Mark Cameron Yachts

Contessa 32


Freshly painted and seriously for sale.



Lying: Argyll, United Kingdom

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelContessa 32
DesignerDavid Sadler
Sale StatusAvailable
LyingArgyll, United Kingdom


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


EngineBeta Marine Beta 20. 20hp @ 3600RPM (1998) 3 cylinder, naturally aspirated, indirectly cooled marine engine. TMC Technodrive mechanical, reversing marine gearbox.
Engine Hours2346
Fuel Capacity32l


Drinking Water Capacity180l


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 and upgraded in the current ownership BANDOLERO is offered with a sail away inventory including:

Two-pack painted topsides, professionally painted 2018.

Preventative epoxy treatment applied below the waterline.
Beta Marine 20hp diesel engine (1998).
Halyard Marine Aquadrvie unit, professionally reconditioned 2015.
New Z Spars mast, standing rigging and running rigging in 2013.
Kemp on-mast roller reefing system.

Purchased by her current owners in 2005 BANDOLERO has been lovingly maintained and upgraded for comfortable, short-handed, coastal cruising. With considerable investment in the last 10 years. Sailed predominantly just two-handed she has proved to be a safe a reliable friend.
Lying ashore BANDOLERO has been cleaned and winterised ready to winter ashore. 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 red two-pack paint, professionally applied 2018
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
Z-Spars silver anodised mast (2013)
Standing rigging of 1x19 stainless steel wire. All new with mast in 2013.
Plastimo roller reefing system.
Kemp on-mast roller reefing system, can be easily removed.
Mechanical backstay adjuster.
Alloy Spinnaker 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.
Barton mainsheet track, with adjustable car.

Primary Winches – 2x Lewmar 40, two-speed.
Spinnaker Winches – 2x Lewmar 14, single speed.
Halyard Winch – 3x Lewmar 8, single-speed.
Mainsail – White dacron, roller reefing.
Roller Reefing Genoa – White dacron with blue UV Strip, heavy weather No.3
Genoa No. 1, 2 & 4 - White Dacron, old sails not used in current ownership and not adapted for roller reefing system.
Storm Jib - Never used and not adapted for roller reefing.
Cruising Chute - With snuffer. Sanderson Sails (2018).

Sprayhood - On stainless steel frame with additional grab bar.
Spray Dodgers - Transparent.
Cockpit Tent - Habitent type full cockpit tent.

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.
Double 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.
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.
Tek-Dek synthetic teak planking type decking finish to cockpit seating.
Teak grating on cockpit sole.
Cockpit lockers under seating to port and aft.
Stainless steel, self draining gas locker built in under aft cockpit seat, contains 2 number Camping Gaz 907 type cylinders.

Main Anchor – Manson Supreme 11kg on Chain (50) and Warp (20m) rode.
Spare Anchor. - Bruce with warp rode.
Electric Anchor Windlass - Simpson Lawrence SeaWolf. Full overhauled 2014, spare motor included.
Mooring Warps - Selection
Fenders – Selection

Depth - EchoPilot Combi display
Log - EchoPilot Combi display
Wind - NASA Clipper
Repeater - EchoPilot Combi display at chart table
Plotter - Standard Horizon CP180i
VHF – Standard Horizon GX1300E DSCVHF (2019)
Autopilot - Simard TP22 (2017)
Magnetic Compass - 2x bulkhead mounted Contest 130.

Water System - Pressurised hot and cold water system in galley. Manual foot pump for heads sink faucet. Hot water provided via engine fed calorifier. Waste water from galley and heads sinks discharged via an electric pump. Additional bag tank in bow to provide total of 180ltrs capacity.
Heating - Wallis, paraffin fired, blown air system
Cooker - Plastimo Neptune 2000 gas cooker with 2 burners, grill and oven.
Portable Fridge - Waeco 12VDC type.
Heads - Simpson Lawrence SL400 manual marine toilet.

Below decks the accommodation layout is typical of any British built cruiser of that era. Joinery work constructed of solid mahogany and mahogany 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 vinyl.
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 Simpson Lawrence SL400 Marine Toilet outboard to port with moulded wash hand basin forward, vanity unit outboard.
Saloon:Drop leaf 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 stainless steel sink with pressurised hot and 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.
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 (1998)
3 cylinder, naturally aspirated, indirectly cooled marine engine.
TMC Technodrive mechanical, reversing marine gearbox.
Exhaust Temperature Alarm.
Recorded running hours at September 2019 - 2346 hours.
Halyard Marine Aquadrive thrust bearing, professionally overhauled 2015
New stainless steel propeller shaft and cutless bearing fitted 2014.
PSS dripless propshaft seal. (2015)
Fixed two blade, bronze prop.

Domestic Batteries - 2 off 12v, 100Ah AGM type.
Engine Battery - 1 off 12v 80Ah AGM type.
Split Charging System - with Sterling Smart Charging alternator controller.
Solar Panels - 2 off 20W panels with charge controller.
Battery Monitor - Sterling.

Liferaft - Ocean Safety 4 person raft. Last serviced 2017.
Horseshoe Buoy
Jackstays - Webbing type.
Fire Extingusher
Gas Alarm
Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Manual Bilge Pump
Electric Bilge Pump
Deck Wash - Whale submersible type.

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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