i saw a contessa 26 on ebay for $6000. it was listed several times. noone ever made a bid on it. i thought it was a damned good boat. can you send pics of your contessa? or would that be hijacking?
I can't comment on the boat on eBay... it may or may not have been a good deal. The Contessa is a damned good boat You can check out The Contessa Corner - A site for Contessa owners, sailors and dreamers.
for more info on them, there is a for sale section if you're interested in costs. Mine is #312.
Can I send pictures or would that be hijacking? Yes to both. I'll PM you.
To keep this on track, one of the boats from the book I mentioned above was a Paul Gartside 22' cutter... it's probably my favourite on those pages.
Gartside Boats - Custom Boatbuilding - 22ft Gaff Cutter "Surprise" Design*#95