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  • Manufacturer: Contessa
  • Location: Dover
  • Year: 1969
  • LOA: 26'6" (8.08m)
  • Beam: 7' 6'' (2.29m)
  • Berths: 4
  • Draft: 1.22
  • Keel: Fin keel
  • ID no.: 38205
  • Cabins: 2
  • Heating: No
  • Heads: 1
  • Watertank Size: 45 Litres
  • Engine Make: Yanmar
  • Horsepower: 9hp
  • Drive Type: Shaft drive
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Fuel Tank Size: 10 Litres
  • Engine Hours Port: 475

Broker Remarks

1969 Contessa 26 
The Contessa 26 is being offered for sale as a project boat.  It is a firm favourite with yachtsmen looking for a capable compact offshore cruising yacht with attractive lines. Arguably the most successful of the folkboat derived yachts, they are now becoming sought after, This yacht requires the engine to be re-built or replaced. This has been reflected in the asking price. 


The Contessa 26 interior offers up to 4 berths in 2 cabins with approx. 5' 8" max. headroom aft.

The Forepeak with V-berth, beneath berth stowage and hatch to foredeck. It has a marine toilet forward between the V berths with a  hanging locker to starboard.

The navigation station is in the forward cabin and has storage for charts and space for additional instruments to be mounted.

The saloon offering two generous settee berths. The galley area is aft and is equipped with a 2-burner parafin stove and storage to port, and galley sink . Blue/grey upholstery.

Mechanical and Rigging

Spars and Sails

Masthead bermudan rigged sloop. Proctor anodised aluminium mast and boom. Spinnaker pole. Stainless steel standing rigging, age unknown.  Terylene running rigging. Slab reefing mainsail with stab reefing.


  • 2 x  sheet winches.
  • 2 x Spinnaker winches.
  • 2 x  halyard winches


  • Mainsail - Sanders
  • No.1 Jib - Sanders
  • No.2 Jib - Sanders
  • Staysail - Sanders
  • Storm jib - Sanders
  • Trisail - Sanders
  • Cruising Chute
  • Spinnaker
  • Cruising chute - 2015 - excellent
Mechanical Systems

Located abaft the companionway, Yanmar 1GM 9hp single cylinder diesel engine. Seawater cooled. Morse type single lever controls with electric start. Shaft drive to 2-bladed fixed propeller. New steel fuel tank fitted in 2017.The engine has lost compression on 25th November due it is believed to the piston ring needing replacement which will require the engine to be removed and rebuilt.  It may be more economical to just replace the engine.  

Electrical Systems

2 x 12v Batteries charged via engine alternator, wind generator and 240V Battery charger. Electrical distribution panel. There is limited cabin lighting. 


Deck Equipment
  • Anchor 25LB CQR  with chain and 60ft  warp
  • Manual anchor Windlass - Lofrans
  • Stainless steel pulpit, pushpit and stanchions
  • Stainless steel mainsheet horse
  • Blue mainsail cover
  • Blue cockpit tonneau cover
  • 4 x Mooring warps
  • 3 x Fenders
  • Boarding ladder
  • Cockpit doggers with name on
  • Beaching legs
Navigation Equipment
  • Silva bulkhead compass
  • Depth
  • VHF Radio  DSC - ICOM
  • Garmin 555 Chartplotter
  • Garmin 128 GPS
  • Windvane Self-steering system - Windpilot Pacific
  • Navigation lights
  • Masthead tricolour
  • Clock & Barometer
Safety Equipment
    • 2 x Fire extinguishers (may require servicing)
    • Cockpit harness points
    • Seago 4-man liferaft in cannister - needs a service
    • EPIRB
    • Emergency tiller
    • Manual bilge pump
    • Electric bilge pump
    • First Aid kit
    • Radar reflector



Tradtionallong keel with tiller steering.

Title Documents and Tax
  • We have seen the full British Ships Part 1 history for this vessel.
  • British Ships Part 1 Certificate valid until 2020.



Contessa 26 built in 1969 by Jeremy Rogers to a David Sadler design. black painted hull with cream superstructure and moulded non-slip deck surfaces. Encapsulated cast iron long keel. Tiller steering to keel/transom hung rudder. This yacht has been owned by the current owner for the past 19 years and has sailed her single handed to the Azores and back. He has decided its time to retire to a narrowboat. Last out of the water in 2018 when anodes etc were changed, hull paint work touch-up as required.


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