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1978 Contessa 32 - 32'

Year 1978
Length 32ft.
Price Pounds £22,000
Type: Pre-owned
Location Largs, United Kingdom
Hull Material Fiberglass/GRP
Engine type Single
Contact Information
Builder: Jeremy Rodgers
Designer: David Sadler
Beam: 2.98 m
Draft Drive Up: Direct Drive
Displacement: 4300 kgs
Engine(s): Volvo Penta
Engine Model: 2002
Year: 1990
Engine(s) HP: 18 HP
Cruising Speed: 5 knots
Fuel: 1 (44 Liters)
Water: 1 (82 Liters)
Hull Shape: Monohull
Keel Type: Fin

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Boat Name
Builder: Jeremy Rodgers
Designer: David Sadler
Keel: Fin
Hull Shape: Monohull
LOA: 9.75 m
Beam: 2.98 m
LWL: 7.31 m
Minimum Draft: 1.65 m
Displacement: 4300 kgs
Ballast: 2045 kgs
Total Power: 18 HP
Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Volvo Penta
Year Built: 1990
Engine Model: 2002
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 18 HP
Cruising Speed: 5 knots
Maximum Speed: 7 knots
Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (82 Liters)
Fuel Tanks: 1 (44 Liters)
Number of single berths: 5
Number of double berths: 2
Number of cabins: 2
Number of heads: 1
Seating Capacity: 6
Wind speed and direction
Battened mainsail
Furling genoa
Inside Equipment
Marine head
Manual bilge pump
Electric bilge pump
Electrical Equipment
Shore power inlet
Electrical Circuit: 12V
Outside Equipment/Extras
Radar reflector
Teak cockpit
Mainsail cover
Spray hood


The Contessa 32 'Afrita' was built in 1978 and  is in very good condition with a substantial ongoing refit since 2006. The Contessa 32 was introduced in 1971 and remains in production, with more than 700 of these splendid craft built. Viewing is highly recommended.



Accommodation is for six persons in two cabins.
The forward cabin has two single berths in the usual 'V' configuration. The two singles convert to a large double berth with an infill when required.
Head with Lavac sea toilet (pump new 2011), wash hand basin, fresh water by manual pump.
Large hanging wet locker.
Main saloon with two settee berths and quarter berth. The port settee berth converts to a double.
Chart table to starboard at after end of the saloon facing forward.
Galley to port at the after end of the saloon with easy clean work surfaces and fitted with gas cooker featuring a two ring hob, grill and oven.
Stainless steel sink with manual fresh water pump and in-line water filter. Two large cool boxes. Ample storage .
The dining area will seat a full crew and is local to the galley for ease of catering and entertaining.
Oil and electric lamps in saloon. 


Two bulkhead mounted steering compasses.
Simrad V.H.F. radio telephone
Furuno G.P.S.with laptop connection cable.
Navico log.
Nasa echo sounder.
Raymarine autopilot with ST6002 head unit and SPX-5 course computer and interfaced to fluxgate compass, G.P.S.and wind instrument (all new 2010)
Raymarine wind speed and direction.
Clipper navtex.
Pioneer F.M. radio cassette.
Ships clock and barometer.


Sails and rigging

The vessel is sloop rigged and the keel stepped mast and boom are alloy.
All standing rigging in stainless steel, and replaced along with new bottle screws in 2009.
All running rigging (including Dyneema main halyard and outhaul) is in good order, having been replaced 2007 to 2011.
Adjustable back stay.
Harken Mark IV headsail roller reefing system (New 2009).
One Genoa (roller reefed).
One Jeckells Marblehead Mainsail with 3 slab reefs (New 2010).
One Storm jib.
Two Spinnakers.
Two further mainsails.
Two No.1 Genoa
Two No 3 Genoa.

Engine and machinery

18 H.P. Volvo Penta Diesel engine.
Cruising speed 5 knots.
Maximum speed 7 Knots.
Fuel capacity 44 Ltrs.
12 volt electrical system with twin 120Ah house batteries (new 2011) and single 75Ah engine start battery. Charged via engine driven alternator.
Merlin Smartgauge battery monitor (New 2010)
240 Volt shore power fitted, protected by RCBO (all new 2007).
Yamaha Malta 3.5 H.P. outboard.


The cockpit is deep, safe and self draining.
Tiller steering
Two cockpit lockers.
Teak cockpit sole.
Cockpit mounted mainsail traveller.
Cockpit mounted inclinometer
Sprayhood.(New 2006)
Manual bilge pump.
Bulkhead mounted compasses. Autopilot. wind/speed, depth sounder and log above main hatch.

Deck gear

Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit.
Full guardrails.
16Kg Delta anchor with 32 metres chain and 75 metres anchorplait  warp.
Danforth kedge anchor.
Lead anchor chum, anchor marker buoy.
Navigational lighting to M.C.A. standard.
Radar reflector.
Blue fabric sail cover.
Nine halyard/control line clutches.
Two self tailing Lewmar 46 primary winches (new 2008).
Two control/halyard winches.
Two spinnaker winches.
Two spinnaker poles.
Stainless steel Spinnaker pole deck brackets.
Inflatable tender.
Outboard bracket on pushpit.
Deck brush.
Boarding ladder.
Winch handles (x4).
Selection of engine spares.
Three boat hooks.
Halogen spotlight.
Spare water and fuel containers.
A selection of warps and fenders. 

Safety equipment

Jackstays. (2008)
Horseshoe lifebuoy with safety light.
Manual bilge pump.
Electric bilge pump.
Engine compartment fire extinguisher. (automatic with halon gas)
Four portable fire extinguishers.
One fire blanket.
Gas alarm.
A selection of flares.
Liferaft (new 2010)

Further information

Extensive refit since 2007, including:
Hull epoxy treated 2007
Top sides professionally resprayed in Awlgrip 2007.
Plumbing pipework replaced 2007
Gas locker drain fitted 2007
New forehatch fitted 2007
Shorepower with R.C.B.O. fitted 2007
New engine controls fitted 2007
New mast deck seal fitted 2007
Mast and spars refurbished 2007
New windows fitted 2008
Fuel system replaced 2008
Soft furnishings and curtains replaced 2009.

Engine serviced annually.
Last antifouled 2013. 

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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