Contessa 38

34,950 Tax Exempt | Plymouth United Kingdom


  • Make Contessa
  • Model 38
  • Year 1973
  • LOA 38ft/12m
  • Class Sailing Cruiser
  • Hull Glass Reinforced Plastic
  • Keel Fin Keel
  • Rig Sloop
  • Engine Single Diesel
  • Drive Shaft Drives
  • Layout Aft Cockpit
  • Berths 7
  • Cabins 2
  • Ancasta Ref 33016
  • Name Mantra


Contessa 38 built in 1973 - A rare opportunity to purchase this classic racing yacht from the 1970s, built by Jeremy Rogers based upon a design by Sparkman and Stephens. One of only six built, she was designed to IOR rules, competing in the 1973 One-Ton cup series. Subsequently converted for cruising, she raced and cruised in Baltic waters and then the Mediterranean for nearly 20 years before being purchased by her current Owner in 1997. Please contact Ancasta Plymouth for further information and viewing arrangements.


Contessa 38
Built by Jeremy Rogers, Lymington, 1973
Based on a design by Sparkman & Stephens

GRP hull, deck and superstructure
6cm deep stringers running fore and aft over the full length of the vessel
Steel sub-frame under the mast and above keel
Lead keel bolted to stub with keel bolts also passing through sub-frame
Interior trim of teak and teak faced plywood

LOA: 11.7m
LWL: 9.6m
BEAM: 3.5m
DRAFT: 2.0m
*All figures are approximate


Masthead rig by Proctor
Silver anodised aluminium single spreader
Two spinnaker poles
Jockey pole
Selden boom (1997)
Dedicated tri-sail track fitted to mast, 1997
Harken MK2 headsail furling system
Heavy duty Lewmar mainsheet 'X' track, car and traveller system with Harken blocks
Genoa sheet turning blocks
Spinnaker sheet turning blocks

Main Stays - 10mm (1x19) stainless steel wire rigging. Forestay and upper shrouds renewed, 2008. Backstay and lower shrouds renewed, 2011. Selden mechanical backstay tensioner fitted 2011
Baby Stay - 6mm (1x19) stainless steel wire rigging - adjustable on a track
Inner Forestay - 8mm (1x19) stainless steel wire rigging. A removable staysail forestay stowed alongside the mast and secured to a strong point 1m aft of the stemhead when in use. Mechanical (screw) tensioner

2 x genoa halyards
2 x spinnaker halyards
Main halyard
Topping lift
Spinnaker pole lifts and downhauls
Port and starboard preventer lines

Mainsail - 29 metre-squared by Royal Sails (NEW 1986). Re-cut by Sanders Sails in 1998 and an additional row of reefing points added (4 total)
Genoa - 47 metre-squared furling genoa by Sanders Sails (NEW 1997)
No.4 - 14 metre-squared hank-on sail flown from inner forestay
Spinnaker with snuffer
Storm Jib - 10 metre-squared by Sanders Sails (NEW 1997)
Tri-sail - 9 metre-squared with dedicated track on mast

2 x Lewmar 55, 3 speed primary (genoa) with Lewmar cross-link system
2 x Lewmar 43, 2 speed spinnaker winches
2 x Lewmar 40, 2 speed genoa halyard winches
2 x Lewmar 25, 2 speed spinnaker halyard winches
2 x Lewmar 16, 2 speed spinnaker uphaul and downhaul winches
1 x Lewmar 40, 2 speed mainsail halyard winch
*Including numerous winch handles



Forward Cabin:
2 berths in 'V' arrangement with infill making a double
Lockers under for sail stowage, etc
Lockers above to port and starboard, reading lights

Heads Compartment:
Lavac sea toilet
Porcelain washbasin and separate shower head with pressurised hot and cold water supply
Large hanging locker and separate linen/laundry lockers to starboard

'L' shaped settee to port converting to double berth with lockers, shelves and stowage behind
Large double leaf central saloon table
Single berth to starboard with bookshelf and lockers behind
Lee cloths fitted to saloon berths
Main cabin lights and reading lights for berths

