New build Contessa 32 deck
New build Contessa 32 interior
Contessa 32 New build Specification

New Build Contessa 32 Specification, 2023

The Contessa 32 is certified by Notifying body RINA as  RCD 2 category ‘A’ cruiser/racer sailing craft.

General Construction

The hull and deck mouldings are made of very high quality polyester resins, using Lloyds approved materials and polyester gelcoats.

The skin coat behind the gelcoat is laminated with an isophthalic polyester resin to prevent water penetration.  Within the standard price a wide range of hull colour schemes is possible.

Basic antifoul system of underwater primer and ablative as standard, upgrades to Silic One or Coppercoat as options.

Waterline and cove line in matching colours included.

Internally encapsulated 2 ton lead ballast.

Weight:  4468lb (2026 kg)

Total displacement:  9300lbs (4218.48kg)

Glass fibre rudder with stainless steel stock.  The rudder has 2 bronze bearings and a stainless steel lower attachment plate at the base of the skeg.

All exterior woodwork TMT marine maple.

Self-draining cockpit with 2 bronze 1½” Blakes tapered skin fittings connected to cockpit drains with reinforced fire retardant hose.

Anchor locker sealed from interior and drained directly outboard.  10mm stainless steel u-bolt fitted for chain attachment.


  • Seating : solid TMT marine maple, laid with large stowage locker to port
  • TMT Marine maple cockpit grating
  • Enclosed gas bottle locker vented overboard
  • Stowage locker aft with bilge pump
  • 2 winch handle cockpit lockers with TMT maple surrounds
  • Contest bulkhead compass fitted in bulkhead

Deck fittings

Perspex main sliding hatch (cambered & tinted) with TMT marine maple incorporating louvered vent.   Internal & external locking device with lanyard to secure washboards.

8 toughened glass windows in aluminium frames.

Harken mainsheet track with traveller and four-part purchase control lines aft of bridge deck.

Harken genoa tracks on side decks complete with roller cars.

Stainless steel stemhead fitting with double anchor roller and drop nose pin.

4 aluminium fairleads: 2 enclosed in forward bulkhead, 2 aft on taffrail mounted on stainless steel chafing plates.

4 aluminium mooring cleats:  forward 8”, aft 8”.

Double rail stainless steel pulpit, pushpit with stainless steel stanchions and double guardwires.

Grabrails on coachroof, through connected to main saloon grabrails.

Three stainless steel tannoy ventilators on coachroof near toilet compartment.

Selden deck mast ring:  aluminium with stainless steel attachment points for turning blocks, held down by 2 rigging screws with T terminals hooked into the mast below deck.

Deck organisers: Spinlock 2 x 5 sheaves.

Clutches (Spinlock):  2 x 5s jammers mounted at aft end of coachroof.

2 Harken 46.2 STA two speed genoa winches.

2 Harken 20.2 STA two speed spinnaker winches mounted on cockpit coaming.

2 Harken 35.2 STA two speed halyard/control line winches (self tailing).

One Harken single speed winch on back of mast for mainsail reefing + 3 locking levers on gooseneck.

One Harken single speed main halyard winch mounted on starboard side of mast.

Ratchet type backstay adjuster.


Silver anodised keel-stepped masthead spar (Selden).

Aerofoil spreaders with attachments for signal halyards.

Integral luff groove track for mainsail slides fitted with sailslide gate.

Internal halyards with provision for 2 headsails, 1 spinnaker, mainsail and single spinnaker pole lift.

Deck and steaming light combined.

Conduits:  provision for additional instrumentation.

Masthead burgee and 1 single halyard.

Selden silver anodised.

Internal 3:1 purchase sail outhaul + 3 integral reef lines, all with locking levers at gooseneck.

Kicker strut (Selden): gas filled solid boom vang with tackle, leading to cockpit. No need for topping lift, although provision provided on mast.

Standing Rigging

6mm 1×19 stainless steel wire with swaged end fittings and chrome bronze open body bottle screws.

Running Rigging

2 genoa halyard:

1 main halyard.

Polyester mainsheet with Harken 6:1 blocks and jam cleat.

1 set polyester genoa sheets.

Polyester signal and burgee halyards.


