brief Notes

Builder

Several builders: mainly Jeremy Rogers, but also Macbar Marine and M. J. Slack in the UK, and J. J. Taylor in Canada

The Contessa 32 is a classic cruiser-racer, whose combination of speed and seaworthiness was proved in the ill-fated 1979 Fastnet Race.

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Length OA

32' 0"

Sail Area

562 sq ft

Length WL

24' 0"

Rig

Sloop

Beam

9' 6"

Cabins

2

.Draught

5' 6"

Berths

6

Displacement

9,520 lbs

Engine type

various

Ballast

4,500 lbs

Engine bhp

10 - 20

Keel type

Fin and skeg

Contessa 32

The Contessa 32 was designed by David Sadler in 1971, and rapidly became very popular, both as a fast cruiser, and as a one design racing class. Series production by Jeremy Rogers Ltd. continued until 1982, by which time the cost of production building in the UK to the Contessa level of quality was becoming uneconomic. Jeremy Rogers then started "reconditioning" older yachts. In 1996 Rogers once again started limited production, of what is now a very expensive 32-footer - see details here - about £190,000 plus VAT. The few latest Rogers Contessa 32s have similar minor alterations to the original 1970/80s construction spec.

In the interim period in the late 80s and early 90s between Jeremy Rogers ceasing and restarting production a small number of boats were built by other builders, mostly by Mike Slack.

About 80 yachts were also built in Canada by J. J. Taylor, from a set of moulds taken from a Lymington-built Contessa that was shipped to Canada. These were to the same hull and deck moulding specifications, but used more internal GRP mouldings rather than a wooden structure, and many of these were wheel-steered rather than have a tiller. These Canadian boats are thus slightly lighter weight, and the interior a little brighter.

Contessa 32

Contessa 32

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The Contessa 32's reputation is based primarily on her elegant lines and sailing ability, but another factor which many people remember is that a Contessa 32 was the only yacht in the small boat class to finish the 1979 Fastnet Race, in which 15 lives were lost. The stability curve of the Contessa 32 was for some years used as a comparison in yachting magazine tests of newer designs - very, very few yachts ever match her range of positive stability....

Contessa 32

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In comparison to modern 32-footers, the interior of the Contessa is small, but for most owners this is a price they are willing to pay for their performance, handling and seaworthiness, plus their looks.

As well as building a very few new Contessa 32s, Jeremy Rogers offers a service to refurbish and upgrade older models.

Contessa 32
Contessa 32
Contessa 32