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    Contessa - 32

    Actively for sale, very keenly priced - Owner is open to very serious offers! Only one previous owner, he was the famous sailor Declan Mackell –  As a result of his experience of sailing his first Contessa, solo, round the world, he incorporated some changes in the design of Ashlin which was a bespoke yacht. A new 3 bladed prop; a new Raymarine SPX-5 autopilot; a hardly-used Hydranet/Dyneema headsail. Hydrovane self-steering gear. Also a custom made tarpaulin cover. Many more Extras. 2013 Insurance Survey Report available.


    LOA - 32' - 9.75M

    LWL - 7.32M

    BEAM - 9'6" - 2.90M

    DRAFT - 5'6" - 1.68M

    DISPL - 430KGS




    5 Berths including 1 x Double and 3 x Single Berths with 6' headroom.


    Blue Custom Designed Material Upholstery

    Eberspacher Heating

    Varnished Cherry Wood interior with walnut veneer

    12v Cabin Lighting



    Linear Galley

    Taylors 2 Burner Cooker with Oven & Grill - Paraffin



    Frigamatic Fridge

    Frigamatic Freezer






    FUEL TANKS - X 3 

    1 x Diesel Engine - 117 lts;

    1 x Diesel Eberspacher Heater - 19 lts;

    1 Paraffin for cooker - 22 ltrs


    1 X 132 LTRS

    1 X Holding Tank = 76 ltrs


    Volvo Penta 2003 28hp Shaft Drive 3 cylinder Diesel Engine with 850 hours as of 14/9/15.

    Sea Water Cooling

    Volvo MS2 Cable Control Gearbox

    3 Blade Fixed Propeller

    Last Serviced 2014

    3 x 12v Batteries - 2 x Domestic  1 x Service

    Engine Alternator replaced in 2013

    International Solid State Multi Battery Indicator


    Fabric Fuel Filter

    Cartridge Fuel Filter

    Various Cooker Spares



    Sloop Rig

    Aluminium Klacko Spars

    Stainless Steel Standing Rigging

    Slab Mainsail Reefing (from cockpit)

    Sheffer Furling System

    Spinnaker Pole


    Main - North Sails - 1989 - Dacron - Leech Frayed

    Genoa - Owen Sails - 2011 - Hydranet Dynemma - Very Good

    Storm Jib - Unused

    Storm Tri-sail - Unused

    Asymmetric Spinnaker - Fair

    Cruising Chute - Fair


    Radio VHF - Northstar NS100 - 2011

    VHF Cockpit Speaker - Northstar NS100

    GPS - Garmin Map 551 - 2012

    Echosounder - Raymarine ST60

    Autopilot - Raymarine SPX5 - 2013

    Compass - Plastimo Hand Held - 2013

    Speed/Log - Raymarine ST60 -

    Plotter - Garmin GPS MAP 551 - 2012

    Wind Direction - Raymarine ST60

    Wind Speed - Raymarine ST60



    4 x Fenders

    Boarding Ladder (unfitted)


    Deck Shower

    2 x Bowrollers


    Cockpit Cover

    Bimini Cover (partially completed)



    Halyard - 2 x Harken 35 - 2 Speed - Self-tailing - Manual

    Primary - 2 x Barient - 2 Speed - Manual

    Secondary - 2 - 1 Speed - Manual

    2 x ENKES (on 18 and a 20) on mast

    1 x ENKES 18 on Boom

    1 x 25lb CQR Plough Anchor with 3/8 galvanised 45m Chain + Warp

    Danforth 15lb Anchor

    2 Single Bow Rollers

    Lofrans Electric Windlass (requires service not working)

    4 Man Viking Liferaft - Requires service

    1 x Manual and 1 x Electric Bilge Pump

    2 x Fire Extinguishers - May require service


    Harness Points





    Hydrovane Self-Steering Gear


    Contessa 32 – ASHLIN

    Every owner says their boat is special. This one is. Only one previous owner, he was the famous sailor Declan Mackell – see page 2. As a result of his experience of sailing his first Contessa, solo, round the world, he incorporated some changes in the design of Ashlin which was a bespoke yacht. For example, the foredeck and transom are strengthened, for the windlass and the Hydrovane self-steering respectively. The engine control panel is above the quarter berth for protection from the elements.

