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Contessa 33

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10.06m (33'0")



Underwater profile


1 x Diesel 18hp, Volvo 2002 (1984)



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Extra Details

Designer Rob Humphreys
Builder Contessa Yachts Ltd
Lying Swasnea
Fuel capacity 25.0 ltr (5.5 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 136.4 ltr (30.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x Diesel 18hp
Engine make and model Volvo 2002 (1984)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering Tiller
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) Folding 2 blade
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 6.5 knots


Engine serviced May 2017.


LOA 10.06m (33'0")
LWL 8.84m (29'0")
Beam 3.60m (11'10")
Draft Min 1.83m (6'0")
Draft Max 1.83m (6'0")
Displacement 3,739kg (8,245.0lbs)
Headroom 1.83m (6'0")
Storage Ashore



Sloop rigged Seldon Aluminium spars (1984) with Other standing rigging (2005)


Mainsail North - Slab (2016) Stack Pack, Lazy Jacks, 3 Reefs
Headsail North - Furling (2016)
Other sails Westaways No 3 (2005)
Northsails Asymetric spinnaker (2006)
Westaways 0.75 spinnaker (2005)
Westaways 0.5 spinnaker and storm jib. (unknown year)
Main (unknown year)
No 1 genoa in dacron (unknown year)
Spinnaker gear tick


Mainsail and Genoa are NorLam Xi 06 which are laminate sails that are designed to fill the gap between cruising and racing sails. Only used once.

Electrical Systems


12 volt, 3 batteries charged by: engine, solar panels


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Gelcoat finish


Total # of berths 8
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 4
Cabin(s) 2
Handbasin 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Sea Toilet)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Cabin heating tick
Pressurised water system tick


New Nelson cooker fitted in 2016
New pump fitted to sea toilet in 2016
Eberspascher heater


2 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
Radar tick
VHF DSC radio tick
GPS tick
Chart plotter tick
Autopilot tick
Stereo tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
Echo sounder tick

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Sprayhood tick
Spray dodgers tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Instrument Covers tick


4 halyard winches
2 sheet winches
2 anchors
(Delta & Danforth)
30.00m (98'5") of chain
20.00m (65'7") of warp
Avon Redcrest dinghy (2005)

Safety Equipment

Liferaft tick
Life buoys tick
Safety harnesses tick
Horn tick


3 bilge pumps (2 manual / 1 Electric)


Bronze seacocks replaced on bilge outlets 2017.
Heads inlet and outlet seacocks replaced 2016, all other seacocks serviced.

Broker's Comments

The Contessa 33 was one of the best designs of her generation. She was designed by Rob Humphries, built by Contessa Yachts Ltd and Terence Conran designed the interior with ingenious use of space giving a light and airy feel. She is a boat that can be cruised in comfort and is easily handled by a couple or family whilst also having the advantage of being able to produce results in regattas and club races. The lines are all led back to the cockpit to make handling her that much easier. She is a capable yacht in the most extreme conditions.
This example has been in the same ownership for the last 10 years and has been well maintained with many new items fitted. She has an extensive sail wardrobe with a new NorLam Tour Xi 06 main and genoa fitted last year which has only been used once. A stack pack and sprayhood were also fitted in 2016.
She is a well equipped yacht that would benefit from a bit of varnishing internally but externally she has been polished and anti fouled. If you are looking for a boat that is ready to be sailed away please make an appointment to view. These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Contessa 33 has been personally photographed and viewed by Keith on 07968 375172 of Boatshed Wales. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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