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The classic Contessa 26 available for new, loving owner at a great price. We purchased a larger boat and are cruising.

Red hull, teak rudder and inboard Westerbeke 7hp 2-stroke with manual. Main sail, working jib and 150 genoa. In good condition.

The first pleasant and serious buyer with US $3900 can own a world-class sailboat. Call Gary: 716.818.0307 or email: gary (att) eckisrealty (dott) com

For Sale: 1985 Contessa 26, Sail #332

A newer JJ Taylor Contessa 26 in great condition, ready to sail. 10hp Bukh diesel, with new 11.5 gallon diesel tank, (2005). New interior cushions, (foam & upholstery), in 2005. Original main and 110 genny in good condition, 140 genoa in excellent conditon. She’s been lovingly maintained with any issues dealt with as they arose: New tiller 1999, new Morse single lever engine control 1999, new jabsco head 1999, new 22# delta and 200’ chain/nylon rode 1999, most thru hulls and ball valves replaced 1999, rudder removed & 3rd, (lowest), pintle rebuilt 2000, new stuffing box 2000, all stanchions rebedded 2000, new VHF 2000, new Garmin GPS on swing out bracket in companionway 2000, 2 new Group 27 batteries 2004, new racor primary filter 2004, new ST80 Tridata 2005, cutless bearing replaced 2006.

Located in Annapolis, MD. More details on request, please contact Steve McCrea at 410-693-3572 or steve (at) ed-hamilton (dot) com. $$17,000 OBO

For Sale: Contessa 26 1972

Contessa 26 1972 For sale traditional design and lay out-built by JJ Taylor in Toronto.

No time to sail her bought an other vessel vessel. She needs a new caring owner.

Original gas engine serial number ooEV14799 With a copy of owners manual, engine bed has to be replace and upholstery worn. Complete rig 4 sails plus 1spinaker (newer used), WHF, Depth, Compass, 2 anchors with chain, BBQ force 10, ectr, With a coat of bottom paint can go sailing. Selling for $9500 and would help to sail her to home port or would help to arrange land transport.

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For Sale: 1981 JJ Taylor Contessa 26 in San Diego

Yanmar 1gm (low hours)
3 blade prop.
sea swing stove
force 10 grill
auto helm 1000
manuel bilge pump (cockpit)
35lb. CQR on the bow roller (new chain and rode)
25lb. Hi-T danfort on the stern. custom stern chain locker (new chain and rode)
stainless steel swim ladder
bottom paint in 2007 (petit trinidad)
2-roller furling head sails (hood)
main with 3 reef points (hood)
am-fm weather band cd player with I-pod conection (4 speaker system))
all new canvas including cock pit curtians
new natty dodger
new cock pit awaning
two new deep cell batteries
boom vang
head with holding tank (deck pump out)
wisker pole
all teak was varnished and is in good condition
custom removable teak table (inside)
led cabin lites
all upholstry is in good condition including cock pit cushions

I am moving and I can’t take the boat with me but it will be missed alot.

16,000.00US or best offer, Michelle (619)274-6809

For Sale: 1972 Contessa Hull No.41

1972 classic Contessa 26 reluctantly for sale (available with an assumable berth in Sidney BC), much loved and well maintained family boat, cruised and gently raced (with a 295 handicap there is never a need to jump the start), in last two years has had standing and running rigging replaced and upgraded, new tan sails and sail cover, new Harken roller furling, Garmin GPS with charts and depthgauge, new Plastimo compass, new batteries, hull has been repainted in recent years and boat has been regularly surveyed for insurance purposes, Yanmar 9hp deisel regularly serviced, comes with spinnaker and equipment, ready to go, hoping for $18000 obo.

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1972 Contessa 26for sale

No time to sail her bought an other vessel. She needs a new caring owner.

Original gas engine serial number ooEV14799 With a copy of owners manual, engine bed has to be replace and upholstery worn. Complete rig 4 sails plus 1spinaker (newer used), WHF, Depth, Compass, 2 anchors with chain, BBQ force 10, ectr, With a coat of bottom paint can go sailing. Selling for $9500 and would help to sail her to home port or would help to arrange land transport.

