1984 Contessa OOD 34 for Sale



General Information

Make and Model Contessa OOD 34
Year 1984
Name "Nazca II"
Length Overall 33.5 feet (10.21 m)
Beam 11.08 feet (3.38 m)
Draft 6.3 feet (1.92 m)

Hull Fibreglass
Engine(s) Volvo 2003
Engine Power 28 hp
Fuel Type Diesel
Heads 1
Location Chatham, United Kingdom


Nazca II is a well looked after and specified Contessa OOD 34, her current owner bought her in 2000 and has cruised and raced her regularly in that time. She has a strong inventory and will serve her next owners well, she has been set up for ORC Category 2 offshore racing.


Designed by Doug Peterson
Built by Contessa Yachts in 1984 to Jeremy Rogers highest standard
Injection molded GRP Hull and hand-laid deck/coachroof 
Mk2 coachroof, giving better headroom and cockpit layout

Fin keel
Spade rudder

LOA: 10.26m / 33'67''
BEAM: 3.38m / 11'08''
DRAFT: 1.93m / 6'33''

Mechanicals and Electricals

Volvo 2003 series Diesel inboard
28hp from three cylinders
Freshwater cooled, linked to calorifier
Shaft drive to 2 blade folding propeller fitted 2018
Engine removed in 2017 for a major overhaul

1 x 120 amp/hr Engine battery
1 x 120 amp/hr Domestic battery
New electrical panel fitted 2007 with integrated DC & AC power switch, battery charger and controls for AC immersion heater
Shore power connection
Solar panel on coachroof


Eberspacher diesel cabin heating
New headlinins in 2014
LED lighting throughout


Masthead Sloop right
Z-spar mast - New in 2003
Z-spar boom - New 2015
S/S standing rigging with inner forestay (New 2011)
Selden 2000 rollerfurler for headsail 
New spreaders 2015 with mast inspection
Twin Selden spinnaker poles
Halywards pockets
All halywardslead aft

2 x Amtel 30 two speed seft tailing winches
2 x Lewmar 70 Speed Main sheet winches
2 x 40 2 Speed spinnaker winches
2 x Lewmar 40 2 speed winches on coachroof (Not in use)

- 135 % Wilkinson Sails roller headsail with UV strips ( delivery and cruising sail ) New 2016 Excellent condition
- 135% Quantum racing headsail for roller furler ( new aprox 2011 ) fair condition
- 100% Hyde heavy weather headsail with vertical battens, can be successfully reefed down to 40%, but main working headsail has to be removed first   New 2011 Good Condition
- 100% Hyde heavy weather headsail with hanks to attach to inner forestay,has horizontal battens and a horizontal reefing slab  to reduce area to aprox 50%   New 2013 Excellent condition
- Main Sail: Hyde fully battened sail with three reefing slabs  New 2011  slightly worn but still good shape
- Hyde light weather spinnaker, good condition
- Hyde heavy weather spinnaker, good condition
- Storm jib with hanks to attach to inner forestay  excellent condition
- Trysail for main still unused !

Navigational Equipment

Monitor wind vane self steering

Garmin GPS Map 162 GPS
B&G Hercules system 390 inculding; Depth Sounder, Speed log
Wind Speed and Direction
Digital yacht AIT 1000 class B AIS Transponder
IBM Think Pad lap top running Windows XP fitted inside chart table with DC charger wired into electrical panel for AIS display
Raymarine RL70C colour chart plotter & radar
Raymarine Tiller pilot ST4000 linked to remainder of system via NMEA and Sea Talk for display of parameters
Horizon Eclipse VHF with DCS , new 2018
Icom IC 707 SSB short wave radio with antenna tuner mounted in lazarette and insulated back stay

Owner Comments

NAZCA II is a Doug Petersen designed yacht built by Contessa Yachts in 1984, and was a part of a 90 strong fleet of one design offshore yachts. The hull is injection moulded and the whole build standard is to Jeremy Rodgers high quality. in 1984 she originally cost over £50,000

She has the Mk2 coach roof which has an improved  design giving more headroom below and a better designed cockpit with a separate gas locker and twin stern lazerettes.  Following the demise of Contessa at the end of the 80's the remaining completed hulls were made into Contessa 34's but with a smaller rig and different keel configuration.

She was custom fitted to the first owners specification with the cabin being fitted out to a more comfortable layout than most of the earlier models.  The original owner mainly raced her in the Solent and channel and achieved many wins in the class fleet racing .

Nazca is a superb sea boat and has safely taken us through gales of up to Severe  Gale 9 over many thousands of miles

I purchased Nazca  in 2000 as the 2nd owner and participated in offshore RORC and EAORA racing over the next 7 years, major races entered included the 2001 & 2003 Fastnet ( plus qualifying races ), Cowes Week, Round the Island additionally in 2001 we entered every RORC South and East coast race that season with the exception of the very last race of the year .  Most of these were raced fully crewed with up to the maximum nine crew allowed under IRC

Nazca's original sail handling layout required a larger crew than was always available , plus the fleet was dispersed so that class racing no longer was available so I changed the sail handling adding roller furling , bringing all the halyards back to the cockpit and adding a Scanmar Monitor self steering  for 2 handed racing and light handed cruising 

Since then she has been raced in the 2008 Fastnet, 2011 Azores & Back ( AZAB ) plus four of the YM Triangle races  ( Torquay - Kinsale - Treguir - Torquay ) as well as qualifying races and delivery trips,   extended cruises have included a trip round the UK ( via the Caledonia canal in 2017, cruises to Denmark - Holland amongt many others 

She is fitted out to ORC Category 2 specifications and has been maintained to the highest possible standard by myself over this period.

Reason for selling is solely due to my pending retirement and planning to invest in a larger yacht for a circumnavigation


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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