Contessa 32 for sale

Ardrossan, United Kingdom

£29,000 GBP

Contessa 32
General information
Contessa 32
Used sail boat for sale
£29,000 GBP
Name of boat
Length overall
9.75 metres
Length waterline
7.32 metres
2.90 metres
1.68 metres
4,300 kg
Fin Keel
Ardrossan, United Kingdom

About this Contessa 32


The Contessa 32 is a modern classic. Since first was launching from the Rogers yard in 1971 she has become widely recognized as the most popular racer cruiser ever - beautiful to look at, a dream to sail and with a formidable reputation for seaworthiness.

Katrina is a Canadian built boat and has cruised over 5000 miles under her current owners. This includes trips over the North sea to the Baltic states. 

She was bought by the current owner in 2009 and he completed a refit on her to be able to go single handed sailing. 

Interior was removed where possible and refurbished and rigging was replaced in 2011 and upgrade to a thicker grade of wire. 

She benefits from wheel steering with Raymarine Tillerpilot, Autohelm instrument, Garmin 750 chartplotter and AIS.

Katrina is ready for a new owner to either family cruise in safety or single handed sailing. 


GRP hull and deck with encapsulated fin keel and skeg hung rudder

Pulpit, pushpit, stanchions and guardrails with side gates 

Stainless steel stem head fitting with bow roller

Anchor, chain, warp, fenders and mooring lines,

Four mooring cleats

Mainsheet track in the cockpit

Wheel Steering 

Teak slats on the cockpit seats



Volvo MD2020-B 19 hp 3 cylinder diesel engine. 

3 bladed prop on shaft drive. 

Last service June 2020.


12 volt system via four batteries 

1x Engine battery Optima AGM blue 55AH CCA 765A new 2010

2x Domestic Batteries 110AH new 2018 

1x Windlass battery Optima AGM blue 55AH CCA 765A new 2010

240 volt shore power with built in battery charger, and shore power cable. 

Batteries charged by engine or shore power. 

Water System

Pressurized water system two both sinks.

Cold water only.


1 x Fuel tank in steel 42 litres (also 2x 20 litre cans) 

1 x Water tank in plastic 45 litres 

1 x Holding tank in plastic 



Sleeps 5 in 2 doubles and 1 single berth. 

FORWARD CABIN  double berth with opening deck hatch and storage under the berth

HEADS to port (just aft of the forward cabin) with a electric toilet and wash-hand basin with hanging locker opposite

SALOON Two settee berths, saloon table, drops to make a double saloon berth, storage lockers and storage under the settees. Grey upholstery. Clock and barometer.

GALLEY to port, with a Plastimo two burner gas cooker with grill and oven, stainless steel sink pressurized tap, cool box and storage lockers.

NAV. STATION to starboard with a forward facing chart table. .

Mast Rigging and Sails


Masthead single spreader mast in alloy. 

Rigging replace 2011 with 1mm thicker wire 

Alloy boom

Harken Roller furling unit for genoa 

Slab reefing mainsail with 3 reefs 

Spinnaker pole and gear.

Jockey pole. 

Lazy Jacks and stack pack bag





Cruising Chute 


2x Genoa winches by Harken B40's Twin speed

2x Spinnaker winches by Harken B8A single speed 

1x Single speed halyard winches

Spinnaker halyard, pole up, kicker Genoa all lead to winches on the coachroof under the sprayhood. 



Autohelm Clipper Speed Log 

Autohelm Clipper Echo Sounder 

Autohelm Clipper Wind Instrument 

Garmin GPS MAP 750 at Helm

Northstar Explorer at chart table

Fixed VHF/DSC at Chart table with remote at Helm 

Raymarine x 5 Wheel pilot.

Target Pro Plus Navtex 

Icom MA500TR AIS with feed to Garmin Plotter.

Mooring and Anchoring 

6 x Fenders and 6x Warps 

Main Anchor 'CQR' 15 kg with 30m chain and 50m of warp 

Kedge Anchor 'Claw' 7.5kg with 16m chain and 16m warp

Electric Windlass South Pacific 900 (currently not working)

2 x Angel Anchors 

1 x Chain Grapping hook 

1 x Towing bridle 


Boarding ladder on Transom 


Mooring snap link

Clock and Barometer 

Navigation lights 

Anchor ball, Motoring cone. 

Winch handles 

Bosan's Chair 


Habitent for Cockpit 

Radio AM/FM and itouch 


Gas Detector 

CO and Smoke Alarms 



Throwing line 

Fire Blanket 

Bilge pumps 1x manual 2x  auto. 

1x Typhoon and 2x Crewfit lifejackets 


Boat Smartwater Marked 

1x Liferaft (needs serviced)

1x EPIRB (Battery out of date)

Service History

New lift pump fitted June 2020 

Engine professionally serviced 2019 with new fan belt Impellor and all filters replaced

Raw water pump serviced 2018 

Full service 2018 

New auto bilge pump fitted

Full service 2016 

2014 stern gland serviced and fuel tank flushed 

2012 new Glow plugs 

2010 Engine lifted and new prop shaft, coupling, cutlass bearing and mounts all replaced.


Owner Comments

I bought the boat in 2009 and extensively refitted for single handed cruising. 

New Standing rigging in 2011 upgraded to 1mm thicker that standard. 

I have sailed many miles on the North Sea and one trip to the Baltic. Katrina is now based on the Clyde for island cruising. 

I have overwintered her every year with a dehumidifier. 

Since the refit she has covered over 5000 sea miles and proved herself well founded for cruising any area. 


  • Manual bilge pump
  • Steering wheel
  • Vhf
  • Teak cockpit
  • Heating
  • Cockpit cover
  • Electric bilge pump - 2 x auto
  • Electric head
  • Radio
  • Swimming ladder
  • Wind speed and direction
  • Spray hood
  • Gps
  • Plotter
  • Oven
  • Depthsounder
  • Shore power inlet
  • Furling genoa
  • Mainsail cover
  • Battery charger
  • Autopilot
  • Gennaker cruising spinnaker
  • Spinnaker pole
  • Battened mainsail
  • Spinnaker
  • Log speedometer

In this case we are acting as brokers only.  The Vendor 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 particulars are intended only as a guide and they do not constitute a term of any contract.  A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at his own expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and / or to have an engine trial conducted, which if carried out by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.


Note to seller and purchaser:  If the boat you are selling or purchasing is registered, please ensure that the registration is completed after the sale of the boat.  If the purchaser wishes to cancel the registration is the duty of the seller to contact the Registry and inform them that the registration is to be cancelled.  If the purchaser wishes to continue with the registration, it is the duty of the purchaser to complete the relevant forms and post off the bill of sale to the Registrar.

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1 x Volvo Penta MD2020-B
Fuel capacity
42 litres
Number of cabins
Number of berths
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Broker/Dealer Information

Sunbird International Yacht Sales

Mrs Andrea Martin
Clyde Marina
KA22 8DB
United Kingdom
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