Aquarelle is a superb example of the popular Contessa 26. David Sadler was in fine form the day the plans for this boat materialised and the model has enjoyed a cult following both as a long range cruiser and club racer. This yacht had an extensive refit between 2009 and 2011 when the extensive navigation package was upgraded along with the standing rigging.
This Contessa is a very attractive vessel, with classic lines, renowned sailing qualities and a decent level of comfort below decks. Aquarelle also has a self draining cockpit making her more attractive over other Contessa 26's, negating the need of a cockpit cover. She has been out of the water to winter ashore regularly and is antifouled ready for the season.
Aquarelle is a very good example of the very popular Contessa 26. The yacht was built by Jeremy Rogers in Lymington to a David Sadler design and launched in 1971. The hull is constructed from a heavy layup of GRP and has a long keel with 1.22 Tonne iron keel shoe. This makes the yacht very stable and lovely to handle in a seaway. Topsides in smart navy blue with gold coveline stripe and white boot top. Under water areas finished in red antifoul with coatings applied prior to relaunch in February ready for the season. Hull was epoxied as a preventative measure in 1995.
White GRP decks and coachroof with teak topped toerails. Large cockpit with mahogany strip locker tops and teak grate in cockpit sole. Transom hung rudder, varnished above the waterline with tiller steering. Plentiful storage with two cockpit lockers and large locker to transom. Vessel comes with beaching legs should drying harbours and moorings be encountered.
The vessel is powered by a reliable and economical Yanmar 1GM10 inboard diesel engine. This sea water cooled model was installed in 1986 and has provided years of good service. Regularly maintained unit with most recent service in November 2015 prior to lift out for the winter.
Reduction gear box driving stainless steel shaft and a Darglow Featherstream, 3 bladed feathering propeller. This increases bite when manouvering in tight areas and minimises drag when under sail.
Bank of 2, 12V (110amph) batteries fitted with isolators. These are recharged via the engine alternator and topped up by the solar charger.
Aquarelle is a masthead, sloop rigged yacht with stainless steel standing rigging, deck stepped alloy Proctor mast and boom. Vessel rigged for single handed sailing and all halyards are led aft to helm. Winches include Lewmar self tailing for genoa sheets and Coach roof mounted halyard winches by Gibb. Slab reefing main with lazy jacks and Harken roller furling gear for the head sail.
Standing rigging was replaced in 2009 and the running rigging has been replaced on a regular basis as part of a preventative maintenance programme.
The sail wardrobe includes, an Alpha mainsail with 3 reefing points, furling genoa by Quay Sails and a spinnaker by Hood.
Below decks is accessed via the companionway. The steps into the cabin incorporate the engine bay cover. The main saloon features seating port and starboard which double as berths. The headroom, though low is an ample 5'8". The saloon sole is attractive teak and holly faced marine ply. Forward of saloon bulkhead is a V-berth and a heads compartment with Lavac Popular sea toilet.
This is situated at the end of the portside settee. This features an Origo two burner spirit fueled hob and good storage in units below and behind. There is a sink incorporated into the chart table opposite with hand pumped fresh water supply.
This is situated at the end of the starboard settee and features a Clock & Barometer, chart reading light, 12V sockets and extensive navigation package.
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