Mark Cameron Yachts

Contessa 32


Lots of upgrading with current owner



Lying: Argyll,

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelContessa 32
DesignerDavid Sadler
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable


Hull ConstructionGRP hull with encapsulated keel
Keel TypeFin Keel


EngineVolvo Penta MD2002 19hp Two cylinder, naturally aspirated, raw water cooled Volvo Penta mechanical reversing gearbox
Fuel Capacity40l



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.
With her current owners for more than 20 years the Contessa 32 KIRIBILLI OF LEITH has enjoyed a comprehensive regime of maintenance and upgraded. Her inventory highlights including:

Hull blasted back to GRP and inspected before preventative epoxy treatment applied in 2017

GEBO deck hatches replaced with new items in 2004
Volvo Penta MD2002, 19hp marine diesel engine
3 Blade, bronze fixed prop (2003)
New Varta domestic and engine batteries installed 2021
Rutland 504 wind generator
Sterling ProCharge D, 230VAC – 12VDC, 30 amp battery charger
NASA BM2 battery condition monitor
Raymarine XP tiller pilot (2013)
Raymarine RC435 plotter
Stowe Depth and Wind instrumentation
Raymarine RAY49E DSCVHF
Standing rigging of 1x19 stainless steel wire, fully replaced 2017.
Profurl roller reefing system for genoa (2003)
All mast halyards replaced with Dyneema lines in 2017
Cockpit Primary and Halyard winch upgraded to Lewmar Self-tailing winches in 2017.
All sheets and reefing lines replaced with braid on braid lines in 2017
Masthead and deck flood lights fitted 2017
Sprayhood, fitted new 2017
Cockpit Tent, fitted new 2018
Eberspacher 2DL, diesel fired, blown air heating system. (2012)
Top loading fridge unit built in beneath worktop. Waeco compressor and chiller plate fitted new in 2013.

Lying ashore the Contessa 32 KIRIBILLI of LEITH is available for immediate viewing by prior appointment.


Hull Construction:

Single piece GRP moulded hull.
Hand consolidated, traditional heavy weight monolithic moulding
GRP formed structural members internally
Plywood bulkheads and furniture bases, glassed to hull
Hull shot blasted in 2003 and a preventative Blakes epoxy treatment was applied
Hull blasted again in 2017 and moisture levels checked before further 3 coats of West System epoxy were applied.
Hull finished below the waterline with blue Antifouling
Topsides finished in the original
Deck & Superstructure Construction:
Single piece GRP moulding incorporating coachroof and self-draining cockpit.
Hand consolidated GRP moulding.
Moulding non-slip pattern panels on decks.
Alloy framed portlights in coachroof sides.
GEBO deck hatches replaced with new items in 2004
Keel & Rudder:
Long fin keel
Encapsulated lead ballast.
Skeg hung rudder.



Volvo Penta MD2002
Two cylinder, naturally aspirated, raw water cooled
Volvo Penta mechanical reversing gearbox
Single lever morse control
Maintenance & Performance:
Engine last serviced autumn 2020.
Gearbox input shaft modified by Volvo agent to prevent common drive failure issue
New Vetus single lever engine controls fitted 2015
New Blakes engine seacock fitted 2013
All other Blakes seacocks removed, stripped, cleaned and greased annually
Propulsion & Steering:
Stainless steel prop shaft
Bronze stuffing gland with remote greaser, replaced 2004
Cutlass bearing replaced 2017
Bronze, 3 blade, fixed propellor (2003)
Bronze, 2 blade, fixed propellor aboard as spare
Laminated hardwood tiller
Spare tiller aboard
Raymarine XP tiller pilot (2013)
Raymarine ST6002 control head.


Voltage systems:

12VDC onboard power system
230VAC shore power system
Shore Power:
Single 16 amp connection
Extension lead to connect to shore supply
RCD protected system
Ring main, battery charger
Battery Banks:
Domestic Battery Bank – 1x 12VDC, 75Ah, Vetus (2015)
Engine Battery Bank – 1x 12VDC, 75Ah, Varta (2021)
Single engine driven, 14VDC alternator
Vetus charge splitting diode.
Battery Charger:
Sterling ProCharge D battery charger
230VAC – 12VDC, 30amp
Wind Generator:
Rutland 504 generator
Marlec charge regulator.
12VDC – 230VAC
For appliance charging only
NASA BM2 battery condition monitor
Switch panel re-wired and labelled in 2015


Fresh Water:

Manually pumped cold water only system.
Manual faucets in galley and heads
New pumps fitted in galley 2015
Bilge Pumps:
Manual Bilge Pump – New strum box fitted 2021
Automatic Bilge Pump – Rule electric pump, fitted new 2018
Electric Bilge Pump – Rule pump, manually switched. Fitted new 2018



Single diesel tank
Approximate capacity 40ltr
Fresh Water:
Single fresh water tank in keel.



