Contessa 26 J J Taylor

  • Boat REF#  ·  313601
  • Length  ·  7.77m
  • Year  ·  1975
  • Construction  ·  GRP
  • Underwater profile  ·  Long Keel
  • Engine  ·  1 x diesel 0hp, Yanmar (2017)
  • Lying  ·  Lymington
Boatshed Lymington
Boatshed Lymington
Anthony Silver

Extra Details

Designer David Sadler
Builder Jeremy Rogers
Lying Lymington
Last survey 31/07/2022


Engine 1 x diesel 0hp
Engine make and model Yanmar (2017)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering tiller
Drive shaft
Prop(s) Featherstream
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded


Length 7.77m
LWL 6.10m
Beam 2.29m
Draft Min 1.22m
Draft Max 1.22m
Displacement 2,449kg (5,400.9lbs)


Sloop rigged with Stainless Steel standing rigging (unknown year)


Reefing mainsail Saunders - Slab (2021)
Headsail Saunders - Furling (2021)
Other sails AP Kite (2021)
Light Kite (2021)
Cruising Shute (2021)

Electrical Systems

12 volt battery, 1 batteries charged by: engine, solar panels


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Long Keel
Finish Gelcoat finish


No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)

0 burner propane Stove



0 burner propane Stove

Broker's Comments

She is an amazingly well kept version of the venerable Contessa 26. This sure-footed little pocket cruiser was manifested in 1966 when Jeremy Rogers, with a background in traditional wooden boatbuilding, along with one of his Folkboat customers, David Sadler, designed the Contessa for long-distance racing. With a deep keel and a hull-mounted rudder, these Contessas proved to be very successful racers.

She is in extraordinarily great condition for a boat of this vintage. Clearly doted on and constantly improved by her current owners, she underwent a complete refit in 2015 by Casey Yacht Enterprises of Freeport, Maine. She received a new Yanmar 12hp diesel in 2017, and a long list of upgrades.

In addition, when she arrived here in the UK, she was fully detailed and ceramic coated above the waterline and topsides, by Detaglio Finishing in Cowes.

She has a new Featherstream prop and a brand new Volvo Seal on the prop, in place of a stern gland.

Further upgrades late 2017 and 2018.
All new electronics, pushpit and pulpit, perspex washboards , new loo, safety equipment, solar battery charger and solar cabin vent.

Also, the best setup backstay adjuster by Ocean Rigging, new deck cushions, ceramic coating, hull faired.

New unused sails from Sanders in 2021, main, furling jib, AP kite and light kite, cruising chute.

if you are looking for the best example of a venerable Contessa 26, look no further!

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

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