The Contessa 32, a masthead sloop, was designed by David Sadler and built in the UK and Canada by Jeremy Rogers Ltd and J J Taylor & Sons respectively.
Underwater Profile: Fin and Skeg
Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)
Length Overall: 32'0" / 9.8m
Waterline Length: 24'0" / 7.3m
Beam: 9'6" / 2.9m
Draft: 5'6" / 1.7m
Rig Type: Masthead Sloop
Displacement: 9,500lb / 4,309kg
Designer: David Sadler
Builder: Jeremy Rogers Ltd (UK); J J Taylor & Sons (Canada)
Year First Built: 1972
Year Last Built: Still under production in UK
Number Built: 600+ to date
Owners Association: Contessa 32 Class Association
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 15.5
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 47.4
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 307
4. Comfort Ratio: 27.7
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.8
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1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of just 15.5 suggests that the Contessa 32 will need a stiff breeze to get her going. In light conditions, unless you've got plenty of time on your hands, motor-sailing may be the way to go.
2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 47.4 means that the Contessa 32 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 307, tells us the Contessa 32 is clearly a heavy displacement cruising boat. You can load her down with all your cruising gear and equipment and it will hardly affect her waterline. Not an ideal choice for coastal sailing, but she'll come into her own on an offshore passage in testing conditions.
4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 27.7 suggests that crew comfort of a Contessa 32 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness.
5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.8 tells us that a Contessa 32 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0.
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