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SOLD: 1974 JJT Contessa 26 Hull 91 with trailer.

Lots of new stuff check out and click the for sale link.

  • Yanmar 1gm10 520Hrs
  • New VHF
  • New GPS
  • Old Radar
  • New Stereo
  • New Origo 1500
  • New ST22 Tillerpilot with Remote
  • New Paint
  • Deck and interior in the process of being refinished.
  • Boat is in Mission Bay, San Diego.

For Sale: Contessa 26 1979

Main sail new 2000, Working jib new 2005, storm jib original good, genoa original good.
New standing rigging 2005 except for the backstay. The boat has two backstays for offshore sailing.
Trim tab windvane selfsteering
35 lb danforth with 275 ft. of rode and 30 ft. of chain. 25 lb CQR 100ft. of rode 15 ft. of chain.
Avon 4 man double tube offshore liferaft. Inspected 2005.
Epoxy barrier barrier coat on bottom 2005.
Hard dinghy that can be stowed on deck.
I removed the engine and use a 3.5 nissan long shaft. It works fine getting in and out of the dock. I built a very unobtrusive bracket and have left all inboard mounts and shaft aperture for possible repower.

I have had the boat since 1997 and have sailed from New England to Bermuda and throughout the Caribbean. The boat has always been covered when on the hard and sailed when wet. I have kept the boat always in seaworthy condition, and upgraded and fixed as needed. She is solid and stiff and has never let me down in all of the conditions I have sailed in and remains that way today. She is ready to go to sea today and looking pretty as ever. Sitting Block Island, Rhode Island, soon to be hauled either CT. or RI.

United States Coast Guard Documented.



SOLD: 1981 Contessa 26

ST 4000 autohelm tiller pilot with new motor
solar panel
rebuilt engine
2 new marine batteries
new main and sail cover, GPS, radio, newer alchohol stove, new storm jib, genoa and spinnaker=good, jib=fair, extra main, extra anchor,updated , offshore flares, all cooking utensils, rebuilt head, MOB pole, multi-season ablative paint
overall excellent condition
Charcoal grill, Bose cockpit speakers, radio, CD player and Bose salon speakers, extra genoa
new bilge pump and electrical panel, dry boat
18,000 USD without new Zodiac, 19,000 USD with dinghy

Located in Greenwich, CT. Will consider sailing to new location if within 100 miles.
email Cheryl:

SOLD: 1986 Contessa 26. Sail# 345 with new trailer.

Turn key boat, well equipped with a wide range of new offshore equipment:
  • Monitor wind-vane professionally installed, w/3 vanes.
  • Autohelm ST4000 tillerpilot new in 2005 (magnetic compass type)
  • ACR 406Mhz EPIRB new in 2006, batteries good till 2011.
  • Westerbake 2cyl 12Hp FWC Diesel (93hrs) runs like new, w/built in 10gal aluminum tank, 3 fuel filters/bleeder, spare alternator, spare starter, 1” prop shaft, 5 Gal plastic diesel can.
  • New Mercury 2 passengers 6ft inflatable dinghi w/ used but good 2hp Honda outboard, pump, oars, repair kit, carrying case. Survival Products self inflating life raft.
  • Garmin GPSMAP 3205 chart plotter w/built-in charts for the coasts of North America, Bermuda, Hawaii. Installed in cabin or in cockpit. New in 2006
  • Gen X wind generator new in 2005. Collision Avoidance Radar Detector new in 2006
  • West Marine VHF600 DSC fixed mount radio w/ antenna on top of mast new in 2006
  • Echopilot, Forward Looking Sonar (bronze, 2006). Depth, Speed Log, older but works well.
  • Shroud tension gauge. Gimballed stove converted to propane. Para Tech Sea anchor w/swivel never used. Delta, Fast Set 14 lbs plow anchor w/ 200ft rode 24ft chain new in 2006
  • Richie Compass. West Marine 500 Medical kit. Coast Guard Equipment.
  • Katadyn manual reverse osmosis water maker PUR Survivor-06. Radar reflectors (2)
  • Automatic electric bilge pumps (2), manual bilge pumps, engine operated bilge pump
  • 73Ahr ea. Gel cell batteries (2) new in 2006 + separate cranking batterie
  • 2000W Power inverter. Diesel fuel operated cabin heater. Shore power. Fishing kit.
  • Plano Extra Deep Marine Box for abandon ship supply. US flag, some foreign courtesy flags.
  • New 3rd pintle added on bottom of rudder. SS/brass lightening rod on top of mast, above antenna connected to brass grounding plate. Anti-collision white strobe light on top of mast.
  • Mast stepping kit using the boom as rigid member. (See sequence of steps on pictures)
  • Factory built in, water and holding tanks, manually operated head w/ Y valve.
  • The boat is equipped with well functioning new wireing, amps and volts meters,“work shop”, clean cushions, molded white fibreglass interior, new dodger/bimini, Profurl R25 roller furling. Trailer has 4wheel disc surge brakes, 24ft rod extention, LED lights, alloy wheels, 2 spares, never immersed in salt water. 4 bags of sails: new (yr 2007 $1300) offshore mainsail, used but good mainsail, 150% genoa, 110% working jib both in good condition, new sleeve for rolled up headsail. All halyards terminate in cockpit.

