I'm sorry I didn't see this sooner.
If you're still around Ontario, let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org
My Contessa meets your needs I would think. I was on again, off again, about whether I would sell her. Planned to keep her for 2017 but, hey, if you're interested.
1983 #312, hull's in great shape.
Engine is original Farymann 7hp diesel. Was overhauled just before I bought her in 2010, but she is an old girl never the less.
Sails are new... hmmm, going to save some time and cut/paste an e-mail I wrote last year when someone asked the same question...
My boat was built in 1983 and was at the 1984 boat show... potentially the boat that Tania Aebi viewed when she decided to go around the world. It has been owned by up to 4 owners, as far as I am aware and has lived mostly around the Great Lakes (Kincardine, Bayfield and now here in Toronto... who knows where else!). It is well equipped with some items you don't normally find on a boat of this size but first some of the basics.
My wife and I had a baby last year and I've been working so much that I was only able to sail the boat twice last year. I am sadly thinking of selling it until my daughter is old enough to sail safely with us. It simply costs too much to keep a boat and not sail it so if I sell it, that's good. If not, I will love it through 2016.
I haven't put together the a proper listing so let me toss out the below information from memory.
Red hull, cream white top sides. (And now unnamed as I removed the old VIXEN name from her hull last year)
- Brand new main bought for the 2014 season. North Sails, Triradial "Radian". The best you can get without going to laminate. It is loose footed.
- "New-ish". Main... this is a backup main that I bought used from another Contessa owner. I have never flown it.
- Main. Very old, baggy terrible thing. Not loose footed.
- Blue sunbrella sail cover.
* All mains with 2 deep reef points.
(On SnapFurl furler)
- Brand new 130% jib bought for the 2014 season. North Sails, Triradial "Radian". (Includes UV protected sides)
- 100% jib. This is old and baggy but suits the boat well for heavy weather
- 155%+ Genoa. This is an older, very heavy genoa. I used it for 2 years but it is not well suited for the boat.
- Additional sunbrella protective jib sock for sails without UV protection
* I may still have an old jib around but it is not cut for the furler.
- Spinnaker cut for the boat with sail numbers... I have never used it because the mast head does not have a proper spinnaker hailyard block.
- Asymmetrical drifter/spinnaker.... this sail is not for my boat, but it is awesome for long days down wind. We've used it a lot.
Please note: The brand new sails were over $4,000 in fall 2013 and have only been used for my a few days in 2014 and exactly twice in 2015. They are awesome and crispy!
Custom traveller built that works extremely well. The traveller structure came with the boat so I don't know who designed it, but I put on a nice Harken system which works very well.
Aries Wind Vane. It's old, but works very well. I constantly have offers from people who want to buy it but it is worth it's weight in gold.
2015, New clutches on deck.
Rigging and lines
Standing rigging replaced by the previous owner in 2006.
All lines ran back to the cockpit... except reefing and outhauls.
The boat has a 5:1 main sheet, which is overkill.
I have purchased a new 4:1 main sheet system for 2016... not even installed yet.
New spinnaker sheets (used 2-3 times); I forget the brand but they are very very nice.
New jib sheets; Bought 2015, never used.
Traveler control lines; New in 2011.
3 Halyards (Jib, Main, Drifter) + Topping lift. Yacht braid in working condition.
Furler line. Yacht braid in working condition.
* I have spare halyards as well as heavy and backup jib sheets.
Various new blocks around the boat. Traveler in 2012, large jib blocks in 2012, new main set 2016
Chrome Bruce Anchor on a roller at the bow.
Working Danforth anchor.
40'+ of heavy chain + 200'+ braided anchor line.
Very large radar reflector... I suggest not clanging this around your rigging but it is available.
Previous owner upgraded gauge of the stays.
Swim ladder is attached and works well for both swimming and entering a dinghy. (Used all over the Great Lakes by us!)
JRC 16mile Radar. Yes... radar.
Various radios... I believe it is an iCOM fixed set, iCOM handheld. (I do have a Stanard Horizons handheld, but I may not sell that with the boat)
*** Instruments... Technically there is wind, speed and depth. I spent $1500+ to replace the computer in 2012, but I think the system should be replaced entirely so I don't count this as value in the price.
Spare depth finder. This is a standalone system that came with the boat and I never installed it as it's a cheapo brand.
Battery charger good for two batteries.
Replaced 30A Shore Power; Added a proper electrical panel for AC.
Original DC panels.
+1 red LED chart light
I use handheld GPS. I have 2... Garmin GPS76 and another Garmin as a backup.
Single-burner, gimbled, alcohol stove. Origo 1500 if memory services. This has served us well.
Marine head. Pump replaced 2011.
V-birth and salon cushions are fairly old but serviceable.
Cockpit cushions were made in 2011. They are blue sunbrella, closed cell foam that we had custom made by Genco Marine
Dodger is fairly old but serviceable.
(optional) Dinghy with oars. Suitable for a 2 people. Can mount a small motor... but I suggest rowing.
Various good quality but well worn fenders.
Electric heater (plug-in)
Various buckets, brushes, cleaners etc.
Here are a few videos and pictures. Keep in mind, these span the 6 years I've owned the boat so there are likely changes to what you see.
2011: Our first trip in the new boat: http://www.jordanharkness.ca/sail/2011/05/
Launch 2015: https://youtu.be/ASllMfNtAI8
A side view 2015: https://youtu.be/sMoLV1NXRzo
Haulout 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqCCUWKrmAQ
2013: Coming home from Grimsby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDXABz6TjWA
2013: slightly upwind from Grimsby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbQDrB_uO_w
2012: with our old, crappy sails: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3HDwDy8TSM
2012: Wing & Wing with our old gear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbnfe-wV9Y4
2012: From Port Dalhousie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6OdU7NS-Is
I have not had a chance to put a value on the boat yet so I'm open to offers but will need to look at the market place to see what it's worth.
At any rate, I'm happy to chat any time via e-mail or phone. It's a mess over the winter, but you're welcome to schedule some time to come take a look.