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Sadler 32


ashore Hampshire


Fortuna Boat Builders (manufacturers of glassfibre yachts), Cape Town, South Africa.


launched 1990




31' 6"

Sail area

believed 423 sq ft.

Brief details


24' 0"


Masthead sloop

This is a late built and very good example of this class of yacht, offering an excellent combination of performance and seaworthiness. She was built by Fortuna Yachts in South Africa under licence. Moulded in 1987 and launched in 1990, by 1993 she was in the UK. She is Part I registered and has a VAT paid confirmation from the UK HMRC. After 20 years in the same ownership and South coast family cruising she is now up for sale.


10' 6"


Forecabin and saloon


5' 7"




9,500 lbs


Vetus diesel


4,200 lbs



Keel type

Iron fin keel with skeg-hung rudder


David Sadler was the designer of the famously seaworthy and competitive Contessa 32 built by Jeremy Rogers. Both the Contessa 32 and the Sadler 32 have established a reputation as tough, go-anywhere yachts and both designs survived the infamous 1979 Fastnet Race; which saw 194 retirements, 24 boats abandoned and 15 deaths. In designing the successor to the Contessa he wanted to create a boat just as seaworthy, but with a more modern hull-form to provide greater internal accommodation, better storage and larger cockpit. The result was the Sadler 32. In comparison to the Contessa 32, the Sadler 32 is six inches shorter, but with improved beam and higher freeboard, providing improved space and a drier sail.

The Sadler 32 has a single skin GRP hull with a moulded grp headlining throughout, creating an air gap between the inner and outer skin which helps to keep the interior cooler in summer and warmer in winter. This also avoids droopy headlinings often found on other boats. The exterior moulded grp deck is textured, making it relatively non-slip when wet with wide decks for access forward. The steel trapezoidal bolted-on keel is secured with many very substantial stainless steel bolts and has a flat bottom enabling easy drying out.

David Sadler designed a comprehensive range of boats, including the Contessa 32, Sadler 25, 32 and worked with his son Martin on the Sadler 26 and 34.  About 300 Sadler 32s were built by Sadler in the UK over a ten year period from 1979 to 1989 and a few were also built later in the UK by other builders including Mike Slack. A number of Sadler 32’s were also produced in South Africa, providing capable yachts for sailing in their challenging coastal waters. This particular yacht was launched and registered in 1990 (with the hull being moulded in 1987) and is well built and cared for. Attractive teak and hardwood interior joinery and an impressive laminated wooden tiller attest to the care exercised in making this particular boat. In general South African built boats have a good reputation: they have to be well built as wind and sea conditions off the South African coast are generally considerably tougher than those in the UK.

Sadler 32 for sale - owners photo

"Yachting Monthly" in November 2009 described the Sadler 32 as ".... a boat that can be sailed hard and will keep you safe in adverse conditions. She’s drier than a Contessa in a seaway and sails better dead downwind. She’s also a more rewarding boat to gently cruise in light airs and more comfortable in harbour or at anchor, with a family-orientated cabin layout and extra interior volume."

Sadler 32 for sale

Yachtsnet photographs June and August 2022

Ashore port
Owners photo
Go to selected larger photos
Bow detail

'Kombu' is easily handled shorthanded  The boat has Lewmar 40 self tailing genoa winches, Lewmar 16 ancillary winches and an Autohelm 2000. All control lines are led aft, making it safer and simpler to reef from the cockpit when conditions get rough.

Deck aft
Owners photo Rig
Cockpit forward
Owners photo

It’s a boat equally suited to ‘go-anywhere’ cruising or safe family sailing, good at sea and in port. Aided by a keel with 40% ballast ratio it takes heavy weather in its stride and leans over very little in strong winds, to the delight of most crew!

Cutaway drawing
Forecabin as double

The forecabin berths have an extra cushion layer under the original berth cushions.



June 2022

Accommodation plan

The port saloon settee can be converted into a double with an infill piece and cushions.

Saloon forward

Saloon aft
Chart table



June 2022

Ashore June 2022
Ashore August 2022
Owners photo


Engine details

Vetus M3.10 22 bhp diesel, freshwater cooled, run 1,346 hours (based on Mitsubishi K series base engine)

Fuel tank capacity

approx 95 litres in GRP tank


Three bladed with "Stripper" ropecutter


2 x 80AH services batteries and 65AH engine start battery, all new 2021

Battery charging/electrics

Engine alternator with Blue Seas split charge unit and Newmar shorepower battery charger

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Sloop rig, Bellamy aluminium spars with S/S standing rigging from 2002


Doyle fully battened mainsail with stackpack type cover with lazyjacks. Twin line reefing with three reefs with all controls led back to cockpit.


Doyle foam 140% luff roller genoa

Genoa furling


Storm jib

Hank on

Primary winches

2 x Lewmar 40 self-tailing

Secondary winches

3 x Lewmar 16 on coachroof

Bower anchor

11 Kg Plastimo plough type with 29 metres 10mm chain

Kedge anchors

Danforth type with 3 metres 8mm chain and 45 metres octoplait 14mm warp, also grapnel type as dinghy anchor.


Tiller with Ronstan tiller extension


Autohelm ST2000 tiller pilot

Steering compass

2 x Plastimo Contest bulkhead compasses

Warps & fenders

Many warps and 10 fenders


Sprayhood, forehatch cover. Spinnaker gear and pole - but no spinnaker itself

Navigation Equipment and instruments


JRC 1500 monochrome LCD radar


Garmin GPS 128


Stowe Navigator

Depth sounder

Stowe Navsounder



VHF radio

Icom IC-M55 non-DSC with cockpit speaker, masthead and also emergency portable VHF aerials

VHF radio (handheld)


Icom handheld - available by separate negotiation



Fujinon WPC-XL Mariner 7x50 compass binoculars - available by separate negotiation


NASA Clipper Navtex

Radio receiver

Blaupunkt Calgary radio/CD/MP3 player

Safety/emergency equipment


ACR Globalfix V4 EPIRB - ten year battery life - new 2021


Horseshoe with drogue, floating light and danbuoy

Radar reflector

Mast mounted Firdell Blipper

Bilge pumps

2 x Whale manual pumps and one auto-electric pump

Fire extinguishers

2 x dry powder (new 2021 with 5 year guarantee/life) and fire blanket


Throw line, webbing jackstays,


Cabin layout

Forecabin, heads and saloon


6 (two with leecloths). Saloon port berth can convert to double.

Water tank capacity

2 x GRP tanks with crossover valve, total approx 60 gallons. Hot water from engine calorifier. Pressurised supply with Pureflo filter to cold supply. Also seawater hand pump to galley sink.


Plastimo Atlantic 2-burner, grill and oven


Coolbox with Waeco Coolmatic refrigeration







Compass 'Kudos' hypalon 2.6M airdeck inflatable


Tohatsu 3.5 hp two-stroke



Available by separate negotiation

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,

please contact Yachtsnet on 01326-212234


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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