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For Sale: 1980 JJT Contessa 26 $13000

Xanthus is a J.J. Taylor built Contessa 26, built in Ontario in 1980. We are currently in the South Pacific right now in Vava’u Tonga. We have been cruising the Pacific for the past 4 years and did an extensive refit in 2012/13 while we we’re in Hawaii. We have a blog page we’ve put up with a lot of photos and information for those interested it’s:

  • Xanthus has been rerigged in 2013. All new chainplates, turnbuckles, etc, and dux rigging.
  • Mainsail with 3 reefs with strongtrack
  • Trysail with separate track
  • Storm jib
  • Intermediate jib
  • Working jib
  • Genoa
  • Drifter
  • Spinnaker
  • Spinnaker pole with track
  • Flynnspray brass water pump
  • Two 8 gallon water tanks
  • One 10 gallon water tank
  • With inline filter and manifold
  • Force 10 two burner LPG stove with oven.
  • Two 6lb aluminum LPG tanks
  • New Standard Horizon VHF with AIS receiver.
  • Two 20 watt solar panels
  • Charge controller
  • 32 amp battery
  • Two manual bilge pumps
  • Aluminum whale in cockpit
  • Separate bilge pump below
  • Monitor wind vane
  • Dual pivoting tabernacle, can easily drop mast with topping lift and main sheets
  • Sta-set X halyards
  • New running rigging 2012
  • Lazy jacks

Ground tackle

  • 25lb CQR
  • 7kg Bruce
  • 100 feet of 5/16” chain
  • 200 feet of ¾” 8 strand nylon rode
  • 200 feet ¾” 8 strand nylon rode spare
  • Jacklines with 2 harnesses
  • Offshore lifelines

  • Parachute anchor
  • Two sets of dive gear
  • Two Dive Rite BC’s
  • Two sets of regulators Tusa
  • Two aluminum tanks
  • rebuild kits for both 1st stage and 2nd stage regs
  • Full cockpit canvas
  • Forward hatch canvas
  • Two opening New Found Metals Ports
  • 4 non opening ports
  • Oar locks with two 13’ long sweeps
  • Outboard bracket
  • Eton Solara XL solar powered MP3 player

Xanthus is ready to continue cruising for many more years and comes with various, line, dishes, tools, flashlights, GPS, flares, water bladders, laser flare, etc, etc, etc.

As with many boats Xanthus has a lot more money in her than her asking price if interested or have any questions please e-mail