Re: Novice looking for first boat advice. Contessa?
Keep in mind that Contessa made two versions of their 32': CONTESSA 32 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
CONTESSA 32 SM sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
The "32 SM" would be the smaller mast version with less sail area.
I've never sailed on any Contessa's but it looks like a good design and they seem to have a blue water worthy reputation.
I would not discourage you from restoring a boat like this. I know a bit about old boats as mine is from 1967. Chain plates and rigging might likely need to be renewed for blue water. Old boats with a good reputation are worth restoring, in my opinion.
Best of luck!
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