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Immaculate, fully restored Contessa 26 'Eva Luna' (by Jeremy Rogers Ltd. of Lymington) cruising sailing yacht is For Sale by Vivid Blue Marine.
'Eva Luna' has been painstakingly restored is now a cruiser / racer sailboat that is ready to sail away for use as a cruising boat, which can also be raced.
'Eva Luna' is a beautifully restored Contessa 26 sailing yacht that has received top-to-toe care. She is immaculate condition and is a superb example of a true classic offshore cruising/racing yacht by one of Britain's designers/builders.
Her hull is newly painted in a lustrous deep Oxford Blue with lighter blue anti-foul below the waterline. Her interior has been extensively restored and is in tremendous condition.
Her sails are in good order and all have been laundered, serviced and a new UV strip fitted to the genoa.
'Eva Luna' has been fitted with a brand new YANMAR 1 GM 10 diesel engine (supported by three-year warranty that took effect from 26 May 2022) after successful pre-delivery inspection by Cutler Marine of Emsworth.
'EVA LUNA' is an early (1969) Jeremy Rogers built boat hull no.97 and is in exceptionally good condition.
She was completely refurbished in 2005 with new interior woodwork and over the past 12 months has undergone a major professional refit and overhaul to a very high standard.
'Eva Luna' is set up for short handed cruising with all lines led aft.
It didn't quite begin with the Contessa 26, but this was definitely the boat that established Jeremy Rogers' business. Based on the Folkboat, the Contessa 26 made her first appearance on the water at the end of April 1966, and within two years the demand for this very pretty little g.r.p. cruiser-racer was such that the boatshed had to expand to double its original size.
Production continued at the original Gosport Street site and later in the Waterloo Road factory. In 1973 a set of moulds was sold to Canada, where JJ Taylors built very many Contessa 26s, including the one that teenager, Tania Aebi, sailed single-handedly around the world in the mid 1980s.
In 1977 the Rogers yard ceased building 26s, and the moulds were sold to another Lymington company, Maclan Marine, where a few more were produced. By this date over 300 Contessa 26s had been built at the Rogers yard. Meanwhile production of the Contessa 32 and many larger designs went from strength to strength.
The Contessa 26 also has a passionate following and an excellent class association.
All standard rigging has been checked by a rigging specialist and certified as fully serviceable.
All running rigging is brand new throughout using high-quality cordage.
Mast & Boom
Fully refurbished and professionally resprayed in dark silver
'Eva Luna' is fitted with a Hydra Autosteer Trim Tab windvane - self-steering system with new universal joints fitted.
'Eva Luna' is fitted with LOFRANS Electric Windlass (can be operated from deck or cockpit) which can also be operated manually with a winch handle
Contessa 26 Sail Plan Specification Sheet SAIL AREA sq ft CLOTH ozs LUFF LEACH FOOT hollow in
LEACH hollow in
FOOT REMARKS Main 120 7 24' 25'6" 8'6" -- -- roach 1' No1 Genoa 184 5 28'9" 27'6" 13'6" 3" 12" round -- No2 Genoa 170 7 27'6" 26'6" 13'6" 12" 3" -- Staysail 124 7 22'6" 20'9" 12' 9" 3" -- Storm Jib 56 8 17'6" 13' 8'9" 6" 3" -- Spinnaker 440 1.5 28'10" 28' 16' -- -- --