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32' 1982 Contessa 32***SOLD***

Type: Sailboat
Year: 1982
Make: Contessa
Model: 32***SOLD***
Length: 32'
Status: Sold
Price: $ 29,900
Location: Bellevillle, ON
Date Posted: 2015-11-04
Broker Email: adrian@kingstonyachtsales.com

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Released in 1971, the Contessa 32 is a sea kindly cruiser/racer with a proven blue water track record and good all-round sailing performance. Built by Jeremy Rogers Boatyard in the UK, the boat is the successful big sister of the popular little Contessa 26 that entered the boat scene five years prior. Designed by the same duo of David Sadler and Jeremy Rogers, the eye-catching Contessa 32 is more than just a big version of her folkboat-inspired sibling. Like the 26, she brings speed, seaworthiness and affordability to the table but her design is an interesting mix of the old and the new by combining the traditional narrow beamed, full ballasted hull of the english cutter with the fin keel and skeg of more modern racing yachts, a novel configuration at that time.

Her reputation was no doubt aided by a tale of her survival in the disastrous gale-whipped 1979 Fastnet Race around Britain in which she was the only entrant in the smallest class of 58 boats to escape unscathed. Over 700 boats have been built in the UK, 87 in Canada.

ARGUABLY ONE OF THE MOST SEA WORTHY CRUISERS EVER PRODUCED! Same owner for 27 years!  This vessel is a classic that needs a new home.  Sadly the owners need her to move on to a new crew.  BRING ALL OFFER.  Will need some TLC.


Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

LOA: 32 ft 0 in
Beam: 9 ft 6 in
Maximum Draft: 5 ft 6 in
Ballast: 4500 lbs
Dry Weight: 9500 lbs



Contessa 32' Sloop. Built by J. J. Taylor and Sons, Ltd.   Hull Number:   ZJT02-046/10/82


Hull: Colour White - Number 46


(To be sold in ‘As is’ condition)


1. Main sails: (Two sails, one is a full batten sail)
2. Genoas: 170%, 150%, & 135%
3. Cruising Spinnaker (AKA - Drifter or Gennaker)
4. Storm: Jib & Trysail

(Note 1: Storm jib has a wire stitched into its luff and is secured to the foredeck by two bridles and deck padeyes.
It is equipped with luff hanks which can be hooked onto a pseudo-babystay to facilitate raising the sail.
The Storm Jib sail is fractionally rigged).

(Note 2: The trysail is attached to the mast by means of a separate track affixed to the mast).

(Note 3: The mainsail sheeting is an ‘Easymatic’ two speed (3 part and 6 part mechanical advantage) system.


Mast: - Front and Back stays (Front stay is equipped with ‘Harken Furling System’)
- Upper, Forward and Lower shrouds.
(Note: Shrouds are 5/16 inch wire)

- Spare set of 1/4 inch shrouds.

Deck: - Boom Vang (Rope – 6 part block and tackle)
- Preventer (rope – port and starboard c/w shackles)
- Winches Mainsail: Maxwell 20
Foresail: Maxwell 22
Genoa: Maxwell 24 (x two: with “Wincher #3” rubber rings)
Gennaker: Barlow 19 (x two)
-Traveller Harken (mounted athwart-ship, immediately aft of companion way)

-Lead Tracks Genoa and Gennaker (manual adjustment)


1. Wheel (C/W emergency steering handle)
2. Hydravane Wind Steering System (C/W spare sail and spare auxiliary rudder)
3. Autohelm 4000 (Auto compass steering)


1. GPS - Fixed Station: Micrologic ML-250 (C/W fixed antenna)
- Hand Held: Trimble (C/W fixed antenna, power adapter, and boat power adapter)
2. Radar - Autohelm ST50 Plus (antenna is mounted atop a 7 foot pole located at the port quarter)

3. Radio - VHF (25 watt: masthead antenna)

4. Instruments- Digital speed log (SL50) and digital depth sounder (DS50)
(manufactured by ‘STANDARD COMUNICATIONS’)


Bukh diesel engine type DV 10/20 (20 HP)

Winter Storage:

1. Cradle (Steel, folding)
2. Fitted canvas cover over an aluminium tube frame.


Mast steps, Whisker pole, S-Bar heater, Anchor windlass.
Two anchors (CQR’s – one 35 lb with 70 ft chain and 100 ft rope and one 25 lb with 100 ft rope).
Cooking stove (kerosene – 2 burner and oven).
BBQ kettle (propane).
Cockpit aprons, Cockpit cushions.
Drogue (parachute type)
Man overboard sling (cw block and tackle) and pole. Life ring (round, 24 inch).
Bilge pump (Attwood: Guardian 500 Automatic).
Batteries (2xHouse and 1xEngine cranking c/w shore-side battery charger).
Tethers (x two) and fore-aft (port and starboard) safety lines.
Bosun’s chair.
Lights: Portable ‘Man-overboard’ and ‘Anchor’.
Refrigeration (12 volt system).
Dock lines: Typical ‘Finger Dock’ lines and ‘Mediterranean Dock’ lines.
Wind dodger (Fitted canvas cover over an aluminium tube frame).

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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