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
KEEL BALLAST - 2042 KGS
5 Berths including 1 x Double and 3 x Single Berths with 6' headroom.
Blue Custom Designed Material Upholstery
Varnished Cherry Wood interior with walnut veneer
12v Cabin Lighting
Taylors 2 Burner Cooker with Oven & Grill - Paraffin
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
Aluminium Klacko Spars
Stainless Steel Standing Rigging
Slab Mainsail Reefing (from cockpit)
Sheffer Furling System
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)
2 x Bowrollers
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
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:
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.
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