Contessa 26

Sailing cruiser from the year 1969 - 7,8m length - in Kent (United Kingdom)

Sailing cruiser of used

Verified boat

3.075 €

7.287 €

Price dropped by 4.212 €

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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.  Viewing by prior appointment only through the Kent office on +44 (0)***.***.***

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Features of Contessa 26:

Basic data

  • Type: Sailing cruiser

  • Year : 1969

  • Length: 7.8 m

  • Location: Kent (United Kingdom)

  • Name: Contessa Fantana

  • Flag: United Kingdom

  • Shipyard: Contessa

  • Material: Fibreglass


  • Beam: 2.25 m

  • Draft: 1.2 m

  • Ballast: 1350 Kg

  • Displacement: 5000 Kg


  • Maximum number of passengers: 4

  • Cabins: 2

  • Berths: 4

  • Heads: -

  • Water capacity: 45 L


  • Number of engines: 1

  • Power: 10 HP

  • Fuel capacity: 10 L

  • Motor type : Inboard

  • Fuel type : Diesel

  • Make of the motor: Yanmar 1GM

  • Engine usage (hours): 475

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This Sailing cruiser's equipment


The Contessa 26 inside deals up to 4 docks in 2 compartments with approx. 5' 8" max. headroom aft.
The Forepeak with V-dock, beneath dock storage and hatch to foredeck. It has a marina toilet forward between the V docks with a  hanging safe to starboard.
The direction station is in the forward compartment and has storage for charts and space for additional instruments to be mounted.
The bar offering two generous settee docks. The galley area is aft and is provisioned with a 2-burner parafin stove and storage to seaport, and galley sink . Blue/grey cushioning.

Mechanical Systems

Located abaft the companionway, Yanmar 1GM 9hp single cylinder diesel engine. Seawater cooled. Morse style single lever controls with electric start. Shaft navigate to 2-bladed fixed propeller. New steel gasoline basin tailored 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 remanufactured.  It may be more economical to just replace the engine.  

Electrical Systems

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

Deck Equipment

Anchor 25LB CQR  with chain and 60ft  warp Manual mainstay 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-navigation unit - Windpilot Pacific Navigation illumination Masthead tricolour Clock & Barometer

Safety Equipment

2 x Fire extinguishers (may require servicing) Cockpit harness points
Seago 4-man liferaft in cannister - needs a assistance EPIRB Emergency tiller Manual bilge pump Electric bilge pump First Aid kit Radar reflector  


Tradtionallong keel with tiller navigation.

Title Documents and Tax

We have seen the full British Ships Part 1 history for this boat. British Ships Part 1 Certificate valid until 2020.  


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

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RYA Training

Clarke & Carter Kent, through its strategic alliance with Elite Sailing, an accredited RYA training centre, can offer Professional and Leisure qualifications at every level from beginners’ to very experienced for both sail or potential. This includes from RYA Day Skipper to RYA Yachtmaster Coastal, Offshore and Ocean qualifications giving you a chance to begin, improve or broaden

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Information from the shipyard catalogue. This data could vary from the data about the boat on sale published by the advertiser,

Basic Technical Data


Contessa 26

It is a sailing cruiser, manufactured by the shipyard Contessa in the year 1969 and has a sale price of 3.075€.

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