Mark Cameron Yachts

Contessa 32


Great offshore cruising inventory


Lying: Argyll, United Kingdom

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelContessa 32
DesignerDavid Sadler
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusUnderoffer
LyingArgyll, United Kingdom


Hull ConstructionGRP hull with full encapsulated long fin keel.
Keel TypeLong Keel


EngineBeta Marine Beta 20. 20hp @ 3600RPM (2017) 3 cylinder, naturally aspirated, indirectly cooled marine engine. TMC mechanical gearbox.
Engine Hours50
Fuel Capacity45l


Drinking Water Capacity100l


The Contessa 32 is one of the most admired yacht designs ever mass produced. Designed by David Sadler and built by Jeremy Rogers the design has been in production from its inception in 1970 until the current day. Having proved itself in the most arduous conditions during the infamous 1979 Fastnet with a Contessa 32 being the smallest boat to complete the race. Examples of the design can be found cruising in the four corners of the world, drawing admiring glances where ever they go.
In very nice condition having been lovingly maintained in the current ownership COUTERFEIT is offered with a sail away inventory including:

Two-pack painted topsides, professionally painted 2017.
Beta Marine 20hp diesel engine, installed new in 2017.
Norvane windvane self-steering gear, fitted new in 2005.
New Gebo deck hatches fitted 2016
Seago cannister liferaft with storage cradle and hydrostatic release.
Recently replaced mainsail and genoa.
Sprayhood fitted new in 2017.
Plastimo Neptune 4500 gas cooker fitted new 2018.

With her current owners since 2001 COUNTERFEIT has cruised extensively around northern Europe with a crew of just two. Trips have included a circumnavigation of Britain and Ireland, exploring the Outer Hebrides and Northern Isles. Several seasons were also spent exploring the waters around Norway and Denmark. With more time available to explore further afield her owners are now reluctantly offering her for sale.
Lying ashore COUNTERFEIT has been cleaned, polished and antifouled, she is ready to launch and sail away. Viewing by prior arrangement.

Built in the early period of GRP mass production boat building the hull and decks of the Contessa 32 are constructed of heavyweight, hand consolidated GRP laminates.
Single piece GRP moulded hull.
Long fin keel with encapsulated lead ballast.
Skeg hung rudder.
Underwater hull finished in blue antifouling.
Topsides finished in white two-pack paint, professionally applied 2017
Single piece GRP moulding incorporating coachroof and cockpit.
Moulding non-slip pattern panels on decks.
Alloy framed portlights in coachroof sides.
Self-draining, moulded cockpit

The masthead sloop rig of the Contessa 32 has proven to be a perfect match with the hull design, providing rewarding performance in all weathers driving the hull well in lighter airs while being sufficiently robust for the rigours of blue water ocean sailing.
Keel stepped, masthead sloop rig
silver anodised alloy mast (2002).
Kemp silver anodised alloy boom.
Standing rigging of 1x19 stainless steel wire. Replaced 2005, new forestay fitted 2014.
Plastimo roller reefing system.
Mechanical backstay adjuster.
Inner forestay rigged to chainplate aft of anchor locker.
Alloy Spinnaker pole.
Alloy whisker pole.
Deck organisers on coachroof leading lines and halyards aft to cockpit.
Clutches port and starboard side of companionway for Lines Lead Aft
Mast mounted radar reflector.

Primary Winches – 2x Lewmar 40, two-speed.
Spinnaker Winches – 2x Lewmar 8, single speed.
Halyard Winch – 2x Lewmar 25, two-speed.

Mainsail – White dacron, slab reefing. Owen Sails. (2016)
Roller Reefing Genoa – White dacron with blue UV Strip, replaced 2017. Saunders Sails (2013).
Spinnaker – Large, full-bodied symmetrical type.
Storm Jib - Hank on type.

