Contessa 32 For Sale - £34,500

Vital Statistics of the Contessa 32

Manufacturer / Model:
Contessa 32
£34,500 (approx. €39,949 or $46,583)
This Contessa 32 is For Sale
Tax Not Applicable
Single Diesel
Type of Boat:
Sail Boat
Manufactured In:
1974, Jeremy Rogers Ltd, UK
Hull Material:
Keel type:
Lying In:
Beaulieu, nr Lymington, UK
Designed By:
David Sadler
LOA 9.75 metres (approx. 31.99 feet)
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)
Tank Capacities:
Fuel 50 litres (approx. 13.2 gallons)
Water 50 litres (approx. 13.2 gallons) ID:

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Short Description of the Contessa 32

Contessa 32 (number 396) sail number IRL 120 launched in 1974.

An excellent example of the timeless classic cruiser/racer, this Contessa 32 has been carefully maintained and improved during her current ownership with a new cockpit, new toe rail, new windows, new navigation system and AIS transponder, new Darglow Featherstream propeller, new main winches and new mainsheet traveller with increased gearing. Other work and upgrades include new rudder bearings, new batteries and new sprayhood in 2020, an additional solar panel and new electric wiring. Badger of Baltimore offers many more years of sailing and is ready to go with no work needed to make her watertight (we removed all the 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 and the topsides also blue; the topsides were painted blue in 1999 and the deck original pale blue in 2000. The hull 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.

New windows were fitted in 2019.
New deck ventilators and seals fitted (2019)
Darglow Featherstream 3-bladed propeller (new 2019).

Hull (pear) and engine (pencil) anodes (new 2021).
All seacocks are brass (serviced annually).

Engines & Propulsion

Yanmar 2GM20 (2 cylinder 18 HP) diesel engine 1996, overhauled and rebuilt 2016.
Sea water-cooled (new exhaust section 2019)
Shaft drive to propeller (Darglow Featherstream 3-blade, new 2019)

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Electrical Systems

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

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)

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General Equipment

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)
Bosun’s chair
Detached anchor light (hangs from fore-triangle, plugs in to 5vDC socket)
Red ensign on staff (stainless steel socket on taff rail)
Deck brush, 2 buckets
5 gallon jerry can for diesel.

LED navigation lights to 20m 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)
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)
Fog horn
Set of softwood bungs and hull plywood panels; 1 Forespar foam emergency plug
CO sensor
Spare fuses, tools, sail repair tape, sailmakers palm/needle/thread, webbing tape.

Stainless steel fuel tank - 50 L (deep cleaned 2017)
Keel GRP water tank (50L) installed in 1998 with drinking water filter system (filter changed and tank cleaned annually).

10kg Rocna anchor with 12m chain and 30m warp; deployed from bow anchor locker over roller plate.
9kg kedge anchor with 10m chain and (?m) warp in 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)
Removable inner forestay
Aluminium mast and spars (z-spars 1999)
Stainless steel standing rigging (2011)
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)
Jockey pole
Spinnaker pole (up and down-haul new 2020)

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)
Spare main
Small cruising spinnaker with snuffer
No 4 genoa (hanks onto removable forestay, 2001)
Sanders tri-radial lightweight spinnaker (2000)
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.


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

Owners’ comments
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 £34,500.

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