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So buy a 26-28 foot coastal cruiser of more modern design - which may well offer a lot more space as well - for half the money.
Meh, it wouldn't have the pedigree! You'll never lose money on a Contessa.

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Indeed ^^^, and if the decks have been recored, sails, rig, engine, etc... are in good condition, it's going to cost less than finding a Pearson 30 for 15k that will need love and attention. The OP knows and likes the design, and that beauty in the eye of the beholder still counts for much!
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Hi bmjnyc,
I put a longer reply in your other thread on the subject.
I, too, have been looking to buy a Contessa 26 over the past few years. Feel free to PM me your contact details if you wish to compare notes. I will have to reply by e-mail since I'm new at posting on SailNet and won't have the required number of posts to permit PMing.
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Pearson 30, Tartan 30, Catalina 30, Sabre 28, C&C 27, 29 30
all great boats
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kijiji.ca toronto has a contessa 26 with trailor for 11 000. Can
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I went with the 1972

I decided to go with the 1972. I got the boat surveyed and the surveyor told me he was hard pressed to find anything wrong with the boat. The owner did an impeccable renovation. Can't wait to sail her even improving many things.

Thanks for all the input!
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Looks like a first class boat in every respect. Congratulations.

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Re: Which Contessa 26 to go with??

Now that you've had the Contessa for a few years, can you describe the experience?
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Re: Which Contessa 26 to go with??

I'm very happy with my boat. I just returned from a 12 month single handed trip from NYC to the Bahamas and back. The CO26 was the perfect boat. Here are some photos of the trip

https://www.tumblr.com/blog/contessa26
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Re: Which Contessa 26 to go with??

As a fellow Contessa owner I remember this thread and this boat. Your boat still ranks high on a search of "Contessa 26" and make me a bit jealous.

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