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Contessa 26

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Boat REF# 124010
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 7.77m (25'6")
Year 1973
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Long keel
Berths 4
Engine 1 x Diesel 10hp, Volvo MD6A (1975)
Lying Hayling Island


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Extra Details

Designer David Sadler
Builder Jeremy Rogers
Lying Hayling Island
Fuel capacity 27.3 ltr (6.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 59.1 ltr (13.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 10/02/1997


Engine 1 x Diesel 10hp
Engine make and model Volvo MD6A (1975)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering Tiller
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 3-blade fixed
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 8 knots

Although a 1975 engine, this was unused for several years and installed as new in 1989.


LOA 7.77m (25'6")
LWL 6.08m (19'11")
Beam 2.28m (7'6")
Draft Min 1.21m (4'0")
Draft Max 1.21m (4'0")
Displacement 2,450kg (5,402.3lbs)
Headroom 1.63m (5'4")
Storage Ashore


10% discount on rigging

Sloop rigged Proctor Aluminium spars (1973) with stainless steel standing rigging (2003)


Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Mainsail Mountifield - Slab (2001)
Headsail - Hank on (unknown year)
Other sails Gowen lwt Genoa (unknown year)
Gowan tri-radial (unknown year)
Banks jib (unknown year)
Spinnaker gear tick

All sails serviced and repaired in 2007.
Two speed LEWMAR 25 winches fitted 2005.
LEWMAR mainsheet track system fitted 2006.
S/S pushpit fitted 2006.
Running rigging replaced in 2005.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine


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Construction GRP
Underwater profile Long keel
Finish Gelcoat finish

Hull No.213 Type "C" layout.
LEWMAR forehatch fitted 1998.
New windows 2002
Cabin sole replaced 2003.
Toe rail renewed 2002/3.


Total # of berths 4
No. of single berths 4
Cabin(s) 2
Handbasin 1
Heads 1 heads (Sea Toilet)
Cooker tick
Curtains tick
Manual water system tick

Lavac heads.
Wallas 95DP diesel stove.

2 burner Diesel cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
VHF tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
Echo sounder tick

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Sprayhood tick
Spray dodgers tick
Sun awning tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Beaching legs tick
Instrument Covers tick

2 halyard winches
2 sheet winches
2 anchors
(25lb CQR. Delta kedge.)
40.00m (131'3") of chain
30.00m (98'5") of warp
Mailspeed dinghy (unknown year)
2 x secondary Gibb spinnaker winches.

Safety Equipment

UKSA - 10% Discount on sail training!
Life buoys tick
Boarding ladder tick

1 bilge pumps (1 manual / 0 Electric)

Broker's Comments

What can one say about the Contessa 26? Except that they really are a very pretty boat.
When David Sadler and Jeremy Rogers got together back in the sixties to look at a GRP folkboat they came up with an absolute stunner.
No, there isn't a lot of headroom down below and the accommodation is possibly a little cramped compared to some others of similar length but then who wants to be down below when you have such a lovely boat to sail.
She still has so many of her original features and is sure to get someone's juices flowing at the thought of putting her to sea once more.
Give me a call if you would like to come and see her. I don't think at this price she will be with us for long.

These boat details are subject to contract.

This Contessa 26 has been personally photographed and viewed by Ross of Boatshed Hayling Island. 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 appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical.

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