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Contessa 26

1965 — 1990
Designer
David Sadler
Builder
Jeremy Rogers Ltd.
J.J. Taylor and Sons Ltd.
Hull Type
Long keel w/trans. hung rudder
Construction
FG
Associations
Contessa 26 Association
Contessa Corner (Contessa 26)

Dimensions

Length Overall
25.50 ft / 7.77 m
Waterline Length
20.00 ft / 6.10 m
Beam
7.50 ft / 2.29 m
Draft
4.00 ft / 1.22 m
Displacement
5,400 lb / 2,449 kg
Ballast
2,300 lb / 1,043 kg
Ballast Type
?
drawing

Rig and Sails

Type
Masthead Sloop
Reported Sail Area
233.00 ft2 / 21.65 m2
Total Sail Area
232.50 ft2 / 21.60 m2
Mainsail
Sail Area
102.00 ft2 / 9.48 m2
P
24.00 ft / 7.32 m
E
8.50 ft / 2.59 m
Mast Height
Foresail
Sail Area
130.50 ft2 / 12.12 m2
I
29.00 ft / 8.84 m
J
9.00 ft / 2.74 m
Est. Forestay Len.
30.36 ft / 9.26 m
Mizzen
PY
EY

Auxilary Power

Make
Petter
Model
?
HP
7
Type
Diesel
Fuel Capacity
?

Accomodations

Water Capacity
?

Calculations

Hull Speed
5.99 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
12.11
under powered
Ballast/Displacement
42.59
stiffer, more powerful
Displacement/Length
301.34
heavy
Comfort Ratio
26.16
coastal cruiser
Capsize Screening
1.71
better suited for ocean passages

Notes

The CONTESSA 26 was first built in England by Jeremy Rogers Ltd. A year or so later, molds were shipped to J.J. Taylor and Sons Ltd. of Canada.
In 1983, a number of modifications were made to the Canadian version. with deck and interior significantly re-designed.
Standard aux. power was 6.6 hp Peter gas engine. For later boats, a Farryman diesel was offered as an option.
In 1984, the Canadian version was renamed the TAYLOR 26 because of licencing disputes, even though, construction of the CONTESSA 26 in the UK ceased not long afterward when a fire destroyed the the original molds.
About 400 CONTESSA and TAYLOR 26s were built in Canada, with the last boat delivered in 1990.
Thanks to Jeremy Rodgers Ltd. for providing information on all Contessa models.


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