1977, Contessa 32 by Jeremy Rogers, good sails, stack pack, replacement yanmar engine fitted in 1999, spinnaker & cruising chute, Raymarine instruments, ST4000 autopilot, sprayhood (2014), dinghy, charcoal stove, 2008 upholstery.
Built in 1977. GRP construction with white hull and pale blue deck colour. Fin keel and skeg hung rudder. Bermudan sloop rig. 4/5 berths in 2 cabins. Approx 6ft headroom.
Designed by David Sadler and built by Jeremy Rogers. SOU 0142 77241.
LOA 32' 0" (9.75m)
Beam 9' 6" (2.9m)
LWL 24’ (7.32m)
Draft 5' 6" (1.68m)
Headroom 6' 0"
Displacement 9500 lbs
Slab reefing mainsail (Gowen 2007) with stackpack mainsail cover (Jeckells). Profurl genoa roller reefing system with furling No 1 Genoa (Gowen 2007). No 2 Genoa (Gowen 2012). Spinnaker (Gowen 2009). Cruising chute. All lines led aft to cockpit, spinlock clutches. Alloy mast and boom, stainless steel standing rigging.
Yanmar 2GM20 twin cylinder 18hp inboard diesel engine (1999). Shaft drive to Darglow feathering propeller. Alternator charging to 2 x 12v batteries.
Stainless steel pushpit, pulpit and guardwires, sprayhood (Evolution 2014), cockpit cover and cockpit tent, cockpit cushions, boarding ladder, tiller, carbon fibre spinnaker pole, 2 self tailing sheet winches, 2 secondary sheet winches, 2 halyard winches, Bombard AX2 inflatable dinghy, 22lb Delta anchor with 10m chain and 50m warp, anchor locker, mooring warps and fenders.
Plastimo bulkhead compass (x2), Raymarine instruments including echo sounder, log, windspeed and wind direction. Cobra DSC VHF, Sony FM/AM radio, ST4000 autopilot (2000), Navtex, MLR GPS, Echomax radar reflector, navigation lights, steaming light, tricolour masthead light, anchor light.
Jackstay life lines on side decks, danbuoy, lifebuoy, lifejackets, safety harnesses, fire extinguisher, CO detector, lifesling, manual bilge pump.
Heating by charcoal stove. Her galley has a gas cooker with 2 burners, oven and grill, icebox, pots, pans, cutlery and crockery, pressurized cold water supply to sink from 80 litre freshwater tank. Separate heads compartment with marine toilet (2012). Dark blue fabric upholstery (2008).
4/5 berths in 2 cabins with 2 "v" berths in for forward cabin, 2 single settee berths in the saloon and one quarter berth to starboard, galley to port, chat table to starboard.
"French Herring" was purchased by her present owners in 2007 after carefully researching the Contessa 32. A professional survey was carried out at the time. She has proven to be everything claimed for this famous design. Her owners have enjoyed cruises on the South and East coasts and sevveral North Sea crossings, with a larger crew her owners have raced her in 2 Round the Island races (5th out of 37 in 2009!) and many local events. She is a delightful boat to sail and although there are always things to be done, her owners feel that "French Herring" is in a good state of both comfort and efficiency. They are reluctantly selling as they have purchased a Dutch Barge to suit the slower pace of life ahead.