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C14106

Contessa 33

Lying

Hampshire

Builder

Jeremy Rogers

Year

1985

Price

£22,000

LOA

32' 8"

Sail area

652 sq ft main and genoa

Brief details

LWL

25' 5"

Rig

sloop

Intended specifically as a more modern replacement for the famous Contessa 32, the Rob Humphreys designed Contessa 33 has turned out to be one of the most successful cruiser-racers of her time. She offers an excellent combination of speed and comfort. This 1985 example needs a bit of tidying up, but is priced accordingly.

Beam

11' 1"

Cabins

2

Draught

5' 10"

Berths

8

Displacement

8,988 lbs

Engine

Volvo 2002 diesel

Ballast

not known

BHP

18

Keel type

Lead/antimony fin keel with balanced spade rudder

Introduced in 1983/84 as a much more modern replacement for the long-lived and much-loved Contessa 32, which had been in production since 1971, Contessa 33s immediately started winning races. Peter Bruce's Contessa 33 'Owl II' was probably the most successful race boat ever, from 1992 to 199, whilst also cruising widely. Contessa 33s are still winning races now, and have their own start at Cowes Week.

Although regarded as a 'racing boat', the Contessa 33 is actually also a well fitted out and very competent cruiser, with nothing particularly demanding about the rig or handling.

The interior was designed by Conran Associates, and is fitted out in American ash, giving a very light feel to the interior. Construction is conventional GRP under the waterline, with balsa sandwich above the waterline, plus some kevlar reinforcement in the topsides at the bow. The deck is also balsa-cored, with a moulded internal headlining moulding.

Photographs January 2007

 

Below: The heads compartment has the marine WC facing forward, to port of the keel-stepped mast, and separated from the mast by a partial bulkhead

The saloon has two settee berths, with two pilot berths above

Photographs January 2007

To port, aft of the chart table, is a double quarterberth, seen here with some sails stored at the aft end. The quarterberth has a curtain for privacy

The galley is to starboard, and has sink, gimballed cooker, and a fairly large coolbox. The coolbox top forms the main work surface, however, and this is under the cockpit coamings aft, hence a litlle cramped. This is just about the only feature of the boat that attarcted any adverse comments in contemporary reviews, which were otherwise very favourable - words included ".... sails like a dream".

Photographs January 2007

The engine is a Volvo 2002, driving a fixed three bladed prop via a conventional sternshaft with P-bracket

Equipment List:

Engine details

Volvo 2002MD 18 bhp inboard diesel, driving via conventional sternshaft with 'Ocean Seal' shaft seal - this seal now reported to being in need of adjustment/attention

Fuel tank capacity

10 gallons

Propeller

three-bladed fixed prop

Batteries

2 x 185AH

Battery charging

engine alternator

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Bermudan sloop, Proctor alloy mast and boom. Twin groove headstay foil

Mainsail

slab reefing, new 2001

Genoas

Sanders No 1 genoa, 1989, No 2 genoa by North 1985, Nos 3 and 4 genoas from 1985/95

Genoa furling

 

Spinnaker

Sanders, 1992

Storm jib

Sea Teach 1995

Storm trysail

Sea Teach 1995

Primary winches

2 x Lewmar 40 two-speed

Secondary winches

2 x Lewmar 24 two-speed

Halliard winches

2 x Lewmar 16 two-speed

Reefing winch

Lewmar 8

Bower anchor

25 lb CQR with 10 metres chain and 90 feet multiplait warp

Steering

Tiller

Autopilot

 

Steering compass

Two bulkhead compasses (one Plath Merkur, one Plastimo Contest)

Warps & fenders

 

Miscellaneous

Bolt croppers, some engine spares, some tools

Navigation Equipment and instruments

GPS

Garmin 128

Log/speed

Clipper

Windspeed

fitted but not working

Depth sounder

Clipper

VHF radio

Icom IC-M501 Euro with Icom DS-100 DSC controller

Radio receiver

Radio/cassette

Miscellaneous

Prosser electronic barometer

Safety/emergency equipment

Lifebuoy

2 x horseshoe

Floating light

 

Danbuoy

 

Jackstays

 

Flares

 

Lifejackets

4

Harnesses

4

Radar reflector

 

Bilge pumps

2

Fire extinguishers

 

Interior

Cabin layout

Forecabin/heads/saloon

Berths

8

Water tank capacity

20 gallons

Cooker

Flavel Yachtmaster 2-burner, grill and oven, gas

Coolbox

 

Heads

Lavac

Miscellaneous

Dinghy

 

These particulars are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.

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