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Contessa 26
Under Offer

Broker Remarks

This 1969 Contessa 26 built by Jeremy Rogers, is in good condition for her year. Her inventory includes a 10HP Yanmar diesel engine, four berths, mainsail with three reefing points, furling headsail, VHF, depth sounder and more. Like any yacht of this age she does require a small bit of T.L.C. but nothing major and is priced accordingly. She is a fine cruising boat and viewing is recommended.

  • Manufacturer: Contessa
  • Price: €6500
  • Location: Crosshaven, Cork
  • Year: 1969
  • LOA: 25'6" (7.77m)
  • Berths: 4
  • Draft in M: Max: 1.22
  • Keel: Long keel
  • ID no: 5666
  • Heads: 1
  • Engine Make: Yanmar
  • Horsepower: 10hp
  • Drive Type:
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Fuel Tank Size: 10 Gallons
  • Cruise Speed: 4 Knots
  • Top Speed: 5 Knots


Mechanical and Rigging

1GM10 Yanmar diesel engine. Winterized every year, which includes flushing the cooling system with fresh water and Anti-Freeze, changing the oil, oil filter, fuel filters and water impeller. In 2019 the cylinder valves were replaced and the fuel injector was serviced.  


Owners Comments

"Waratah" is a 1969, Contessa 26 (Hull No. 197), built by Jeremy Rogers in Lymington. She was purchased by us in Ballycastle, Co. Antrim in March 2002. Before this she had two previous owners. In her previous ownership it is understood she generally spent no more than two months afloat each year. This was due to insurance restrictions related to weather. Since 2002 she has always been wintered ashore from October to May.


GRP hull and deck, long keel (encapsulated lead) and transom/keel hung rudder. 

Rig and Rigging: Masthead Sloop, fitted with a Furlex 100s Headsail Furling System (2003) and an Inner Forestay. Standing Rigging was renewed in 2007. All running rigging is in good condition.

Sails: All her current sails were made by McWilliam Sails in Crosshaven. Prior to lifting out for the Winter the working sails are rinsed in fresh water, dried and stored.  The sails are as follows:

1 x Mainsail – Good Condition, with 3 x slab reefing points

2 x Headsails – 145% and 130% both in good condition

1 x Storm Jib – as new condition

Electrics: 1 x 12V battery, Icom VHF Radio. Raymarine Depth Sounder. Aquamarine Tricolour Mast-Headlight. Pulpit, pushpit and mast fitted with Aquamarine Navigation lights.

Accommodation: 2 x Berths in the forepeak and opening deck hatch. 2 x Berths in the saloon with lee cloths. Heads is located between the saloon and forepeak to starboard, hanging locker opposite to port. Two burner Eno gas cooker and sink. 

Sprayhood bars but no sprayhood

The following works have been carried out since 2002:

- Rudder replaced with Iroko and oak tiller (spare tiller also included)

- Rudder Pintles replaced with Bronze Pintles

- Original fuel tank was replaced with a 10 gallon, "316 stainless steel", internally baffled tank

- Primary and Spinnaker winches replaced with Lewmar ST16 and Lewmar 6 winches respectively

- Original Circular Forehatch was replaced with square "Gebo" hatch

- Genoa Tracks Replaced with Barton Tracks

- Hull Stripped Back to gelcoat and 6 x coats of Awlgrip Expoxy Paint applied. 

General Comment

The Contessa 26 is a long-keeled sailing vessel based on the lines of the Folkboat. Whilst not as roomy as a more modern vessel, their relatively narrow beam enables an easily-driven hull with a light and very balanced helm. They are extremely well mannered to sail and have a very sea-kindly motion.

Broker's Comment 

"This yacht has classic lines and will be a joy to sail. She is excellent value and viewing is recommended." 


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.  

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Disclaimer : Crosshaven Boatyard offers the details of this vessel for sale but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of the information contained in the specification or warrant the condition of the vessel or equipment. A buyer should instruct his agents, or surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered for sale subject to no prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.