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Pelican CO32 - 1979

Pelican CO32
above: 'Pelican' CO32
left: 'Pelican 32'

The Contessa 32 really needs no introduction; their storied history is well known, and serves to prove what amazing craft these are.

The Contessa 32, designed by David Sadler and built by Jeremy Rogers, boasts a reputation that few other yachts have ever managed to achieve.

"Pelican" has been much loved since her late owner bought her in 1987. He sailed, single handed, over 53,000 miles with her, completing at least four Channel crossings a year and explored the South Coast of the UK, North Coast of France and the Channel Islands. She is a very tidy example of her type, as the pictures hopefully show.

"Pelican" has a comprehensive inventory that includes a Beta 20hp engine (new 2012), cabin heating, windlass, dinghy and outboard, liferaft, radar and autopilot.

The vendors commissioned a comprehensive survey in May 2022. A copy of the report is available upon request.

For further information, or to arrange to see "Pelican", please email Peter Keats or call/WhatsApp: 07809 221135

Information and Features

2012 Beta 20 (Engine 1):
Type: Inboard Fuel
Fuel Type: Diesel
Hours: 1786
Drive Type: Shaft Drive
Power: 20 hp
Propeller Type: 2 Blade
Propellor Material: Bronze

LOA: 32 ft
LWL: 24 ft
Beam: 9 ft 6 in
Max Draft: 5 ft 6 in

Ballast: 2,042 kg
Displacement: 4,309 kg

Fuel: 34 l
Fresh Water: 81 l

Single Berths: 2
Double Berths: 2
Heads: 1

Designer: David Sadler
Builder: Jeremy Rogers


Construction & Dimensions
GRP Hull, deck and superstructure
Long fin keel
Tiller steering
Last antifouled in Winter 2021/22
Teak woodwork and teak cockpit duckboard replaced within the last 10 years

Length Overall: 9.75m (32')
Length Waterline: 7.32m (24')
Beam: 2.90m (9'6")
Draft: 1.68m (5'6")
Displacement: 4,309kg (9,500lb)
Ballast: 2,042kg (4,500lb)

Masthead sloop rig
Proctor aluminium mast
Kemp boom
Kemp rigid vang
Mainsheet track
Spinnaker pole
Slab reefing
Plastimo headsail furler
Stainless steel standing rigging (Age unknown)
Backstay adjuster
Flag halyards

2 x Lewmar 40 primary winches
2 x Secondary winches
1 x Barlow 19 self tailing coachroof winch
1 x Lewmar 16 coachroof winch
1 x Lewmar 9 mast winch
1 x Antal W7 mast winch

Mainsail by Banks with 3 x reefs
Furling genoa by Quay sails (New 2020)
No1 Working jib
Spinnaker (approaching end of life

Beta 20hp diesel engine (new 2012)
719cc three cylinder motor with fresh water cooling
1,786 hours run at May 2022
Spares to include oil and fuel filters, impeller, a set of glow plugs and general maintenance items.
Shaft drive to two blade bronze propeller

1 x 12v 68aH engine start battery with isolator switch
1 x 12v 100ah domestic battery with isolator
Batteries charged by engine alternator
Shore power inlet with 240v 13A outlets in the cabin

1 x Stainless steel fuel tank (believed 34 litres)
1 x FRP Water tank (believed 81 litres)

Pressurised water system at the galley
Manual water system at the heads


Sleeps 6 in two single and two double berths
Trumatic E2400 gas fired warm air heating

V berth with storage below
Overhead hatch to deck
Electric cool/heat box

Lavac sea toilet
Retractable handbasin
Storage lockers
Deep hanging/wet locker to starboard
Sliding door access to the saloon

Sette berths to port and starboard, with storage below
Saloon table
Saloon table lowers to form a double berth
Double berth infill cushion
Parrafin lamp
Lockers and bookshelves
Overhead handrails

Full size chart table with chart storage below
Storage for almanacs etc
Locker below the chart table
Large quarter berth
Electrical distribution panel

Stainless steel sink
Top loading cool box
Flavel Vanessa two burner gas cooker with grill and oven
High and low level storage lockers and drawers


2 x Plastimo Contest bulkhead compasses
Raymarine ST60 Speed
Raymarine ST2000+ Tiller pilot
NASA Stingray depth finder
Furuno radar
Garmin GPS128
Icom IC-M4230 DSC VHF with integrated GPS
Icom COMMANDMIC with extension cable, allowing use of the VHF in the cockpit
Nexus NX1500 Handheld VHF
Sowester clock
Sowester barometer
Silva inclinometer

20lb CQR anchor with chain
Plough type kedge anchor
Simpson-Lawrence manual anchor windlass

Seago 4 person cannister liferaft (New 2018 and service due)
Horseshoe lifebuoy with light
Horseshoe lifebuoy
Danbuoy with light
Firdell radar reflector
McMurdo FastFind personal location beacon (requires new battery)
2 x Whale Gusher manual bilge pumps
Rule 1100GPH automatic electric bilge pump
Fire blanket

Bombard AX2 inflatable dinghy
Tohatsu 3.5hp outboard motor
Boom cover
Companionway cover (to protect the washboards)
Cockpit table
Boarding ladder
Fenders and warps
Roberts RC828 All band world receiver
JVC stereo radio/CD player

Owner's Comments
Pelican spent her first 10 years as a British Army sail training vessel in the Baltic, where my father occasionally instructed. Dad knew the small fleet of Contessas well, and when they were put up for sale in 1987, he knew precisely which he wanted. Soon afterwards, he sailed Pelican back to Dover and began an extensive refurbishment program. By the time Pelican made her way along the South Coast to Poole, where Mum and Dad had chosen to retire, she was looking like new again.

Pelican has given the family terrific pleasure for the past 35 years and were I a little closer to retirement I’d have gladly kept her on. I hope that her new owners will cherish her as much as we have and trust that they will be well rewarded.

I commissioned a full survey report (dated 16 May 2022) to avoid any surprises down the road. The report is comprehensive and makes many recommendations for repairs and updating, but none of them is serious or requires immediate attention. I have assumed that in time the new owner will want to implement all of the recommendations and have taken full account of that in arriving at the revised asking price.

Asking Price: £29,950 (Tax: Paid, UK)

Lying: Parkstone Yacht Club, Poole - Marina Berth D2

Contact: For more information contact Peter Keats Boat Sales
Tel: 07809 221135


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