GIGI has had an interesting life, built in 1982 she ventured south round Cape Horn before finding herself abandoned in America. Discovered by the original builder Jeremy Rogers she was shipped back to the UK before undergoing a full restoration re-fit bringing her up to the standards of a new build Contessa 32. Launched in 2008 she was Rogers own boat proving the pedigree with numerous races wins including the CO32 National Championships in 2008 and 2009.
Purchase from Rogers by the current owner she has been professionally maintained throughout this ownership with no expense spared. She is a rare chance to acquire a world famous example of this iconic British designed and built classic cruiser, in simply excellent condition.
Wintering in Lymington with Jeremy Rogers viewing is strictly by appointment.
I had the wonderful opportunity to sail aboard GIGI during summer 2016 in the Outer Hebrides. It had been 32 years since I last sailed her, an epic voyage from New York to San Francisco by way of Cape Horn. It was a thoroughly enjoyable week and brought back fond memories. From blasting along on a tight reach in 25 knots, to gliding back toward Oban under spinnaker, GIGI performed brilliantly. I was reminded that the success our Cape Horn voyage was all due to GIGI, we were just along the for the ride.
After an extensive and well documented refit by Jeremy Rogers in 2007, and several years of loving, meticulous care by her dedicated owner, Francois Moussett, GIGI seemed like a new boat, a sailing time machine.
Francois has not only maintained the boat in near perfect condition, but he has thoughtfully outfitted GIGI for blue water sailing with top quality gear throughout. The allure of the Contessa 32 is that it is a boat that's delightful to sail on gusty afternoon, and capable of crossing any ocean. And when it comes to Contessa 32s, there's only one GIGI, a remarkable boat that is in, better than new, condition. Her next owner will have a boat that is only limited by his or her imagination."
Author of: Cape Horn to Starboard, Flirting With Mermaids, At the Mercy of the Sea & Sailing a Serious Ocean.
Its a testament to the original build quality that a yacht which has endured many long offshore passages can be stripped down after ...... years of hard service and restored to the incredibly high standard of GIGI. Built in the early period of GRP mass production boat building the hull and decks of the Contessa 32 are constructed of heavy weight, hand consolidated GRP laminates; finished externally with gelcoat. During the major re-fit both topsides and decks were re-finished with a professional two-pack re-spray. Below the waterline the hull has been epoxy coated and treated with Coppercoat antifouling with the coating renewed in 2016.
The masthead sloop rig of the Contessa 32 has proven to be a perfect match with the hull design, providing rewarding performance in all weathers driving the hull well in lighter airs while being sufficiently robust for the rigors of blue water ocean sailing. As part of the re-fitting process the whole rig was stripped down before being re-built using the original mast section with the addition of numerous new items bringing the rig up to the standards of a modern new production boat, with all lines lead at to the cockpit.
Below decks the accommodation layout is typical of any British built cruiser of that era however what stands GIGI head a shoulders above other examples of the class is the exceptionally high standards and depth of re-fitting undertaken by Jeremy Rogers in 2007/08. During the re-fit the original interior was completely removed back to the bare hull and deck mouldings before the boat was re-fitted with a complete new interior in the same original configuration, constructed of the same high quality materials and to the modern high standards of finish found in production yachts today.
The forepeak provides a V-berth in the traditional layout with central in-fill section creating a double V-bunk when required. The cabin is lined with teak veneered plywood in a simulated planking effect.
Spanning the full width of the boat forward, the walk through heads compartment if appointed with a Jabsco Marine Toilet, pull-out sink and wet locker.
As you would expect from a boat of this era the the saloon is a cozy and welcoming space with the rich teak joinery work and alcantara upholstery creating a very traditional ambiance. A solid teak fixed table is mounted on the centreline with the a U-shaped settee to port and bench type settee to starboard. Storage is provided around the saloon with locker space behind the back of the settees and in overhead lockers outboard. Both port and starboard settees convert to single berths.
To port of the companionway is a the compact galley which was again completely replaced in the 2007/08 re-fit. Galley is appointed with Force 10 gas cooker, Isotherm top loading fridge, hot and cold water faucets, single stainless steel sink and a good selection of storage lockers
Opposite the galley is the navigation station with the navigator sat on the forward end of the quarter berth the chart table is forward looking with the PC screen mounted at eye level all other instrumentation is easily visible with the ships switch panel located outboard. Storage is provided within the table for charts and drawers beneath for general equipment, an additional tool drawer is provided over the engine cover. The sizeable quarter berth extends under the starboard cockpit seating.
The extensive 2008 re-fit included complete replacement of the engine and associated systems with the current owner having maintained the systems in the same fashion throughout his ownership. Engine accessed by removing the companionway steps which create a sound insulated box, good access provided for routine maintenance purposes.
In this case we are acting as brokers only. The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation , the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.