Dacron (7.5 US ozs) mainsail complete with sail battens, leech line, 3 slab reefing points, tell tails, insignia, sail number and bag.  (Sanders Sails)

Dacron (7.5 US ozs) working jib complete with tell tails, leech line and bag.    (Sanders Sails)


Beta 3 cylinder (25hp) fresh water cooled diesel engine, each driving a two blade fixed propeller through a conventional drive system.

Engine compartment sound insulation.

Remote greaser for stern tube.

Stainless steel 12 gallon fuel tank with Wema fuel sender and gauge wired into chart table display.

Single lever engine control operated from cockpit.

Instrument panel.


2 x 12 volt 85+ amp hour batteries with single multi-function isolating switch

Glass fibre battery box.

Customised distributor panel complete with line drawing of vessel and light.

Functions are protected by individual circuit breakers and indicator LEDs.

Internal LED lighting:

  • 2 berth lights in forward cabin
  • 1 overhead light and 2 berth lights in saloon
  • 1 flexible chart light at chart table with red night bulb + standard white light
  • 1 strip light over chart table
  • 1 strip light over galley
  • 1 overhead heads light

External LED lighting:

  • combined port and starboard bi-colour navigation light on pulpit
  • stern light on pushpit
  • combined steaming light and deck floodlight on mast combined steaming light and deck floodlight on mast

Water Systems

18 gallon fresh water tank (stainless steel) in bilge under cabin sole unit + inspection cover.

Wema sender and gauge.

Deck filler

Heads compartment:

  • sea toilet with bronze Blakes seacocks
  • holding tank
  • sliding stainless steel wash basin with Corian surround and double acting Whale foot pump

Galley water system – as galley specification

Manual diaphragm bilge pump located in cockpit.

Interior Woodwork

Interior woodwork in choice of sustainable timbers.

Cabin sole laid with solid TMT marine maple and maple  – varnished.

Quality joinery with tongue and groove joints.


  • stainless steel double sink with rotating faucet
  • fresh water foot pump with waste pump
    both double acting
  • gimballed gas cooker with fiddle rail and locking bolt – 2 burners, grill and oven with flame failure device on all burners
  • copper gas supply pipe from externally vented and drained gas locker, internal shut-off valve with flexible armoured hose to cooker. All to comply with EU directives.
  • complete galley work top in Corian composite with fiddles and radius corners
  • hinged draining board as above covering food locker
  • insulated food box and hinged lid
  • pan stowage behind cooker
  • behind cooker recessed food and plate racks with sliding tinted perspex doors
  • above and outboard, hinged solid wood locker doors opening to form horizontal shelf with fiddle, food storage behind
  • crockery and cutlery racks
  • rubbish bin locker under sink

Navigation Area:

  • chart table in with radiused corner to take half size Admiralty chart: double hinged lid and chart stowage inside and partitions for pencils, dividers etc.
  • 2 drawers and locker below
  • bookshelf above and outboard
  • open locker under chart table
  • quarter berth end forms navigator’s seat
  • batteries stowed under berth

Main Saloon:

  • U-shaped settee to port with table, which converts into a double berth
  • Traditional solid wood drop leaf table with bottle stowage in rigid centre section
  • single berth to starboard with lee cloth
  • port and starboard sides; stowage behind backrests with lockers (raised panel solid wood doors) and bookshelf above

Heads Compartment:

  • one piece glass fibre moulding for easy cleaning
  • fitted marine toilet and open stowage
  • louvered door to main large hanging locker to starboard
  • holding tank

Forward Cabin:

  • 2 berths in V arrangement with stowage under
  • overhead locker forward


  • quarter berth to starboard with locker under

Sundry Equipment:

  • 25lb CQR anchor with 10 metres galvanised 8mm chain and 30 metres nylon warp
  • 2 x 24 metres nylon mooring rope
  • 3 PVC fenders with lanyards
  • 2 x 10” (245mm) lock in  winch handles
  • 1 x 8” (203mm) lock in winch handle

Gas installation:

  • 1 camping gas bottle in drained locker, with regulator and flexible connection to copper tubing- provision for second gas bottle.

Terms of Business

We operate under the BMF Standard Terms of Business.

The foregoing specification must be confirmed at point of sale – there may be changes when options chosen.

10% deposit required with order at which point the purchase price and delivery date will be confirmed.

30% stage payment will be due upon starting moulding.

30% stage payment will be due on completion of moulding.

The balance and the cost of extra items to be paid prior to the yacht leaving the factory.