‘Stroma of Findhorn‘, is a beautiful example of the sought after Dawn 39. These superb yachts are well regarded among the sailing community with their elegant lines and excellent handling characteristics with a long fin keel, full skeg hung rudder and an encapsulated lead keel gives good directional and heavy weather stability. From the drawing board of David Alan-Williams and a further development of the Contessa 38, this yacht was created to take its crew safely and swiftly on offshore passages in comfort, as well being able to hold its own around a race course. Down below, her beautifully fitted interior offers comfort and practicality; with six berths, full standing headroom, excellent stowage and good ventilation throughout. On deck you have an easy sail plan with her in mast main and a safe cockpit for shelter in all weathers. This example has been carefully maintained and upgraded over the last 8 years, by her current owners including new navigation equipment, rigging, wind generator and sails plus much more. Not often for sale on the brokerage market, ‘STROMA’ offers a new owner an excellent conditioned yacht. 

Lying: Main Marina, Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu

Price: £74,000

Contact: Peter Millard – Tel: 07785 385220 – Email:

Owner’s Comments:

‘STROMA’ has been a much-loved family yacht, which has looked after us in all conditions. Her stunning looks are what attracted us to her (as we had always admired her smaller cousin, the Contessa 32) and what we will miss most when we move on. She has a great turn of speed, and some good results in passage races to prove it, but most of all she is a delight to sail.

We have over our 8 years of ownership invested significantly in ‘Stroma’. The boat has always had a minimum of 8 weeks ashore where she has been anti-fouled, the engine and sail drive serviced, new anodes fitted and any other repairs undertaken. But in addition to this the following major upgrades have been undertaken; all through hull fittings replaced 2014, standing rigging replaced 2015, New sails 2016, engine and sail-drive removed, refurbished and replaced with new engine mounts and new sail drive diaphragm 2019, all windows and hatches removed, refurbished with new glass and the topsides professionally painted, the teak decks professional refurbished and new sea toilet installed in 2020, new B&G navigation and radar systems installed in 2021, new spray hood 2022.

‘Stroma’ will pass to her new owners in great condition and also with a huge range of extra’s that are listed in the details below. Having retired with the plan to undertake more adventurous cruising involving spending much longer periods of time aboard, we are looking to buy a larger yacht with more cabins and space below. 


RCD Status: Our understanding is that the yacht is exempt from the essential safety requirements of the Recreational Craft Directive as she was built and placed into use within the EU prior to 1998.

Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:

  • GRP balsa sandwich construction with kevlar in bow section.
  • Teak laid decks and cockpit (teak refurbished 2020).
  • All deck equipment removed and re-fitted and coach roof painted as part of re-fit in 2020.
  • 48% ballast ratio.

Keel & Rudder:

  • Encapsulated long fin keel with lead ballast.
  • 5 tonnes of Lead ballast.
  • Skeg hung rudder.


Engine & Gearboxes:

  • 1 x Yanmar 35 3HM.
  • Engine and saildrive removed and refurbished 2019 (including new engine mounts and saildrive gasket).

Maintenance & Performance:

  • Engine hours – 2,833 Oct 2022.
  • Engine last serviced: 2022 – gear box oil change October 2022.
  • Cruising speed – 6.5kts at 2500 rpm.
  • Maximum speed – 7.5kts at 3000 rpm.
  • Fuel consumption at cruising speed – 0.9 litres per hour.
  • Range @ cruising speed – 200 Nm.

Propulsion & Steering:

  • 3-blade folding prop.
  • Wheel steering (teak) and direct geared via pedestal.
  • Emergency tiller system.

Electrical Systems:

Voltage Systems:

  • 12vDC/24vDC domestic system with 220v/110AC ring main from shorepower.

Battery Banks:

  • 3 x 110 Ah 12vDC house batteries.
  • 1 x Engine start battery.

Battery Chargers:

12v-20a Pro Charge Ultra – Sterling Power. 


  • Wind generator on stern. 

Shore Power:

  • Shore power lead and connector. 

Plumbing Systems:

Fresh Water & Water Heating System:

  • Hot and cold pressurised water system to galley and heads.
  • Hot water via calorifier and immersion heater.
  • Salt water pressured anchor wash.

Bilge Pumps:

  • 1 x Whale manual.
  • 1 x Electric.

Grey & Black Water:

  • No holding tank.
  • Toilet and hoses replaced 2019.



  • 170-180 litres in stainless steel tank.

