Contessa 32

  • Boat REF#  ·  325563
  • Length  ·  9.75m
  • Year  ·  1989
  • Construction  ·  GRP
  • Underwater profile  ·  Fin
  • Sleeping berths  ·  6
  • Engine  ·  1 x diesel 20hp, Beta Marine BD20 (2003)
  • Lying  ·  Gosport
Boatshed Portsmouth
Boatshed Portsmouth
Samantha Cassell

Extra Details

Designer David Sadler
Builder Mike Slack, Great Yarmouth
Lying Gosport


Engine 1 x diesel 20hp
Engine make and model Beta Marine BD20 (2003)
Engine Hours engine1= 1980
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering tiller
Drive shaft
Prop(s) Darglow Feathering
Fuel consumption (approx) 1.5 ltr (0.3 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 6 knots
Engine spares

The Darglow Feathering prop was only fitted in 2018

The boat does not have a permanently wired 240 volt system. The current owner uses a shore power lead and portable battery charger to keep house and engine batteries charged when alongside. These items are old and need replacing and will not included with the boat


Length 9.75m
LWL 7.31m
Beam 2.90m
Draft Min 1.65m
Draft Max 1.65m
Airdraft 13.00m
Displacement 4,300kg (9,481.5lbs)
Headroom 1.85m
Storage Ashore


Sloop rigged Kemp Aluminium spars (1989) with Stainless Steel standing rigging (2013)


Reefing mainsail Sanders - Slab (2002) Lazy Jacks, 3 Reefs
Headsail Sanders No.2 Genoa - Furling (2002)
Other sails Sanders No. 1 Racing Genoa (2002)
Sanders No. 3 Working Jib (1989)
Storm Jib ()
Spinnaker ()
Spinnaker gear

The standing rigging and headsail furler were replaced in 2013 and included an emergency inner forestay and stainless steel Highfield lever

The No1 Racing Genoa has rarely been used. It needs some minor alteration to fit the replacement headsail furler that was fitted in 2013

Owner thinks the Spinnaker probably dates to around 2000 and has been used only 3 or 4 times by the current owner

The inventory includes a spinnaker pole and a jockey pole with associated lines and blocks

The Genoa winches are self tailing and also port and stbd sided which is not common.

Headsails are roller reefing. Main is slab reefing controlled at the mast. Sail has 3 reefing points but there are only 2 lines so have to rig 1&2 or 2&3. Can be changed without dropping the sail.

Only lines currently run back to cockpit are Genoa halyards x 2, topping lift, main outhaul, vang and spinnaker x 2

Electrical Systems

12 volt battery, 3 batteries charged by: engine, shore power


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Gelcoat finish


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

2 burner propane Stove


Manual water system

2 burner propane Stove

Deck Gear

Sail cover
Swim Ladder

4 halyard winches
4 sheet winches
Electric Lewmar windlass
2 anchors
(Delta 10 Kg, Delta 7kg)
Wetline dinghy ()
3.3hp outboard, Mariner, Short shaft ()
Delta 10 Kg plus 40m chain
Delta 7kg plus 5m chain

The electric windlass was fitted in 2022 so has only been lightly used for 2 seasons

The outboard motor for the dinghy has not been used in the last 3 years and will need a full service before use.

Nav Equipment

VHF DSC radio
Navigation lights
AIS Receiver
Depth sounder
Radar Reflector

Safety Equipment

Life jackets
Life buoys
Safety harnesses
Swim ladder

3 bilge pumps (2 manual / 1 electric)

Broker's Comments

A very pretty and what appears to be a very well maintained and cared for Contessa 32. The Contessa 32 was designed with seaworthiness and fast cruising in mind and she succeeded in providing this to her owners. Towards the early 80's the Jeremy Rogers built yacht began to become uneconomical and so during the 80's and 90's there were a small number built mainly by Mike Slack and this yacht is one of those.
She looks to be a great example with good condition throughout. She has an electric windlass and has had her saloon windows replaced recently. She also boasts a 2003 engine with a Darglow Feathering prop fitted in 2018 and electric windlass fitted in 2022.
The standing rigging and headsail furler were replaced in 2013 and included an emergency inner forestay and stainless steel Highfield lever

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 Samantha Cassell of Boatshed Portsmouth. Click here for contact details.

Owners FAQ's

How long have you owned the boat for?

Since 2005

Why are you selling her?

Personal circumstances

Where have you sailed her?

UK South Coast, Channel Islands, Normandy, Brittany

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