    The 2013 Insurance Survey Report concludes; “ASHLIN is in sound condition and is a very good example of her class. She is a well-found and able vessel with good equipment, fit for many more years of service”. Report available on request. The key structural parts get glowing reports:

    • No osmosis
    • Low moisture readings
    • No play in rudder bearing
    • No play in cutlass bearing (replaced 2011)
    • Chain plates, shrouds, sound and well attached
    • Rigging is 1 X 19, 7mm (the J Rogers specification is 6mm)
    • No stranding or corrosion present
    • All sea-cocks are Blakes’, through-hull

    She comes with a new 3 bladed prop; a new Raymarine SPX-5 autopilot; a hardly-used Hydranet/Dyneema headsail.

    She comes with a Hydrovane self-steering gear. Also a custom made tarpaulin cover.

    Below decks she is a beauty – varnished cherry wood with walnut inlay; specially made pale green patterned upholstery covers. Voids are filled with foam so there is no condensation.

    There are 2 issues needing attention – the anchor windlass and the fridge are currently u/s.

    ASHLIN, built in 1989 and therefore a ‘young’ Contessa, was advertised in Classic Boat, October 2008– copy available.



    Canadian Contessas and Declan Mackell


    In 1973, J.J. Taylor president, Alan Nye Scott, had a Rogers-built hull and deck shipped from Britain so that Taylors could produce a set of moulds for Canadian production. The Contessa was an instant success, and when the production run ended in 1990, 87 32s had been built.

    Offshore cruisers will be interested to know that the fibreglass lay-up of the Canadian-built 32 meets the same Lloyd's specifications as the British boats. Boris Sam, who joined J.J. Taylor in 1970 to build the Contessa 26, comments on the 32's robust construction. "The hulls were constructed in two halves, with the gelcoat and a layer of 1.5 oz. mat. Above the waterline we used three layers of 18.5 oz. Fabmat.

    "Below the waterline we added an additional layer of 18.5 oz. Fabmat, followed by another two layers at the keel, and with five layers of the same mat added at the chainplates for the shrouds and backstay. Next, the entire laminate schedule was covered with another layer of 1.5 oz. mat."

    Lastly, as Sam explained, the two halves of the hull were joined with another five layers of mat. "It's hard to believe the amount of fibreglass that went into that boat!" said Sam.

    The primary difference between the Canadian and British models is in the interior. While the overseas boat had an all-wood finish down below, J.J. Taylor used white fibreglass headliners, as well as mouldings for the galley, head and main salon furniture, which was finished with wood trim. Consequently, the Canadian boat was slightly lighter in weight, the interior brighter, and production time shorter.

    Declan Mackell, a transplanted Irishman who now lives in Etobicoke, Ont., bought Sean-ois (Gaelic for Mother of Wisdom) in 1975. In July 1977, he sailed away on a 50,000 mile, single-handed circumnavigation, before returning to Toronto in 1983. He carried no furling gear, but with 12 sails in the lockers, he often poled-out twin running sails in the Trade Winds. Mackell reports his best day's run was 186 miles, on the Canary Islands to Barbados passage. "I didn't touch the helm for 14 days," he said, "as the twin sails and wind vane did all the work."

    The toughness of the Contessa hull was tested on Mackell's world tour when he ran into a 40-foo whale. Mackell was cooking below during the daytime, as his boat charged along at six to seven knots, when there was a loud noise, and the boat rolled violently to its beam ends. When Mackell came on deck, the obviously stunned whale lay momentarily at the surface near the boat before it swam off. Remarkably, at the point of impact there were no more than a few lines of crazing in the gelcoat at the waterline.

    In another episode, Mackell was asleep in his bunk when a cargo ship passed so close to him that the freighter's bow wave filled the jib and broke the forestay. After he was thrown from his bunk, he scrambled topsides to jury rig so he could sail to his next destination." Sean-ois was displayed in the 1984 Toronto International Boat Show, when Mackell joined the crew at J.J. Taylor. Today this circumnavigating 32 is based in Sault St. Marie, Ont.

    Mackell later bought another Contessa 32, Ashlin, launched in 1989. Modifications were made to make the boat lighter and more airy. He used no teak in the interior, added a mid-ships hatch in the coachroof, made the forward bulkhead only partial between the head and the vee-berth. Other modifications included filling all the cavities, including the cockpit coamings, behind the liners and other inaccessible areas, with foam insulation.


    The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


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    Roseann Sweeney Kip Boat Sales Michael Schmidt & Partner Tel: +0044(0)1475 529975 Fax:+0044(0)1475 529880 Mobile:0044(0)7990593158 [email protected]

    Category:Sailing Boats
    Mooring Country:United Kingdom
    Year built:1989
    Sales status:Sold
    Length:9 m/30 ft
    KW:28.0 hp
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