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Contessa 28

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Boat REF# 144014
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 8.41m (27'7")
Year 1979
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Berths 5
Engine 1 x Diesel 14hp, Peters Mini Twin (unknown year)
Lying Exeter


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Extra Details

Designer Doug Peterson
Builder Jeremy Rogers
Lying Exeter
Fuel capacity 50.0 ltr (11.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 100.0 ltr (22.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 12/02/2010


Engine 1 x Diesel 14hp
Engine make and model Peters Mini Twin (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering Tiller
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) Folding Bronze
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded

Full engine rebuild 1992
Top engine rebuild 2004
New fuel pump 2004
Brand new upgraded 135amp gel batteries
Led cockpit mood lighting.


LOA 8.41m (27'7")
LWL 6.70m (22'0")
Beam 2.98m (9'9")
Draft Min 1.64m (5'5")
Draft Max 1.64m (5'5")
Displacement 3,160kg (6,967.8lbs)
Headroom 1.80m (5'11")
Storage In water


10% discount on rigging

Sloop rigged Kemp Aluminium spars (unknown year) with stainless steel standing rigging (2007)


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Mainsail - Slab (2000)
Headsail Genoa - Hank on (2012)
Other sails Spinnaker x 2 (2002)
Working Jib (2012)
Spinnaker gear tick

Rigging overhaul in 2007
Genoa No.1 brand new in 2012, never used
Jib brand new in 2012, never used.
Brand new sail bags

Electrical Systems

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


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Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Gelcoat finish

Lead keel.
Last survey report 12/02/2012. Copy available.


Total # of berths 5
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 1
Cabin(s) 2
Handbasin 1
Heads 1 heads (Sea Toilet)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Icebox tick
Curtains tick
Cabin heating tick
Manual water system tick
Non-Smokers tick

Spacious newly upholstered saloon.
Bengo 3kw charcoal cabin heater.

2 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
VHF tick
GPS tick
Chart plotter tick
Autopilot tick
Stereo tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
Echo sounder tick

GPS repeater in saloon

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Sprayhood tick
Spray dodgers tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Swim Ladder tick
Instrument Covers tick

2 halyard winches
4 sheet winches
1 anchors
50.00m (164'1") of chain
50.00m (164'1") of warp
Avon dinghy (unknown year)
Cockpit Table
New Rudder Bearings 2002

Safety Equipment

10% Discount on courses
Danbuoy tick
Safety harnesses tick
Horn tick
Boarding ladder tick

2 bilge pumps (2 manual / 0 Electric)

Broker's Comments

The much sought after Contessa 28 is well renowned for its' excellent upwind capability and ease of being sailed single handed. This particular boat was previously owned by John Leonard, writer for 'Practical Boat' magazine between 1988-1997, and came third overall in the Henry Lloyd Weymouth Regatta in 2007.
Credit must now be paid to her current owner who has restored and maintained this boat to a very high standard.
She is in excellent condition for her age, and no expense has been spared in upgrading and installing extras such as cabin heating, new gel batteries, a solar panel charging system, and new upholstery. The rigging and engine have been completely overhauled in recent years and the boat comes complete with many new sails as yet unused.
Well worth a viewing.

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

This Contessa 28 has been personally photographed and viewed by Barry Stevens of Boatshed Torquay. 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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