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  • Manufacturer: Contention
  • Price: £19,950
  • Location: Portland
  • Year: 1983
  • LOA: 32'10" (10.00m)
  • Beam: 10' 4'' (3.16m)
  • Berths: 6
  • Draft: 1.83
  • Keel: Fin keel
  • ID no.: 463
  • Cabins: 1
  • Heating: Eberspacher
  • Heads: 1
  • Engine Make: Volvo Penta MD2030
  • Horsepower: 28hp
  • Drive Type:
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Cruise Speed: 5
  • Top Speed: 6

Broker Remarks

This Contention 33 has an ocean pedigree unrivalled by most other yachts in this size range. With ocean passages from South Africa to the UK in 1984 and a successful AZAB race completed in 2007. She has been fitted out with safety and security in mind and in addition includes an extensive sail wardrobe, cabin heating, electric windlass and an array of electronics.

The Contention 33 is based on the popular 3/4 ton design of the 70's with offshore sailing in mind rather than round the cans racing. Scherzo will work well as a comfortable cruiser to take you wherever you want to go whilst offering you the opportunity to sail offshore and possibly race. Scherzo has been widely cruised in the last five years including the West Coast of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Northern Spain among other destinations. 

Call 01305 818451 to arrange a viewing or request a virtual tour  


Forward Cabin
Double V-berth with in fill
Access to anchor locker / windlass
Storage under bunks

Jabsco manual marine toilet
Sink with counter top surround cold water tap with foot pump
Storage lockers behind and under sink

Berth behind settee to Port
Port and Starboard Settee berths
Saloon table with fiddles
Clock and barometer
Bookshelf to starboard
Storage under settees

Neptune 2000 2 burner gas cooker with oven and grill (New 2017)
Insulated cool box
Cold water tap with foot pump
Sliding storage cupboards
Storage lockers

Chart table
Large chart table
Drawers under
Chart storage compartment
Red reading light
Stereo/Cd player with speakers

Quarter berth
Full length berth
Control panel for electrics
Storage under

Mechanical and Rigging

Doug Peterson design Hull was laid up in Cape Town South Africa by False Bay Marine
GRP Hull deck and superstructure with teak hand rails and cockpit seats
Fin Keel
Spade Rudder

Volvo Penta MD2030 28HP Inboard Diesel Engine
Sail drive
2 blade folding propellor (2017)

1 x Engine battery
1 x House battery
1 x Windlass battery

Eberspacher airblown cabin heating

Masthead sloop
Aluminium mast
Aluminium boom
Aluminium spinnaker pole
Standing rigging (2016)
Schaeffer headsail furler
Slab mainsail reefing
3 reef points 
All lines led aft
2 X arrays of Spinlock clutches on coachroof

2 X Lewmar 42 ST Primary winches
3 X Lewmar 16 ST Halyard winches

Kemp Vectron mainsail (2011)
Kemp Vextron reinforced No1 headsail (2011) Hardly used
Kemp No2 Vectron headsail
Kemp No3 Vectron headsail
No 4 Headsail (original little use)
Storm jib (original little use)
Trisail (original little use)
Large spinnaker
Cruising chute (1996)


Navigation Equipment
Standard Horizon Colour Chartplotter CP3000

AIS class B transponder
B&G Network Data display at chart table
MeteoMan Barometer 
Target SSB Radio receiver
Garmin GPS 128
Raymarine ST2000+ tiller pilot
ICOM ICM411 Marine VHF DSC Radio
B&G Network Speed
B&G Network Wind
B&G Network Tack
B&G Network Depth

Deck Equipment
Bruce Anchor with 50m 8mm chain and warp
Electric windlass with hand controller
Kedge anchor & warp
Avon Redstart inflatable dinghy

Habitent cockpit tent (unused) 
Boom Cover
Genoa foil/sail cover
2 X Strongpoints for harnesses in cockpit
Warps and fenders

By Seperate negotiation:

Safety Equipment
Auto-fire extinguisher in engine bay
Fire extinguisher
Fire blanket
Bilge pump
2 X Life rings with lights 
Dan Bouy

The boat was prepared for and successfully completed the AZAB offshore race in 2011 and therefore has many additional safety features

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Disclaimer : offers the details of this vessel for sale but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of the information contained in the specification or warrant the condition of the vessel or equipment. A buyer should instruct his agents, or surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered for sale subject to no prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.