1979 Contessa 32

Contessa 32 - Description

1979 Contessa 32 'Equator' sloop rig with 2016 BETA Marine 3 cylinder 33hp diesel engine. Equator is well known in Contessa 32 racing circles, and the current owner even raced the boat with her very first owner. In the last two years she has spent a good bit of time ashore drying out and then received epoxy treatment to the hull in 2021. She is equipped with Sanders Main Sail and Genoa, new 2021. She was antifouled at the beginning of the 2022 season, and enjoyed a spin in the Round the Island race with her current owner and his family. Sadly age and personal circumstances force the sail of this lovely boat. Currently on swinging mooring in Chichester Harbour so prior notice and an appointment to view is required. 2020 survey available.

Hull and Deck

  • GRP construction
  • Fin keel
  • White hull with navy transom
  • GRP deck with non-slip paint
  • 2 anchors, plough and danfourth
  • Guardwires and stanchions
  • 2 Opening hatches
  • 3 Cockpit lockers
  • Following recommendations from the pre-purchase survey commissioned by the current owner in March 2020, the boat spent 6 months out of the water the following winter to allow the laminate to fully dry out as some moisture readings were high and some blisters were seen.
  • Hull epoxied before relaunch in March 2021
  • Last antifouled February 2022


  • 5 Berths in saloon and forward cabin
  • Approx 6 foot headroom
  • 2 Lee cloths
  • Blue upholstery
  • Wood flooring
  • Steel water tank
  • Saloon table
  • Chart table
  • Wet locker
  • Galley with sink, grill, 2 burner hob and waste bin
  • Manual marine toilet

Sails and Spars

  • Sanders fully battened main sail new 2021 with slab reefing
  • Sanders 135% roller reefing Genoa new 2021
  • Storm jib
  • Spinnaker
  • Spinnaker pole
  • Sail cover new 2020
  • Standing rigging believed to be 2015
  • Backstay
  • Backstay adjuster
  • Lines led aft to cockpit
  • Previous sails in fair condition available as spares

Engine and electrical

  • 2016 BETA engine, 3 cyl, 33hp
  • Approx 40 hours
  • Steel fuel tank
  • 3 bladed bronze feathering propeller
  • 2 Batteries
  • Shore power
  • Battery charger
  • Alternator charging

Navigation equipment

  • Tiller Pilot, new 2020
  • Log/Speed/Depth
  • Wind indicator
  • Compass
  • Clock
  • Barometer
  • Nav lights

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.



Overall length: 9.75m
Hull beam: 2.9m
Max. displacement: 4310kg
Fuel capacity: 0 litres
Engine: 1 x BETA
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