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1977 Contessa 26

19 October, 2012 by EVAN

About this Sailboat:

Boat: Built in Canada in 1977. In the history of this famous cruising sailboat, the best hulls were laid in Canada. Tania Aebi, famous for being the youngest female solo circumnavigator, at age 18, and now a long time sailing and cruising figure, completed her circumnavigation in a Contessa 26.

This boat has attained an almost cult following for it’s sailability, strength, power, and safety. This is one of those legendary boats that can take more than you can! Blue water boat… on a trailer! Passagemaking is better at 60 MPH to windward! Summer in Puget Sound, Winter in Baja!

I may keep this boat, as I planned to use it to cruise extensively, but am now in a position to get a bigger boat. Am open to trades for bigger cruising boats… I have other great stuff to fill in any differences in price.


Beefy External Rudder w/ Tiller
Heavy rigging
Heavy spars
Lots of sails, including roller furling Jib
Solid cabin-top, no hatch slider, adding immense strength to the hull’s integrity.
Full keel w/ cut away fore foot
New 1/4″ lexan ports, being installed as I type.
Proven world cruising sloop
Been stored (properly by a shipwright) for almost 20 years.
Clean lines
Good sailer

Motor: Yanmar 8
Single Cylinder
800 hours /-
Clean motor
Bronze Prop
Stainless Shaft.

Custom Galvanized Trailer:
This trailer has only been used 2 times. First to trailer the boat from Florida to Texas. Second from Longview area to my home.
Tandem axle w/ brakes
Tread is like new
Not much weathering
Tongue extender for launching
Forward built-in ladder to climb onto boat on land
Licensed and registered
Spare tire
2 1/4″ ball hitch
I will give you the original receipt for this trailer, built out at about $5000!
Will sell the boat without the trailer, if you really really don’t want it. Boat without the trailer is $6500. NOW YOU GET IT ALL!!!! for $6500!

Equipment on Board:

Roller furling foresail, several other sails. 2 mains. Needs cushions. Boat was stored for almost 20 years now… done by a shipright, so engine is fine!

Contessa 26
Contessa 26
Contessa 26
Contessa 26
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