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WITHDRAWN FROM SALE

C53916

Contessa 32 (1993 built)

Lying

Cornwall

Builder

M. J. Slack, Lowestoft, UK.

Year

1993

Price reduced

£46,000

LOA

32' 0"

Sail area

562 sq ft

Brief details

LWL

24' 0"

Rig

Sloop

The Contessa 32 is a classic cruiser-racer, whose combination of speed and seaworthiness was proved in the ill-fated 1979 Fastnet Race. This 1993 example is one of the approximately dozen built by Mike Slack after Jeremy Rogers ceased series production in 1982 - and is thus much newer than the vast majority of Contessas. This yacht is very well equipped, is in full commission, and is now for sale only because of an owner's health issues.

Beam

9' 6"

Cabins

2

Draught

5' 6"

Berths

6

Displacement

9,520 lbs

Engine

Beta BD662 diesel

Ballast

4,500 lbs

BHP

17

Keel type

Fin and skeg (encapsulated lead ballast)

Sailplan

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.

 Between the late 80s and early 90s when Jeremy Rogers was no longer producing Contessa 32s a small number of boats were built by other builders, mostly by Mike Slack. This 1993 yacht is one of these. These hulls have minor structural changes (improvements) on the original series boats.

In 1996 Rogers once again started limited production, of what is now a very expensive 32-footer at about £190,000 plus VAT. The few latest Rogers Contessa 32s have similar minor alterations to the original 1970/80s construction specification.

Contessa 32 for sale

Yachtsnet photographs September 2016

Moored
Contessa 32

Saloon

Forecabin as double
Forecabin

The forecabin berths are 6' 6" long 'on the vee', with an infill to make a double berth.
The heads has louvred sliding door to the saloon, and a roll-up zip curtain to the forward berths.

Heads
Accommodation plan
Saloon forward

Saloon headroom is 6' 0" maximum, lowering forward. The saloon settee berths are 6' 0" long, with an infill making the port side into a small double. Aft of the chart table is a quarterberth 6' 4" long.

Saloon with table folded away

The owners have removed the original large double-flap central table to open out the saloon space, though the original table is stored ashore and could easily be refitted. The table shown here is a folding table that clips to the mast and stows away quickly when not needed.

Saloon looking aft
Galley

The galley has two iceboxes and a single sink, plus a gimballed two-burner, grill and oven cooker.
There is pressurised cold water to galley and heads sinks. There is Eberspacher blown hot-air diesel heating for the cabin.

Galley detail
Quarterberth
Chart table
Chart table switchpanel
Engine
Moored port side
Under sail

Under sail

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....

Deck
Foredeck
Bow detail

Yachtsnet photographs
all September 2016

Rig
Deck aft
Coachroof
Cockpit
Cockpit from starboard side
Cockpit forward
Cockpit instruments
Cockpit cushions
Cockpit cover

Photographs Yachtsnet September 2016

Motoring

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.

Equipment List:

Engine details

Beta BD662 3-cylinder diesel, freshwater cooled, (new gearbox 2008), shaft drive.

Fuel tank capacity

10 gallons approx

Propeller

Featherstream 3-bladed feathering prop, new 2015 with new shaft and stern tube bearing

Batteries

95Ah domestic battery (new 2015) and 110Ah engine start battery.

Battery charging/electrics

Engine alternator with split charge relay and switchable voltmeter. New battery charger 2014.

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Sloop rig, single spreader Kemp alloy mast, boom and rod kicker. S/S standing rigging renewed 2008. Navtec hydraulic backstay adjuster. All halliards and reefing lines led back to cockpit except for genoa halliard.

Mainsail

Sanders Sails slab reefing mainsail - 2008

Genoa

Sanders Sails roller genoa - 2008

Genoa furling

Harken Mark IV genoa furler - installed 2008

Spinnakers

Two spinnakers - one heavy in turtle, and one lightweight in turtle (light spinnaker new 2015). Spinnaker pole and jockey pole.

Storm jib

Unused

Other sails

2 x mainsails and one hank-on No 1 genoa

Primary winches

2 x Lewmar 43 two-speed self-tailing

Secondary winches

2 x Lewmar 8

Halliard/reefing winches

2 x Lewmar 16 on coachroof (one self-tailing), and 1 x Lewmar 6 and 1 x Lewmar 8 on mast.

Bower anchor

Delta anchor with 40 metres chain and 40 metres anchorplait - all new 2015

Kedge anchors

CQR with warp

Steering

Tiller

Autopilot

Raymarine ST6002 tiller pilot - new 2010

Steering compass

Twin Plastimo Contest bulkhead compasses

Warps & fenders

5 warps and 5 fenders

Miscellaneous

Cockpit sprayhood, cockpit tonneau cover, cockpit cushions, mainsail cover, fender skirt

Navigation Equipment and instruments

GPS/Chartplotter

Raymarine E7 Hybrid touch screen chartplotter/MFD - new 2015

Log/speed

Raymarine i70 multifunction (two displays on hatch garage in cockpit, one at chart table) - all new 2015

Depth sounder

Raymarine i70 - as above

Windspeed/direction

Raymarine i70 - as above

VHF radio

Standard Horizon GX2200E DSC VHF with built-in GPS and AIS receiver - new 2015

AIS

From GX2200E - displays on VHF and on chartplotter

Navtex

ICS Nav 6 Plus Navtex

Safety/emergency equipment

Lifebuoy

Horseshoe with light and drogue

MOB equipment

MOB rescue unit (similar to Lifesling)

Jackstays

Adjustable webbing jackstays - new 2015

Radar reflector

Yes

Bilge pumps

Manual pump and auto/manual electric pump (new 2015)

Fire extinguishers

Three extinguishers - all new 2014

Miscellaneous

CO2 alarm, gas alarm (new 2016), foghorn,anchor ball and motoring cone.

Interior

Cabin layout

Forecabin, heads, saloon

Cabin heating

Eberspacher blown hot-air diesel heating

Berths

max 6

Water tank capacity

Two tanks: 50 litre tank under saloon floor, plus approx 100 litre tank under forepeak berths. Tanks interconnected.

Cooker

Plastimo Neptune two-burner, grill and oven

Coolbox

Two coolboxes

Heads

Jabsco

These particulars are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.

For further information or to arrange a viewing,

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The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not a part of any contract or offer, and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be conducted via Yachtsnet Ltd., who are acting as brokers for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars, and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical checks or tests

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