Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: North Auckland
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Contessa 32. An English design. But apparently some built in Nth America by a Canadian firm.
The one I am looking at built in, and sailed from England. Current owner is her second owner.
Does anyone know much about this design as far as her build quality goes?
She looks a sweet boat. Cramped, but who cares. I look at todays designs and see that the "floating apartment" has come into force big time.
Even though I can afford it, I really want no part of modern designed boats.
Vendor told me he often sails past contemporary designs...and they have a look of disbelief as he does it. That may be a bit of bravado from him...but we will see.
He did admit she was wettish in a short chop, but will plough through while the other boats quickly turn back to the yacht club to avail armchair sailor stories.
As an aside: It is amazing how many miles are sailed around the yacht bar. A good reason I have avoided them for many years.
Mind you, he ripped out his motor, filled in the aperture - so that must be worth a half knot or more to weather, and has some nice sails cut.
If I do buy, I will consider refitting with a motor, but I learnt how to sail as a youngster on small keel boats without motors, so no problem there, even though I have taken a 15 year break from sailing.......apart from the odd weekend sail on a friends Alberg 30 (another very fine boat indeed).
He is only selling as he is 72, and he is moving down in size.
But if anywone out there in cyberspace has one, how do you find she has held up, build wise, over the years. The one I am looking at appears sound, but would be good to get opinions from other owners of these vessels.
Thanks in advance.