Contessa 38


In appearance, this is a stretched Contessa 32 and was designed by David Allan-Williams with this intention. By the time of her launch in 1982, however, the long, lean, low hull could no longer offer the accommodation most people were looking for at this size. The galley is decidedly cramped and the saloon, too, is on the small side. However, she has a reasonably generous
aftercabin and the layout works well offshore, although the heads is amidships. She is a weatherly and sea-kindly boat with her long, encapsulated-lead fin keel, and can make light of long beats to windward. However, she was, as standard, tiller steered, and decidedly heavy on the helm. After J C Rogers went into liquidation, the design was reworked as the Dawn 39, with wheel steering and much improved.

LOA 11.70m (38ft 5in), LWL 9.58m (31ft 5in), beam 3.45m (11ft 4in), draught 1.90m
(6ft 3in), Displacement 16,000lb (7,300kg). Price guide: £49,000 to £59,000. YM Test Report June 1982.