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Contessa 26

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Boat REF# 160052
This boat has been sold
Length 7.80m (25'7")
Year 1972
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Long Keel
Sleeping berths 4
Engine 1 x diesel 9hp, Yanmar 1GM10 (1995)
Lying Gosport


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Extra Details

Designer David Sadler
Builder Rogers
Lying Gosport
Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Fuel capacity 50.0 ltr (11.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 80.0 ltr (17.6 USG) Total - 2 Tanks


Engine 1 x diesel 9hp
Engine make and model Yanmar 1GM10 (1995)
Engine Hours engine1:   1057
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering tiller
Drive shaft
Prop(s) 2 blade fixed
Fuel consumption (approx) 1.5 ltr (0.3 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 4.5 knots
Max speed (approx) 5.5 knots


10% Discount on Boat Insurance
Length 7.80m (25'7")
LWL 6.10m (20'0")
Beam 2.20m (7'3")
Draft Min 1.20m (3'11")
Draft Max 1.20m (3'11")
Headroom 1.70m (5'7")
Storage On marina


10% discount on rigging

Sloop rigged Proctor Aluminium spars (1975) with Stainless Steel standing rigging (2008)


New Sails Upgrade?
Reefing mainsail Arun - roller boom (2006)
Headsail Arun - Furling (unknown year)
Other sails No 1 (unknown year)
No 2 (unknown year)
Main (unknown year)
Storm jib (unknown year)
Spinnaker (1998)
Spinnaker gear tick

Roller reefing boom is made of wood custom shaped to take up fullness of sail as it is progressively reefed

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine, shore power


10% discount on ultrasonic antifouling
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Long Keel
Finish Paint finish

Hull constructed in 1972. Fitted out by current owners and launched in 1976. Coach roof is of GRP Balsa sandwich construction, cockpit is wood.
Dimensions endorsed by the Contessa OA.


Total # of berths 4
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 2
Stove tick
Broiler tick
Sink tick
Drapes tick
Manual water system tick
Non-Smokers tick

2 burner propane Stove

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
VHF tick
GPS tick
Chart plotter tick
Autopilot tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
Depth sounder tick
Radar Reflector tick

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Sprayhood tick
Spray dodgers tick
Cockpit cover tick
Rode tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Instrument Covers tick

2 halyard winches
4 sheet winches
3 anchors
(Ploughs: 25, 15 & 10lb)
30.00m (98'5") of chain
Avon Redstart dinghy (2003)
2.3hp outboard, Honda 2.3, Short shaft (2009)

Safety Equipment

10% Discount on courses
Liferaft tick
Life buoys tick
Searchlight tick
Horn tick
Swim ladder tick

1 bilge pumps (1 manual / 0 electric)

Date of last life raft service: 04-30-2010

Life raft is RFDC Sea-saver 4-man. Expired April 2013

Broker's Comments

I first discovered the Contessa 26 when reading Peter Hancock's "Sailing Out of Silence" trilogy, which recount his world circumnavigations in his Contessa 26, Kylie. It was clear that here was a very compact cruiser with a reputation for astonishing sea-worthiness. This particular vessel has an interesting history: the bare hull was bought from the builders in 1972 by the current owners and fitted out by them in its entirety, and in regular consultation with the designer and originating yard. She was launched in 1976. The result is that the interior has a wonderful wood feel, with bespoke drawers and cupboards. The cockpit too, is all wood, with beautifully varnished and solid timber hatch covers. For examples of the workmanship, look at the photos of the glasses cabinet, the two-tier tool chest drawer, and the thwart seat that slides out from under the chart table. The wooden roller-reefing boom is cunningly shaped to progressively take up the fullness in the sail as it reduces in area. Now the owners are each approaching twice the age of the boat, they have decided to give some other lucky person the opportunity to own this excellent pocket cruiser and benefit from the care and effort devoted to her construction and maintenance

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Contessa 26 has been personally photographed and viewed by Alan West of Boatshed Portsmouth. Click here for contact details.
Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and, where considered appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out structural and/or mechanical and/or electrical surveys and inspections in order to assess the actual condition of the vessel before purchase.