Wonderful example of these highly desirable offshore sailing yachts. Built in 1973 by Jeremy Rogers to a David Sadler design. This yacht under went a refit between 2012 and 2016 when she was completely resprayed, inside and out, her internals were reupholstered and varnished and her rigging was replaced. Keel stepped spars replaced in 2006. Sail wardrobe by JKA sails including slab reefing main, roller furling genoa, No3 jib and spinnaker. Electronics include wireless Raymarine Tack-Tic wind speed and depth instruments.
Below decks is in excellent condition. The interior is smart, clean and bright. The refit has maintained a classic feel and kept the Contessa DNA. The woodwork is varnished and the upholstery is a comfortable and finished in a blue treated fabric. She 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 pilot berth situated here if required. Opposite chart table is the galley featuring stainless steel sink, pressurised fresh water, Bainbridge Neptune 4500 gas cooker with 2-burner hob, oven and grill. There is a plug in electric cool box for perishables. Forward of the galley is a U-shaped seating area with central table. This area can convert to a double if required. 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 Jabsco sea toilet and pull out sink with vanity unit above. Forward cabin with double berth and opening roof hatch. Sliding door to isolate saloon from heads and fore peak. 12V lighting throughout. Clock and barometer set in traditional brass.
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. This particular example has a smart navy blue painted hull, a reliable, although original SAAB inboard diesel and a decent set of sails by JKA. The Genoa has a new UV strip. The vessel was professionally refitted between 2012 and 2016. All deck fittings were removed before she had her decks and coachroof resprayed. Internally she was gutted and all furniture revarnished and her upholstery replaced. Construction
GRP constructed yacht with navy blue painted topsides with white decoration and white coach roof. 1.68M draft fin keel with skeg mounted rudder and tiller steering. 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. These were all replaced in 2016. Stainless steel bow and stern rails joined by stanchions and guardwires. Raised accommodation deck with new port lights either side and new opening deck hatches for ventilation. Teak capping rails around bulwark and transom. Teak grab rails on cochroof.Engine & Electrics
Vessel powered by a reliable and economical SAAB inboard diesel engine. Engine is original and has been well maintained. Vessel cruises at 5 knots under engine at 2000rpm. Most recent service in March 2019 but has not worked in anger since. Oil is clean. Reduction gearbox driving a 2 bladed fixed propeller protected by skeg. Bank of 2x 12V batteries fitted with a isolators. The batteries are recharged via the engine alternator or onboard battery charger. Shore power cable..Sails & Rigging
Masthead, sloop rigged yacht with keel stepped anodised aluminium spars by Z-Spars. The mast was replaced in 2006. Stainless steel standing rigging with wheel style back stay tensioner. Standing rigging replaced during the refit and not launched until 2016. Terylene running rigging, with the majority led aft to helm. Coachroof mounted, Lewmar ST halyard winches, cockpit mounted, Lewmar ST genoa sheet and spinnaker halyard winches. Boom mounted mainsail with 3 reefing points. Sail cover and boot in navy blue to match sprayhood and dodgers. NEW roller furling headsail system by Profurl. Sails include a slab reefing main, a roller furling headsail with NEW UV strip, a No3 Jib and a spinnaker.