The Contessa is the Queen Mum of British cruising – a much-loved icon that set the benchmark for cruisers when she was designed by David Sadler in 1970...

Product Overview

Overall rating:



Contessa 32


Price as reviewed:


A beautiful, solid, seakindly cruiser, a little slow by modern standards and the sailplan is not as easily handled. Down below she feels cramped and a bit gloomy by today’s standards but the chart table and galley are excellent.

Main features:

* The tiller takes up most of the cockpit space during manoeuvres and the bridgedeck limits space further

* Coamings enclose the cockpit, creating a deep, safe space, but low freeboard means it can get wet

* The kink in the stanchion allows crew to use bigger winches without rapping their knuckles on it

* Long grabrails and gunwales that get deeper towards the bow make the passage forward safe

* The big genoa means plenty of winching to do after tacks and the diagonal lower shrouds don’t make life easier

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Displacement:4,218kg (9,300 lb)
LWL:7.32m (24ft)
Beam:2.9m (9ft 6in)
Price Guide:£90,000 as seen
LOA:9.75m (32ft)
Draught:1.68m (5ft 6in)