Contessa 32 For Sale - £27,000
Vital Statistics of the Contessa 32
LWL 7.32 metres (approx. 24.02 feet) Beam 2.90 metres (approx. 9.51 feet) Draft 1.68 metres (approx. 5.51 feet) Displacement 4,309 kilograms (approx. 4.3 tonnes)
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This Contessa 32 is for sale for £27,000
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Short Description of the Contessa 32
Contessa 32 (number 396) sail number IRL 120. Built Dec 1973, launched in 1974.
A good example of a timeless classic cruiser/racer, this Contessa 32 has been carefully maintained and improved with new windows, a new cockpit, new Lewmar 45ST mainsheet winches, new toe rail, new windows, new Raymarine Elements navigation system and AIS transponder, new Darglow Featherstream propeller and new mainsheet traveller with increased gearing. The hull was vinyl wrapped in autumn 2022 in 3M boat blue; it looks beautiful, is easy to repair if needed (spare material provided) and lasts as long as a painted hull. Other work and upgrades include new tiller, new rudder bearings, new batteries, new sprayhood and additional solar panel with charge controller fitted in 2020; and, new water purifier and new starter motor in 2023.
Badger of Baltimore offers many more years of sailing and is ready to go with no work needed to make her watertight (we removed annoying drips and leaks) and as safe and easy to sail as practicable. Badger benefits from Coppercoat anti-fouling, which is more environmentally friendly than traditional anti-fouling and is easy to keep clean.
GRP hull, deck and superstructure.
Long keel and skeg hung rudder (new rudder bearings 2019) Tiller steering (new Jeremy Rogers tiller 2019) with teal UV cover.
The hull was originally blue gel coat; the topsides were painted blue in 1999 and the deck pale blue in 2000. The hull below the waterline was taken back to the epoxy layer in 2006 and CopperCoat applied. The CopperCoat was repaired and re-applied in 2018. The coffee and cream coach roof and deck colour scheme was painted in 2017. A 3M Boat Blue topsides vinyl wrap was completed in 2022.
New windows were fitted in 2019. New deck ventilators and seals fitted (2019). Hull (pear) and engine (pencil) anodes (new 2022). All seacocks are brass (serviced annually).
Engines & Propulsion
Yanmar 2GM20 (2 cylinder 18 HP) diesel engine 1996, overhauled and rebuilt 2016. Serviced annually with new filters, oil, anodes etc.
Sea water-cooled (new exhaust section 2019)
Shaft drive to propeller (Darglow Featherstream 3-blade, new 2019), serviced annually with Darglow grease and new anode.
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The Electrical Systems of this Contessa 32 - 2 x Powermax 110Ah batteries (new 2020), 1 x 75Ah 550 CA starter battery (2017) – both fused with isolator switches.
Sterling Power 0v drop Prosplit R alternator to battery charger (new 2020)
Sterling 12v 20A battery charger (from mains 240v AC)
Victron MPPT solar charge controller for 2 solar panels (1 x 24W mounted on coach roof, 1 x 60W swivel mounted on pushpit) new in 2020.
Main fuse panel and AC panel with RCD, 2 x 13 A sockets, 2 x 5vDC sockets.
Navigation & Performance Systems
Systems are integrated on NMEA 2K backbone
Raymarine Elements 9 chart plotter with Navionics Europe charts (new 2020) with independent GPS feed.
Vesper Watchmate Vision2 AIS class B transponder (new 2020) with collision alert, anchor watch (move and depth), wind alert and man overboard tracker (we use MOB devices).
Raymarine ST60 depth display (through hull transducer).
Raymarine ST60 wind speed/direction and close hauled display.
Raymarine ST60 boat speed (through-hull impeller in the heads).
Raymarine ST4000 Autopilot.
Garmin 152 GPS.
Standard Horizon GX2200 main VHF radio with DSC (linked to Garmin 152 GPS) with masthead antenna.
Vesper Marine SP160 VHF AIS splitter (for mast head aerial).
ICOM hand held VHF radio (with mains charger, new 2019).
2 Contest 130 compasses.
Charts new in 2020 – Admiralty UK and ROI folios SC5604, inc the Ch Is; Imray folios 2300 (Dorset/Devon) and 2400 (West Country).
Shell Channel Pilot 2020.
Adlard Coles book of navigation (2020)
Marine binoculars (7x50 with internal bearing indicator, new 2019)
Handheld bearing compass (new 2019).
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Tiller extension handle.
3 winch handles.
Automatic bilge pump (Rule float switch with Water Witch electronic backup, new 2020).
Whale Gusher manual bilge pump (serviced with new parts 2021).
Warps (a mix of types and lengths for main bow/stern and springs, some new 2019); 2 Unimer U-cleat compensators; 6 fenders (some new 2021); 1 large round balloon fender.
Guardwires, pulpit and pushpit (with outboard motor mount).
Anchor/motoring ball and cone.
Flat pack hose (drinking water).
Detached anchor light (hangs from fore-triangle, plugs in to 5vDC socket).
Red ensign on teak staff (fits in a stainless steel socket on taff rail).
Deck brush, 2 buckets.
5 gallon jerry can for diesel; large filter funnel for when using the jerry can.