Call: Tony 513-231-2077 E-mail: Boat located in Cincinnati, Ohio
$35,000 (US)

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For Sale: 1979 Contessa 26 #245

Contessa 26, “Island Girl”, for sale. This boat has been sailed more than once a week for the past 1 and a half years, but need a bigger boat for live a board.

Yanmar 9 HP Diesel
new motor mounts ‘07
2 batteries hard wired to smart charger
Jabsco Mini Head, Y-valve, 3 gal holding tank
new shore fuse box, wiring ‘05
new mainsail cover ‘06
lazy jacks
new jib sheets ‘06
Hood Roller Furling w/150 Mack Sail
Harkin Traveler
new double life lines ‘06
LED Cabin Lights
VHF radio
Force 10 Propane Grill
slip avail St Petersburg FL Municipal Marina

$11,500.00 (US)

call Britt 404-234-5557 or 727-512-1681

For Sale: 1975 Contessa 26 #30

Contessa 26, Christina, for sale, #30, 1975, excellent condition. Newly installed Universal 2 cylinder diesel with new aluminum fuel tank. New dodger and bimini, green sunbrella. GPS and VHF radio and trailer. 5 newer sails, including genoa and whisker pole. All new cushions inside and out. $15,700. For more information call Murray, 905 515 8712 or e-mail

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SOLD: 26' 1977 Contessa

The Teal III has a 6.5 HP Petter diesel regularly maintained. Main & Genoa sails. 1991 Harken roller furling & halyards. 1995-96: all shrouds and tunrbuckles. Depth sounder, VHF , Ritchie compass. 1994: throttle replaced and all new seacocks. 1991: new fuel tank. 1997: deck pump out for head holding tank. 1998: Oak tiller. 1999: Automatic bilge pump. Hard dingy. Winter frame. Old Genoa and Main. Currently listed with a broker. Located in Newburyport, Mass at Merri-Mar Yacht Basin. Seller on west coast, boat on east coast. See pics, broker contact info at: For info contact owner Michael Matthay at 707-964-3598 or broker Jay Lesynski at 978-465-3022. $4,900 or best offer.

For Sale: 1973 Contessa 26

For Sale (bought bigger boat); Contessa 26 “Sterling” 1973. Farryman 13 hp diesel. Hank on sails…Main, Genoa, # 2, # 3, DRS with pole, AM/FM Stereo/Cassette, VHF, Depth, Head with unused holding tank and overboard discharge Y valve, two batteries with battery switch, plow anchor with 250’ rode, light lunch hook, cockpit cushions, cockpit table, new dodger, boom vang, sail cover, tandem axle storage trailer with lights and electric brakes. Located Chemong Lake near Peterborough…dockage paid through end of season. $ 13 000 (Can) or best offer. Contact Bill at

1984 Contessa 26 for sale

1984 Contessa 26 for sale.

Currently listed with a broker. Full details available at link below. I will be happy to answer questions directly, but any interest in looking at or buying the boat should go through the broker.



