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Countess 33

Brief details


Colvic moulded hulls and decks, various professional and amateur fit-outs

The Countess 33 was a 1980 Ian Anderson design for Colvic Craft, who moulded the hulls and decks, and sold them to both amateur builders and a number of boatyards, who finished them under their own names. The Minster 33 and Medway 33 were yard-built versions of the Countess 33 sold under other boatyard's own names. The boats are moderately heavy displacement.


33' 0"

Sail area

not known


28' 9"


sloop or ketch


11' 8"


forecabin, saloon and aft cabin


5' 3" fin or 4' 6" B/K




14,900 lbs




approx 5,000 to 6,000 lbs


typically 28 - 40

Keel type

Fin or twin bilge keels with encapsulated ballast and skeg-hung rudder

Countess 33

Designed by Ian Anderson in 1980, the Countess 33 is a spacious family cruiser with a centre cockpit and a good sized aft cabin. This example has two heads - one being en-suite to the aft double cabin.


The Countess hulls were moulded by Colvic, and supplied part-complete to both amateur and professional boatbuilders for completion.

Countesses were built with both sloop and ketch rigs, and bilge or fin keels. Ballast material and weight may vary according to the builder, but steel punchings set in resin are common.

The Countess 33 design was later stretched to become the Countess 35, but very few of the 35s were built.

Countess 33
Countess 33
Countess 33

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Although fitouts vary, many Countess 33s seem to have on-demand gas water heaters
fitted above the galley area to starboard of the companionway, venting out to the
area under the sprayhood or to the inside of the cockpit coaming - this may be
regarded as unsatisfactory by gas engineers, though in practice with a heater
that is used only for short periods, it does not seem to have caused any problems

Aft of the chart table on the port side is the (quite low) passageway through to the aft cabin,
with a single passage berth outboard. The main engine access is off this passageway

The engine bay under the cockpit is big enough for a wide range of engines
to be fitted with good access from three sides

Although exact layouts vary, the aft cabin normally has a trapezoid-shaped athwartships double berth, 48" wide, and over 8 feet long at the forward side, tapering to just over 5 ft at the aft end.

The aft cabin has an en-suite heads on the starboard side, and large lockers (not shown in the photos) to port

Above: Mizzen

Left: mainmast

Countess 33
Countess 33

Owners photo

Countess 33

Unlike the Countess 28, which has almost vertical bilge keels
for ease of moulding, the Countess 33 has well splayed keels

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