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Contest 33 Boat for Sale

  • Manufacturer: Contest
  • Location: Chatham
  • Year: 1974
  • LOA: 32'1" (9.78m)
  • Beam: 10' 4'' (3.15m)
  • Berths: 5
  • Draft: 1.6
  • Keel: Fin keel
  • ID no.: 38200
  • Cabins: 2
  • Heating: No
  • Heads: 1
  • Watertank Size: 120 Litres
  • Engine Make: Volvo Penta
  • Horsepower: 23hp
  • Drive Type: Shaft drive
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Fuel Tank Size: 75 Litres

Broker Remarks

1974 Contest 33 £14,459 
The Contest 33 is a classic fin and skeg cruiser-racer from the 1970s, from a high-quality Dutch builder. This 1974 example has a very tidy interior. Unusually for a traditional yacht of this size, she also has wheel steering. If you are thinking of a Rival 31 or Contessa 32, have a look at this less well-known yacht instead.


The Contest 33 offers 5 berths in 2 cabins with 6' 1" headroom. Two berths forward with v-berth infill. Heads to port with marine toilet, drawers and hanging cupboard opposite. Saloon with settee berths to port and starboard, folding dining table and stowage outboard. Galley to starboard aft with gas cooker with two burners, stainless steel sink with pressurised fresh water system and a coolbox/fridge. Chart table to port aft with instrumentation, electrical panel and quarter berth. Green coloured cushions Curtains to windows. 120 litre water tank.

Mechanical and Rigging

Mechanical Systems

The Contest 33 is powered by a single 1984 Volvo Penta twin cylinder 23hp inboard diesel engine, shaft drive to a fixed two bladed propeller. 75 litre steel fuel tank. 5 knots cruising speed and approx. 6 knots max speed under engine.

Electrical System

2 x 12-volt batteries (2018) charging from the engine alternator.

Sails and Spars

Sails and Spars

Masthead Bermudan sloop. Silver anodised aluminium mast by anodised boom. Stainless steel standing rigging (all new 2012) Terylene running rigging. Single line slab reefing to mainsail. Plastimo headsail reefing system.

2 x Sheet winches (Harken)
1 x Halyard winch

1 x Mainsail (2006 good condition, last valeted 2012)
1 x Genoa No1 (2006 good condition, last valeted 2012)
1 x Genoa No2 (2006 good condition, last valeted 2012)
1 x Storm Jib (2006 good condition, last valeted 2012)
1 x Spinnaker (2006 good condition, last valeted 2012)


Safety Equipment
  • 5 x Fire extinguishers
  • Engine room extinguisher
  • Fire blanket
  • Jackstays
  • Cockpit harness points
  • 2 x lifejackets
  • Deck light
  • Spotlight
  • Horseshoe lifebuoy
  • Floating light
  • Danbuoy
  • MOB Sling
  • XM Liferaft (last serviced 2018)
  • Emergency tiller
  • Bilge pumps (manual & electric)
  • First aid kit
  • Radar reflector
Navigation Equipment
  • Compass
  • Depth
  • Speed/Log
  • Windspeed/Direction
  • VHF Radio
  • GPS
  • AIS
  • SSB radio transceiver
  • Autopilot
  • Navigation lights
  • Masthead light
  • Paper charts
Deck Equipment
  • 1 x Anchor (Plough)
  • Kedge anchor
  • Chain/Warp 20/16m
  • Mainsail cover
  • Boom awning
  • Sprayhood
  • Cockpit dodgers
  • Binnacle cover
  • 6 x Fenders
  • 6 x Mooring warps
  • Table leg for cockpit

Fin Keel. Wheel Steering.

History and Construction

Contest 33 built by Conyplex NV in 1974. White painted GRP hull with white moulded non-slip decks. Long fin keel with skeg hung rudder and wheel steering. Self-draining aft cockpit. Teak laid decks.

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