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1984 Contessa 26 - by JJ Taylor & Sons

US$ 29,900*
Interested in this boat? Tel: 804-403-8415
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Contessa 26 (JJ Taylor)

Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
Topping, VA
Hull Material:
Current Price:
US$ 29,900 
Sale Pending

The Contessa 26 became famous when 18-year old Tania Aebi chose one for her single-handed solo circumnavigation in 1985. This well respected vessel has classic lines, low freeboard and design characteristics that carries over from it’s Nordic Folkboat heritage.

'Dharma Rose' was built in Toronto at JJ Taylor & Sons yard in 1984. Some notable and desirable changes that can be seen on this model include upgrading the ballast which was 2300 lbs. of encapsulated iron until 1983 when Taylor switched to cast lead. Taylor’s specifications indicate the ballast weight increased to 2600 pounds with the change to lead. The cabin sole was lowered an inch or so by Taylor in 1983, and later model boats offer slightly greater standing and sitting headroom. 

Her current owner bought her in 2018 and every system in this boat has been professionally upgraded with offshore sailing in mind.

Tim Lackey of Northern Yacht Restoration in Whitefield, Maine repowered 'Dharma Rose' with a brand new Beta 14 Diesel, rewired the boat up to current ABYC standards, installed a new monitor windvane, re-purposed the keel mounted holding tank, and completed other miscellaneous projects in her restoration between Nov. 2018- Jan 2019. Total time on projects was 219 hours. Tons of pictures and notes on the restoration project logs are available on Tim's website: Very well documented and very interesting blog to read. 

In 2019 the owner brought the boat to Regent Point where Paul Andersen and James Wagner oversaw all of the upgrades of her systems to set her up with the intention of a passage to Bermuda, amongst other potential bluewater passages. 

Equipment List:

  • Repowered with a Beta 14 Diesel & corresponding engine rewiring (2019) - With Less than 50 hours on it! 
  • Custom fully galvanized road trailer (2019)
  • New Garmin Echo Chirp chart plotter on RAM swing order (2019)
  • New 4 man life raft in hard case (2021)
  • New Monitor Wind Vane (winter 2018)
  • New Custom stainless galley insert to allow gimbaled single burner denatured alcohol and full 360 degree gimbaled propane stove
  • New adjustable whisker pole & older fixed backup pole
  • New solar array for battery charging (2021)
  • Genius shore power battery charger (2020) 
  • New shore power circuit breaker and rewire (2019)
  • New offshore rated full main with (3) reefs (last reef equal to trisail) (2020) 
  • Other sail inventory: 150% Genoa, storm sail (refurbished for offshore 2020), 80% jib, 120 % jib, swedish mainsail, additional mainsail
  • New offshore rated 110 Jib with reef points (2020) 
  • New Florentino Para-anchor with Pardy Bridle arrangement, along with corresponding 300' of 6 plait rode for the para-anchor system (2020) 
  • New weather cloths for cockpit (2021)
  • Entire boat rebedded (2020)
  • New radar system detector (2021)
  • New AIS system (2021)
  • EPIRB & (2) new fire extinguisher (2020)
  • New 12 volt cigarette charger / USB system for recharging hand held devices (2021)
  • New custom lee cloths for offshore work (2021)
  • Reconditioned Fresh water tank fill system with cut-off to prevent seawater contamination (2021)
  • New galley sink pump (2021)
  • New stainless 6" engine access plate (2021)
  • New Primary & Secondary bilge pump system (2021)
  • New mast halyard and mast reeves (2021)  
  • New clear Lexan hatch boards (2021)
  • All seacocks replaced since (2019)
  • All new running and standing rigging (2019)
  • New Everything from 2018... nothing older.
  • Reconditioned Katadyn Survivor 35 water maker (2020) 
  • Removed holding tank to create additional storage for water and gear and installed chemical head (2018)

The Contessa 26 has one of the best reputations for bluewater passage making of their size. The most notable being Tania Aebi's Contessa 26 'Varuna' which she successfully circumnavigated the globe in at just 18. If you've ever read 'Maiden Voyage' and dreamed of experiencing those adventures first-hand, the Contessa 26 is THE boat to do it in, and 'Dharma Rose' in particular is a turn-key, ready to-go, bluewater sailing package, complete with transportation trailer to start your journey anywhere you want this season. 

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Please contact Lauren Mainguy at (804) 758-4457

Interested in this boat? Tel: 804-403-8415

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