The Contessa 32 is one of the most successful cruiser racers of the last 30 years - and it's easy to see why. She's a joy to sail on the wind, quick on a reach, and well set up for spinnaker work downwind. With a dry weight of over four tonnes, a deep forefoot leading to a long fin keel and a skeg-mounted rudder, she's a solid sea-boat that will see you through all seasons of offshore sailing. All that and she's still winning races on handicap. The deep cockpit felt very safe, and the proper gunwales made working on deck feel secure. The grabrail attached to the aft edge of the sprayhood made stepping onto the slightly narrow sidedecks easy. With the sprayhood and dodgers in place it did feel a little too cocooned and visibility to windward was a bit limited.

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Sail boat test - Contessa 32

25. juli 2014

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Sail boat test - Contessa 32

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Theo Stocker takes an in-depth look at this iconic cruiser-racer, on an early season trip out of Sunderland. What's she like to sail?

The Contessa 32 is one of the most successful cruiser racers of the last 30 years - and it's easy to see why. She's a joy to sail on the wind, quick on a reach, and well set up for spinnaker work downwind. With a dry weight of over four tonnes, a deep forefoot leading to a long fin keel and a skeg-mounted rudder, she's a solid sea-boat that will see you through all seasons of offshore sailing. All that and she's still winning races on handicap. The deep cockpit felt very safe, and the proper gunwales made working on deck feel secure. The grabrail attached to the aft edge of the sprayhood made stepping onto the slightly narrow sidedecks easy. With the sprayhood and dodgers in place it did feel a little too cocooned and visibility to windward was a bit limited.


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