SOLD - 1985 Contessa 26, JJT #334

1985 Contessa 26, JJT #334. Located New Hampshire. $6000 / BO.
Details at

SOLD: 1972 J.J.Taylor Contessa 26

Located in Montreal region and suveyed in april 10th 2006.

All the sails are in very good condition : Main 2riffs 2005, Genoa 2003 2 jibs,1 storm jib. Halyards (7/16”) new 2005 are coming back to the cockpit on two winches.

Inboard engine :
Engine is a Universel Atomic IV runs perfecly
Electric fuel pump 2005
Fuel filter water sep. 2005 (cartrige type)
New alternator 2004
Distributor,coil,condenser,points…everything was redone in 2004
Propeler 10”dia. original bronze 2 blades
Propeler shaft 7/8” stainless steel
Gas&smoke alarm in the bilge
Original Atomic owner’s book

Other equipement:
alcool stove
Propane BBQ
Dept souder/loch Nexus 2003
gps 2004 garmin
Vhs 2004 Uniden
auto/manuel bilge pump 1”dia. 2005
Manuel bilge pump (cockpit)
Marine toilet whit rigid holding tank
Danforth type anchor 15pds
Oceanne anchor 26pds. (2005)
30’ galvanised chain (2005)
115’ X 5/8” dia.rope (2005)
Four fenders and lots of dock-lines 1/2”&5/8” dia. 15’and 20’long
Stainless steel swiming ladder
Stell cradle.

I have to put my Contessa 26 for sale I’m asking 9000$cdn. I’ve put towsands of dollards on her in the last few years I never though I’ll sell her but I fell in love with an Alberg 30 (it’s in my back yard already) and I can’t keep the two of them. She’s at Quebec/Ontario border near trans-Canada hwy 40kms west from Montreal.

For more details and pics:
cell: 514-246-0041

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SOLD: 1978 Contessa 26

Recent survey available.
Fleet Champ last 3 years, beer can races.
9.9 Johnson
all new cushions in cabin and cockpit
5 sails all in good shape a Main, 80%, 110%, 150%, 165% Drifter
all lines aft.
needs nothing!
6 clutches
two winches on cabin top
all hardware fitted with backing plates
We’re looking for standing head room.
It has a Marine Head that is only a year old, a holding tank is built in, I have the Y valve for overboard discharge but it is not installed, local laws. .
Extra gear included:

Also a 3 year old compass on bulkhead in cockpit.
Harkin traveler
anchor and rode
Non pressure alcohol stove
Gimbaled single burner propane stove
Improvements to the hull, deck, rigging, engine, or interior:

This boat is in very good condition,the following upgrades have been done in the last 3 years.
Bottom repaired with all epoxy West System products, it is now a forever bottom with VC 17 bottom paint
A few more things I haven’t mentioned is the two settees can now be joined with an insert so it becomes a bed a wide as the cabin, the back cushions fill the gap.
General condition and any additional information:

We bought and rebuilt Her hoping to go cruising, have now decided it makes more since to charter.
We would like to see her go back to the big water where she belongs. Looking for a Catalina 27 with trailer, willing to trade for the right boat!
See link on this site for the bottom job repair work.

Email Stan at
or phone 303-973-4124

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SOLD: #322 a 1985 J.J. Taylor Contessa 26

Hank-on 150% Genoa, Hank-on Working Jib, Main with two reef points. Tillerpilot, VHF Radio, two-burner kerosene Force 10 stove, Force 10 Propane barbeque, knot meter and GPS. Foredeck anchor locker, teak & holly sole, 8hp inboard diesel.

The boat is in excellent condition. The boat was last surveyed in August 2004. Photos and a copy of the survey are available at the link below.

Reason for selling: Three children that aren’t getting any smaller means we need just a little more space than our beloved Contessa can provide.

Laying: Bronte Outer Harbour, Bronte, Ontario, Canada



Price: $20,000 CDN Sold April 19, 2006