Depth – Stowe, networked to system using NMEA 0183
Wind - Stowe, networked to system using NMEA 0183
Plotter – Raymarine RC435 (2008) with interface box to network with autopilot.
Communications Equipment:



Galley Stove – Plastimo Neptune 2500 gas cooker. 2 burner, grill and oven
Fridge – Top loading unit built in beneath worktop. Waeco compressor and chiller plate fitted new in 2013.
GRP moulded sink
Coolbox locker
Lavac manual marine toilet
Eberspacher 2DL, diesel fired, blown air heating system. (2012)
Thermostatic cabin controller
Single outlet in saloon.
FM radio with Bluetooth and USB connectivity
12VDC, 10” LED TV with Glomex masthead mounted antenna and amplifier
Brass clock and barometer set


Summary of Accommodation:

6 berths over 2 cabins
Double cabin forward
Nav station
Quarter berth
Accommodation Finish:
Traditional style joinery of teak veneered plywood with solid teak trims.
Teak and Holly veneered sole boards
Moulded GRP headlining
GRP moulded heads compartment
Carpet for main saloon, marine grade carpet.
Description of Accommodation from Forward:

Forward Cabin:

V-berth in the traditional layout with central in-fill section creating a double V bunk when required.
Hull lined outboard with veneered plywood panels
Bin lockers beneath the bunks.
Spanning the full width of the boat forward of saloon.
Walk through heads compartment providing access to forepeak.
Manual Lavac marine toilet outboard to port with moulded wash hand basin forward.
Vanity unit outboard.
Full-depth hanging locker outboard to starboard.
Sliding door between heads and saloon
Drop leaf table is mounted on the centreline
U-shaped settee to port
Bench type settee to starboard.
Table drops down to allow use of the port side saloon settee berth as a double berth.
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.
To port of the companionway
Gas cooker, two burner, grill and oven, gimbal mounted outboard
GRP moulded sink unit with manually pumped cold water faucet inboard forward.
GRP moulded coolbox type locker below worktop outboard of sink forward.
Under worktop, top loading fridge locker beneath aft section of worktop.
Selection of storage lockers outboard of and below worktop
Nav Station / Berth:
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.



Keel stepped, single spreader, masthead sloop rig
Standing rigging of 1x19 stainless steel wire, fully replaced 2017.
Forestay upgrade to 7mm wire to suit furler foil.
Profurl roller reefing system for genoa (2003)
Slab reefing mainsail
Insulated backstay with connection for SSB radio connection
Mechanical backstay adjuster.
Alloy Spinnaker pole.
All mast halyards replaced with Dyneema lines in 2017
All sheets and reefing lines replaced with braid on braid lines in 2017
Mast fully services in 2017 with all sheaves removed, inspected and cleaned
Deck organisers on coachroof leading lines and halyards aft to cockpit.
Clutches port and starboard side of companionway for lines lead aft
Primary Winches – 2x Lewmar 46, two-speed, self-tailing (2017)
Secondary – 2x Lewmar 8, two-speed.
Halyard Winches – 1x Lewmar 30, two-speed, self-tailing(2017). 1x Lewmar 30, two-speed.
Mast Mounted Halyard Winch – 1x Lewmar, single-speed.
Mast Mounted Reefing Winch – 1x Girdlestone G8 single speed.
Mainsail – White Dacron, fully battened, slab reefing. Saturn Sails
Mainsail – White Dacron, partially battened. Hood Sails
Genoa – White Dacron, roller reefing, light weight sail
Genoa – White Dacron, Roller reefing. Hood Sails
Cruising Chute
Canvas Work:
Mainsail Cover – Stack pack type cover with mastboot and lazyjacks.2017
Sprayhood – fitted new 2017
Cockpit Tent – Windows on all 3 sides. 6’ headroom. Fitted new 2018
Anchoring & Mooring:
Bower Anchor – Sowester CQR pattern 20kg plough anchor on ” chain rode (chain fitted new in 2018)
Kedge Anchor – Bruce anchor with warp rode
Mooring Warps – Selection
Fenders - Selection
Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit rails.
Deck mounted stainless steel stanchions supporting stainless steel guardwires.
Guardwires all replaced in 2018.
Double stemhead roller.
Alloy mooring cleats forward and aft.
Heavy duty, deck mounted mid-ships cleats fitted 2019
Panama style fairleads forward.
Moulded toerail running the length of the deck outboard.
Solid teak capping rail.
Brass copings fitted in way of fairleads on aft quartes to prevent chafe damage
Moulded non-slip texture panels on side decks and coachroof.
Solid teak grabrails running the length of the coachroof outboard.
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.
Teak grating on cockpit sole.
Cockpit lockers under seating to port and aft.

General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.
Navigation Lights:
Masthead tri-colour & anchor – Replaced with new item in 2017.
Deck flood light – Aquasignal LED unit, fitted new 2017
Life saving:
Liferaft – XM 4 person cannister raft – requires servicing.
Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Fire Blanket

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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