Contessa 32

Fully refitted 2017-19
  • Boat REF#  ·  270721
  • Length  ·  9.75m
  • Year  ·  1978
  • Construction  ·  GRP
  • Underwater profile  ·  Fin
  • Sleeping berths  ·  6
  • Engine  ·  1 x diesel 20hp, Beta BD722 (1998)
  • Lying  ·  Isle of Wight
Boatshed IOW
Boatshed IOW
Corinne Gillard

Extra Details

Designer David Sadler
Builder Jeremy Rogers
Lying Isle of Wight
Fuel capacity 45.0 ltr (9.9 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 55.0 ltr (12.1 USG) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x diesel 20hp
Engine make and model Beta BD722 (1998)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Tiller
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) Draglow Folding prop
Fuel consumption (approx) 1.3 ltr (0.3 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 6 knots
Engine spares

Exhaust elbow and pipework replaced 2018
Gearbox replaced 2018
Rudder and Cutlass bearing replaced (by Jeremy Rogers) 2017
New Domestic and Engine batteries 2018
Completely rewired (including mast wiring), new switch panels etc 2017/18
All lighting replaced with LED


Length 9.75m
LWL 7.31m
Beam 2.89m
Draft Max 1.67m
Airdraft 13.00m
Displacement 4,317kg (9,519.0lbs)
Headroom 1.85m
Storage On marina


Sloop rigged Selden Aluminium spars (1997) with Stainless Steel standing rigging (2019)


Reefing mainsail Sanders - Slab (2013) 3 Reefs
Headsail Sanders - Furling (2013)
Other sails No. 1 Genoa (unknown year)
Storm Jib (unknown year)
Spinnaker (unknown year)
Spare main (old) (unknown year)
Spare jib (old) (unknown year)
Spinnaker gear

New standing rigging (by Spencers) in 2019, Backstay 2018
New running rigging 2017 / 18
New guardwires (Spencers) 2017
New Sprayhood and Mainsail Cover (Sanders) 2017

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Gelcoat finish

New forward hatch 2017
All windows replaced (by Jeremy Rogers) 2017
All Stanchions and other deck gear removed and resealed 2017
Hull gritblasted back to West System Epoxy layer 2017


Total # of berths 6
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 2
Sink 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)

New cooker and gas pipework 2017, current gas test certificate good til May 2020
All new upholstery (Sanders). New foam and Sunbrella covers, 2017
All heads and galley pipework and pumps replaced 2017/18
New galley sink 2018
New flexible water tank in port locker 2018

2 burner propane Stove


Manual water system

New cooker and gas pipework 2017, current gas test certificate good til May 2020
All new upholstery (Sanders). New foam and Sunbrella covers, 2017
All heads and galley pipework and pumps replaced 2017/18
New galley sink 2018
New flexible water tank in port locker 2018

2 burner propane Stove

Deck Gear

Sail cover
Instrument Covers

3 halyard winches
4 sheet winches
1 anchors
(CQR 15kg)
20.00m of chain
20.00m of rode

Nav Equipment

VHF DSC radio
Navigation lights
AIS Receiver
Depth sounder

New Icom DSC VHF 2017
All new Nasamarine Clipper instruments 2018
New AIS Receiver (Quark Elec) broadcasts AIS data on Wifi

Safety Equipment

Life buoys

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 electric)

Life Raft serviced December 2019 (by Seago). Valid until 2022

Broker's Comments

The Contessa 32 is probably one of the best known and best loved offshore cruising boats there is. Designed by David Sadler and built by Jeremy Rogers (they are still in build now) they have an iconic quality that is rightly earned.

They sail well, have fantastic seakeeping qualities and just look beautiful. Down below they are laid out traditionally, everything is in the right place for being at sea making them a safe and practical cruising boat for single-handers and families alike. She'll look after you all

This particular CO32 was an absolute delight to step aboard. She's smart, clear and bright on deck and clean and fresh below. Although still very much an original boat she's had lots of replacements and upgrades through her lifetime, mast, rigging and engine as well as upholstery and sails.

A beautiful example of a fantastic design. And she's in the water and waiting to be sailed away.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Contessa 32 has been personally photographed and viewed by Corinne Gillard of Boatshed IOW. Click here for contact details.

Owners FAQ's

How long have you owned the boat for?

3 years

Why are you selling her?

Buying a larger boat

Where have you sailed her?

UK, Channel Islands, Brittany

The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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