Navigation Station:
Full-size chart table with chart stowage and locker beneath

Double stainless steel sinks with pressurised hot and cold water supply
Top opening insulated coolbox with Isotherm refrigerator unit (refrigerator unit not working and requires replacement)
Gimballed Plastimo Neptune 2000 gas cooker with double hob and separate oven and grill
Numerous stowage lockers

Port Quarter Berth:
Single berth with cave lockers and cupboards above
Reading light above
Calorifier located below provides hot water storage and supply from engine cooling system

Starboard Quarter berth:
Single berth with cave lockers and cupboards above
Reading light above
Domestic and engine batteries located below along with battery management system


50HP diesel engine driving a 3 bladed folding propeller through a V-drive gearbox, flexible coupling and stainless steel shaft

Nanni 4.220HE 4 cylinder 50HP diesel engine (NEW 2005)
ZF63 IV V-drive gearbox (NEW 2007)
Centaflex CF-M-160 flexible coupling (NEW 2007)
3-blade Flex-O-Fold folding propeller (NEW 2007)
Shaft - 30mm diameter stainless steel connecting shaft supported by two cutlass bearings (NEW 2007). Inner cutlass bearing is located in a through-hull housing (installed 2007). The outer cutlass bearing is located in the existing P-bracket

Note - the engine enclosure requires the installation of new sound insulation (the previous sound insulation has been removed)

Mechanical rod-linked geared wheel steering system
Hydraulically actuated autopilot system (actuator connected directly to the rudder quadrant arm)

3 x 100Ah 12V domestic batteries
1 x 100Ah 12V engine start battery
1 x 100A alternator charging through an Adverc Battery Management System (NEW 2009)
Shore power comprising: Adverc galvanic isolator, RCD/MCB consumer unit, Waeco 45A battery charger, single 240V socket outlet (NEW 2011)

Fuel - 29 gallons in single tank aft of engine, beneath cockpit sole
Fresh water - 40 gallons in two polyethylene tanks (NEW 2002) under main cabin berths


Raymarine Pathfinder Radar Scanner mounted on mast and interfaced to chartplotters
Tricolour masthead navigation light
Deck level navigation light set (bow + stern)
Steaming light on mast
Deck floodlight on mast

COCKPIT: B&G Triton multi-function display (wind speed, boat speed & depth), NASA depth display, Raystar 125 GPS Receiver (network connection to chart plotters)

NAVPOD AT WHEEL: Raymarine RL72C chartplotter, Navman G-Pilot 3100 display (Navman G-Pilot Display is not working although the autopilot still functions correctly)

CHART TABLE: Shipmate VHF radio telephone, Raymarine RL72C chartplotter (networked with cockpit plotter), Trimble Transpak2, 8 channel GPS receiver (backup), Navman autopilot processor, original (redundant) B&G instruments in-situ

Simpson Lawrence Anchorman 1000 electric windlass
35lb CQR anchor with 35m of 8mm chain plus 35m warp
10kg Bruce anchor
Kedge anchor

Mainsail cover (blue)
Sprayhood (blue)
Dodgers (blue with boat name in white)
Excel 290 inflatable dinghy (NEW 2010)
Tohatsu 3.5HP outboard motor (NEW 2010)
Teak cockpit table
Various warps and fenders
Teak washboard
Polycarbonate washboard (10mm thick)
2 x Dorade ventilators
2 x mushroom ventilators
Chronometer & barometer on saloon bulkhead

Aluminium pulpit, stainless steel pushpit, stanchions and double guardwires
2 x horseshoe lifebuoys
Danbuoy (telescopic)
Distress flares (expiry Dec 2020)
Radar reflector
Drogue (Delta 72")
Plastimo Cruiser ORC 6-man valise liferaft (NEW 1996, next service due 2019)

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Ancasta are acting as brokers for the vendor who is not selling in the course of business unless otherwise stated. These details are prepared from information provided by the vendor and are intended only as a guide to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed and they do not constitute part of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and to have the vessel fully surveyed by a qualified marine surveyor. Details are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Ancasta brokerages. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice. Please Note: where the vessel’s status shows as “Preliminary”, details of the vessel have not yet been confirmed by the Vendor.