Contessa 32


L.O.A.: 32' 0" (9.75 m)
L.W.L.: 24' 0" (7.32 m)
Beam: 9' 6" (2.90 m)
Draft: 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Displ: 9500 lbs. (4309 kg.)
Ballast: 4600 lbs. (2087 kg.)
Sail area: 417 sq. ft. (38.74 m²)

Motor: 20 hp Bukh diesel
Headroom: standing
Berths: 5
Rating  (PHRF-LO) : 180

Price range: $54,000 to $58,000

    The Contessa 32 has a reputation as being one of the better 32 footers for weathering a serious gale, and rates right up there as one of the more seaworthy boats for bluewater cruising. In fact, it was the smallest boat to finish the infamous 1979 Fastnet Race (known as the deadliest race in history of modern yachting). The Contessa 32 is a no non-sense design that does not attempt to trade seaworthiness for a larger interior or to mimic apartment-like accommodations below decks. As a result, it is a little less beamy and roomy that may other 32 footers on the used market.

    by Michael McGoldrick.
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