Fresh Water:

  • 200l in main tank.
  • 200l in reserve tank.

Navigation Equipment:

  • B&G Vulcan plotter in cockpit (new 2020).
  • 2 x B&G Triton instruments including wireless wind (new 2020).
  • B&G Halo Radar (pole mounted on stern) (new 2020).
  • Raymarine autopilot.

Domestic Equipment:


  • 2 x Stainless steel sinks in tiled work surfaces.
  • Top loading fridge.
  • 2-burner, hot plate and oven and grill (Taylors).
  • All gas systems replaced in 2021.


  • Single heads.
  • Dual purpose taps/shower head.

Heating & Ventilation:

  • Eberspecher diesel powered central heating throughout.
  • 7 x Lewmar hatches (all re-glazed and re-bedded in 2020).
  • 2 x Vetus deck ventilators at transom.


  • Pioneer radio/USB player with speakers in saloon.


  • Lighting throughout.
  • Masthead Tricolor and anchor light (LED) (replaced 2022).
  • Steaming light and deck light (LED) (replaced 2022).


Summary of Accommodation:

  • 7 berths in 2 cabins (including 3 in saloon).
  • Hand build interior with grain matched sycamore and American light oak.
  • Saloon headlining (refurbished 2020).
  • All windows removed and re-glazed 2020 with new “sunbrella” curtains.

Internal Layout:

Description of layout from forwards..

Forward Cabin:

  • With V-berth, provided with an infill piece and cushion.
  • Hanging locker.
  • Storage lockers and draws.
  • Opening hatch.


  • To port with manual toilet, wash basin and shower.
  • Teak grating to heads sole.
  • Easy access to sea cocks in large locker under sink.
  • Lockers to port and under sink.


  • U-shaped settee to port converting into a sea berth with lee cloth.
  • Settee to starboard converting into a sea berth with lee cloth.
  • Bookshelves and lockers outboard to port.
  • Barometer and clock.
  • Sea berth to starboard.
  • Heating throughout.
  • Folding saloon table – with backgammon board.

Navigation Area: 

  • To starboard with forward facing chart table and seat.
  • 12v socket.
  • Chart reading light (red/white).


  • To port with gimballed Plastimo Neptune cooker.
  • Double stainless steel sinks with hot and cold water.
  • Top opening ISOTHERM refrigerator.
  • Light on coachroof above galley & strip light above cooker.

Aft Cabin: 

  • Double berth to port.
  • Settee to starboard.
  • Large hanging locker.
  • Locker space.

Deck Equipment:


  • Masthead sloop – converted from cutter rig.
  • All equipment, rigging & sails required to return to cutter rig a 2 x foresail cruising configuration.
  • Double spreader stainless steel wire – all standing rigging replaced 2014 by Holman rigging.
  • Keel stepped anodised aluminium mast (Proctor) with in-mast furling.
  • Anodised aluminium boom (Proctor).
  • Hydraulic kicker.


  • 2 x Lewmar 48 2 speed self-tailing in cockpit.
  • 2 x Lewmar 40 2 speed self-tailing in cockpit.
  • 2 x Lewmar 30 2 speed self-tailing at companionway.
  • 2 x Lewmar 40c at mast.
  • Winch handles.


  • Sail area 73.5 m2.
  • 120% genoa (Sanders Sails 2016).
  • Furling main with 4 vertical battens (Sanders sails 2016).
  • Full suits of spare sails including yankee, staysail and storm sails.


  • Mooring lines.
  • Fenders
  • Sunbrella cockpit cushions.
  • An easy removable wheel mechanism + seat infills with matching Sunbrella cushions to allow the cockpit to become a much larger entertaining area.
  • Full set of waterproof cockpit cushions.

Anchoring & Mooring Equipment:

  • Electric windlass.
  • CQR anchor with 60m of chain.
  • Kedge anchor.
  • Numerous warps and lines.

Covers, Canvas & Cushions:

  • New sprayhood (Sanders) October 2022.
  • Full cockpit cover extension to the spray hood to fully encapsulate the cockpit.
  • Bimini sun shade for the cockpit.

Safety Equipment:

  • 4-man life raft (not in date) in stainless steel cage fitted to pushpit.
  • Man overboard recovery sling.
  • Inflatable danbuoy.

Fire-Fighting Equipment:

  • 3 x Fire extinguishers in cabin.
  • 1 x Automatic fire extinguisher (engine compartment).
  • 1 x Fire blanket (galley).
  • Carbon monoxide alarm.