Lubricants for engine, gearbox, winches, tracks and seacocks.
Spare filters, belts, various servicing kits, electric connectors, shrink wraps etc.
LED navigation lights to 20 mile specification (not just LED bulbs).
Danbuoy and holder (new danbouy flag and flag holder 2020).
One horseshoe lifebuoy with floating, water-activated light.
Floating throw line.
MoB recovery sling.
Electronic flare(s) (2019).
Light/smoke flares (coastal pack 2019) and 2 white smoke flares (now out of date).
Webbing jackstays (new 2019) – mounts on quarterdeck and foredeck; D rings in cockpit.
1 x Fire blanket.
3 x Fire extinguishers (plus engine bay automatic extinguisher, not yet fitted).
Emergency boarding ladder.
Echomax radar reflector (mast mounted).
Ecoblast air powered fog horn with pump.
Set of softwood bungs and hull plywood panels; 1 Forespar foam emergency plug.
Heavy duty bolt/wire croppers.
Stainless steel fuel tank - 50 L (deep cleaned 2017)
Keel GRP water tank (50L) installed in 1998 with new General Ecology NaturePureQC (0.4 micron filter) drinking water purification system in 2023. Water system cleaned annually with Puriclean.
10kg Rocna anchor with 12m chain (8mm) and 30m warp; deployed from bow anchor locker over roller plate.
CQR 9kg kedge anchor with 10m chain and 50m Octoplait rope in a carry basket
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Rigging & Winches
Rigging & Winches equipped on this Contessa 32 - Mast-head sloop-rigged with hydraulic adjustable back stay (serviced 2019).
Aluminium mast and spars (z-spars 1999).
Stainless steel standing rigging (2011) with removable inner forestay.
Running rigging (some new lines 2019); slab mainsail reefing (new reefing lines 2019).
Harken Mk4 twin slot furler for genoa; new furling line clutch and fairlead (2020).
Spinnaker pole (up and down-haul new 2020), mast mounted; jockey pole.
Two Lewmar 45 self-tailing two-speed genoa sheet winches (new 2019)
Four Lewmar 8 winches.
Sails of the Contessa 32 - Sanders cruising mainsail (2002) with teal UV cover.
Sanders Vectran (cruising) 130% roller-furling genoa (2011) with teal UV strip.
Sanders tri-radial spinnaker (2000).
Small cruising spinnaker with snuffer.
No 4 genoa (hanks onto removable forestay, 2001).
Sanders storm jib (hanks onto removable inner forestay 2001).
Single genoa sheet (14mm single sheet, new 2019), spinnaker sheets, various ropes including light weight spinnaker sheets.
Clutches are mounted on either side of the companionway for easy access and control of halyards, reefing lines..
General - Sleeps 5 across forward v-cabin (2), saloon (2) and starboard quarterberth (1)
Heads with w.c., handbasin and shower head. Galley. Woodwork is predominantly teak throughout. All light bulbs are low power (but bright) LED.
Galley: The galley was rebuilt in 1999 in teak and iroko wood and includes: Techimpex s/s cooker (2 burner, grill, oven)1 + ½ s/s sinks with mixer tap for pressurised (electric pump) hot/cold/drinking water (drinking water through a Nature Pure filter), electric waste water pump, foot operated fresh water pump backup, fridge, work surfaces and plenty of storage.
Pressurised hot water system, heated by calorifier (240v shore power).
We offer you the galley fitted out with mugs, bowls, plastic glasses, plates, cutlery, utensils and pans.
Navigation station: The nav station sits forward of the quarterberth on the starboard side with chart plotter (visible from the cockpit with the companion way open), AIS, main radio and GPS. The table is a half size Admiralty chart with white and red lighting. The fuse panel is adjacent for navigation light and other controls. 2 x bin storage for hand held radio, books, compass binoculars (new 2019), winch handles etc. Cupboard storage below the chart table.
Main cabin: The main cabin was reupholstered in 2007 (Decal Regal red). Single berth to starboard; single berth to port converts to double with infill. Storage under each berth and behind back panels. Lee cloths on each side. Main cabin floor was rebuilt in 6mm iroko strips on marine ply and lowered (from the standard CO32 height) in 1998. Good hand holds throughout the cabin. Surfaces are cleaned and maintained with varnish on a regular basis. The table is fixed with two lock-out leaves and has central bottle storage.
Heads: The heads are on the port side forward of the main cabin bulkhead and comprise a Blakes Lavac marine toilet, pull-out s/s sink with pressurised hot and cold water, a shower mixer tap and storage cupboards. The wet locker is opposite.
Forward cabin: The forward cabin is a v-berth for two with the deck hatch overhead. The sails are stored under-berth.
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Owner's Comments of the Contessa 32
We bought BoB as a sound example of a CO32 and have invested heavily in ensuring she is watertight, comfortable, easy to handle and with enhanced navigation and safety features.
Currently moored on the Beaulieu River, this Contessa 32 can be viewed at short notice 7 days a week.
Contessa 32 For Sale is lying in Beaulieu, nr Lymington, UK. At 9.75 metres (approx. 31.99 feet) this Contessa is a bargain at £27,000.
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