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Contessa 32

1972
Designer
David Sadler
Builder
Jeremy Rogers Ltd.
J.J. Taylor and Sons Ltd.
Hull Type
Fin with rudder on skeg
Construction
FG
Associations
Contessa 32 class
Jeremy Rodgers Ltd.

Dimensions

Length Overall
32.00 ft / 9.75 m
Waterline Length
24.00 ft / 7.32 m
Beam
9.50 ft / 2.90 m
Draft
5.50 ft / 1.68 m
Displacement
9,500 lb / 4,309 kg
Ballast
4,500 lb / 2,041 kg
Ballast Type
Lead
drawing

Rig and Sails

Type
Masthead Sloop
Reported Sail Area
433.00 ft2 / 40.23 m2
Total Sail Area
433.45 ft2 / 40.27 m2
Mainsail
Sail Area
175.00 ft2 / 16.26 m2
P
35.00 ft / 10.67 m
E
10.00 ft / 3.05 m
Mast Height
Foresail
Sail Area
258.45 ft2 / 24.01 m2
I
40.70 ft / 12.41 m
J
12.70 ft / 3.87 m
Est. Forestay Len.
42.64 ft / 13.00 m
Mizzen
PY
EY

Auxilary Power

Make
?
Model
?
HP
24
Type
Diesel
Fuel Capacity
?

Accomodations

Water Capacity
?

Calculations

Hull Speed
6.56 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
15.45
under powered
Ballast/Displacement
47.37
stiffer, more powerful
Displacement/Length
306.79
heavy
Comfort Ratio
27.54
coastal cruiser
Capsize Screening
1.79
better suited for ocean passages

Notes

The CONTESSA 32 was first built at the Jeremy Rogers Ltd.. When introduced at the London boat show of 1973, it was awarded “Boat of the Show”. Since then the yard built over 700.
In 1973, J.J. Taylor president, Alan Nye Scott, had a Rogers-built hull and deck shipped from Britain so that a set of molds for production in Canada could be created. A total of 87 boats were built in Canada. (Until 1990).
The fiberglass lay-up of the Canadian-built boat is of the same standard as the British boats.
British boats have an all-wood finish down below, while the Canadian version has a fiberglass headliner, as well as moldings for the interior furniture.
Tiller steering is standard on the Rogers boats though some Canadian boats have wheel steering.
A number of engines have been used including the Bukh 20-horsepower, Volvo 2003 28-horsepower, or a three-cylinder Yanmar diesel.
Thanks to Jeremy Rodgers Ltd. for correcting a number of errors.
Shorter rig:
I: 37.2’
J: 12.7’
P: 32.0’
E: 10.0’


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