Mainsail Cover – Conventional style cover. Owen Sails.
Sprayhood - Owen Sails (2017)

The classic design of the Contessa 32 results in a boat which by modern standards is narrow in the ends with a classic aft cockpit deck layout.
Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit rails.
Deck mounted stainless steel stanchions supporting stainless steel guardwires.
Single stemhead roller.
Alloy mooring cleats forward, midships and aft.
Panama style fairleads forward.
Moulded toerail running the length of the deck outboard.
Solid teak capping rail.
Moulded non-slip texture panels on side decks and coachroof.
Solid teak grabrails running the length of the coachroof outboard.
Spinnaker pole stowing on deck brackets along starboard side deck.
Deck hatches in saloon and forward cabin replaced with new Gebo hatches in 2016.
Saloon windows replaced with new items.
High moulded coamings protecting cockpit.
Primary and spinnaker winches mounted on coamings.
Cave lockers within cockpit coamings.
Deep, self-draining cockpit with bench seating around all edges.
Laid teak plank type decking finish to cockpit seating.
Teak grating on cockpit sole.
Cockpit lockers under seating to port and aft.

Main Anchor – Rocna Vulcan 12kg on Chain (40m of 8mm) and Warp (40m) rode.
Kedge anchor. - 25lb CQR and Bruce.
Mooring Warps - Selection
Fenders – Selection

Depth - Silva combi instrument
Log - Silva combi instrument
Wind - Silva
Repeater - Silva GPS repeater in cockpit.
Radar - Raymarine SL72 Pathfinder series display with mast mounted 2kW scanner.
Plotter - Garmin 148 at chart table
VHF – Navman 7100 DSCVHF with cockpit speaker.
Autopilot - Raymarine ST2000 tiller pilot.
Magnetic Compass - 2x bulkhead mounted Contest 130.

Water System - Manual cold water faucets in galley and heads
Cooker - Plastimo Neptune 4500 gas cooker with 2 burners, grill and oven. (2018)
Shore Power System – Hardwired, RCD protected.
Heads - Blakes Lavac manual marine toilet.

Below decks the accommodation layout is typical of any British built cruiser of that era. Joinery work constructed of solid teak and teak veneered plywood, finished with a gloss varnish.
Forepeak:V-berth in the traditional layout with central in-fill section creating a double V-bunk when required. Hull lined outboard with plank effect plywood panels. Bin lockers beneath the bunks.
Heads:Spanning the full width of the boat forward of saloon. Walk through heads compartment providing access to forepeak. Manual Blakes Lavac Marine Toilet outboard to port with moulded wash hand basin forward, vanity unit outboard. Full depth hanging locker outboard to starboard. Folding timber door separating the heads compartment from the forecabin.
Saloon:Solid teak fold table is mounted on the centreline
U-shaped settee to port and bench type settee to starboard. The table drops down to allow use of the port side saloon settee berth as a double. Starboard saloon berth converting to a full-length single berth. Storage is provided around the saloon with locker space behind the back of the settees and in overhead lockers outboard.
Galley:To port of the companionway Gas cooker, two burner, grill and oven. Twin, top loading coolboxes below worktop. Single GRP moulded sink with manual pump cold water faucet Good selection of storage lockers
Navigation Station:Forward facing navigators seat on forward end of quarter berth. Forward-looking chart table with storage for charts within table. Bosuns drawers beneath table. Ships switch panel outboard. Sizable quarter berth extends under the starboard cockpit seating.

Engine accessed by removing the companionway steps which create a sound insulated box, good access provided for routine maintenance purposes.
Beta Marine Beta 20. 20hp @ 3600RPM (2017)
3 cylinder, naturally aspirated, indirectly cooled marine engine.
TMC mechanical gearbox.
Recorded running hours at May 2019 circa 50 hours.
New stainless steel propeller shaft and cutless bearing fitted 2017.
Shaft type stern gear with greaser type stern gland.
Fixed two blade, bronze prop.

Domestic Batteries - 1 off 12v Lead acid type. (2014)
Engine Battery - 1 off 12v Lead acid type. (2014)

Liferaft - Seago Offshore cannister raft. In cradle with hydrostatic release.
Horseshoe Buoy - With light and drouge.
Jackstays - Webbing type.
Fire Blanket

Manual Bilge Pump
Electric Bilge Pump
Windvane Self Steering - Norvane sysrem. Transom mounted. (2005)
Battery Charger - 240V, powered from shore power.
Tender - Seago 2.6m inflatable dinghy.
Cradle - Winter cradle available if required.

In this case we are acting as brokers only.
The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation , the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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