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!
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.
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.
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.
A Top Hat may be a better buy