Contessa 26

A well respected cruiser/racer
  • Boat REF#  ·  261750
  • Length  ·  7.77m
  • Year  ·  1976
  • Construction  ·  GRP
  • Underwater profile  ·  Long Keel
  • Sleeping berths  ·  4
  • Engine  ·  1 x diesel 10hp, Yanmar 1GM10 (unknown year)
  • Lying  ·  Fowey
Boatshed Falmouth
Boatshed Falmouth
Chris Fuller

Extra Details

Designer David Sadler
Builder Jeremy Rogers
Lying Fowey
Fuel capacity 50.0 ltr (11.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 100.0 ltr (22.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x diesel 10hp
Engine make and model Yanmar 1GM10 (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering Tiller
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 2 blade fixed
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 6 knots

The engine has been fully serviced in preparation for the new season


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


Sloop rigged Unknown Aluminium spars (1967) with Stainless Steel standing rigging (2014)


Reefing mainsail Unknown - roller boom (unknown year)
Headsail - Furling (unknown year)
Other sails Storm Gib (unknown year)
Spinaker (unknown year)

It is fair to say that the sails are past their best though still serviceable and suitable for cruising but unlikely to win any races!

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Long Keel
Finish Gelcoat finish

Accommodation consists of a forward cabin with twin berth, aft of which is a small head to starboard and hanging locker space opposite to port. The main cabin/saloon has a small galley to port with 2 burner cooker and grill. The small chart table with storage under lies opposite the galley to starboard. The vinyl upholstery throughout is in very good condition.


Total # of berths 4
No. of single berths 4
Cabin(s) 2
Sink 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)

2 burner propane Stove


Manual water system

2 burner propane Stove

Deck Gear

Sail cover
Swim Platform
Instrument Covers

4 sheet winches
1 anchors
30.00m of chain
dinghy (unknown year)

Nav Equipment

Chart plotter
Navigation lights
Depth sounder
Radar Reflector

Navigation instruments comprises Stowe depth, Navman speed and log, Garmin 120 and a non DSC vhf radio, all located at the nav station. In the cockpit can be found a Garmin 551s plotter and Suunto Compass.

Safety Equipment

Life jackets
Safety harnesses

1 bilge pumps (1 manual / 0 electric)

Broker's Comments

From the well respected stable of David Sadler and Jeremy Rogers the Contessa 26 has earned a well respected reputation for seaworthiness, ease of handling, particularly single handed and is pretty to boot. The blue water qualities of this design has resulted in many ocean crossings and circumnavigations. Furthermore, her long flat keel provides a solid platform on which to dry out with the aid of beaching legs.

This Contessa 26 is very well presented and has been kept in excellent condition both inside and out, her shinny blue hull is a real eye catcher.

She has been fitted out with cruising in mind, with a small heads compartment, a galley and a chart table. That said she is perfectly at ease racing around the cans

She is fully prepared for the coming season and is now afloat on her mooring awaiting a new custodian. If you are looking for a traditional, easy to handle, dependable sailing yacht with a slice of yachting history at an affordable price, this Contessa 26 could be for you and is well worth adding to your list.

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

This Contessa 26 has been personally photographed and viewed by Chris Fuller of Boatshed Falmouth. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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