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Created by Frank101 Thursday, 5 Dec 2019
Frank101
17 posts
Thursday , 5 Dec 2019 1:45AM
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Does anybody the handling characteristics of a 1975 Contessa 25? I found writeups on the Contessa 26 in Europe but seems to be a different boat. Can't find anything in the way of reviews on the net except a standard blurb which several for sale seemed to have. Any info at all would be helpful!
Frank

Ramona
NSW, 5302 posts
Thursday , 5 Dec 2019 8:06AM
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I presume you are referring to the Peter Cole designed Contessa. It is an entirely different boat to the British built Contessa 26 which is just a folkboat built in "glass with higher topsides and a longer cabin. At least one of these have sailed out to Australia. One of our forum members used to own a Peter Cole Contessa and maybe she will ad to the discussion. Both boats are held in high esteem.

r13
NSW, 103 posts
Thursday , 5 Dec 2019 8:19AM
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The Contessa 25 is an excellent boat. See here some good summary details;

www.dbyboatsales.com.au/listing/contessa-25

The 1980 first build date in the below is wrong - try 1973 or even a bit earlier.

sailboatdata.com/sailboat/contessa-25-cole

Frank101
17 posts
Thursday , 5 Dec 2019 12:06PM
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Thanks for the info Ramona and r13. I'd already found those but was wondering if anyone had actual experience sailing one. Yes i do mean the Contessa 25 and not the Euro version.
Frank

Kankama
NSW, 231 posts
Thursday , 5 Dec 2019 5:28PM
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Lovely boat, very sweet. I wanted one as a kid. My mum had two over the years. Peter Cole could design fat boats - Nantucket 31 and he could design beautiful slim boats like the Cole 43 and the Contessa. The Contessa is like a little Cole 43 - a proper yacht. I have a definite soft spot for them and they sail nicely with few bad habits.

They are not big inside but they tick a lot of boxes. Graceful, well mannered and gentle on the eye.

cheers

Phil

Frank101
17 posts
Thursday , 5 Dec 2019 5:06PM
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Thanks Phil

nswsailor
NSW, 1247 posts
Thursday , 5 Dec 2019 10:11PM
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A Top Hat may be a better buy



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