Mariposa for sale; JR Contessa 26

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  • 27 May 2015 20:21
    Message # 3359267
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    Mariposa – Junk Rigged Contessa 26
    The legendary Contessa 26 from the workshop of Jeremy Rogers is a marque that's taken several intrepid sailors around the world, one of the most famous being Tania Aebi.
    This one is Junk Rigged:
    Solid wood mast, keel stepped.
    Galvanised steel mast collar at the deck.
    Galvanised steel frame supporting the mast from foot to deck.
    Cambered seven panel sail made by Chris Skanes
    Aluminium battens one side, doubled with PVC on the other.
    Three part tackle on halyard.
    PJR sheeting and running lines.
    No inboard motor, 6hp Mariner two stroke long shaft on transom bracket.
    Stern anchor on massive roller.
    Simrad TP10 tiller pilot.
    100w semi-flexible solar panel and controller.
    Plastimo cockpit compass, Navman depth sounder.
    All through-hulls removed, except cockpit drains.
    Smaller windows installed for heavy weather use.
    Flawless spray job on hull in Fiat Rosso.
    CopperBot antifoul, no growth.
    Origo single burner stove.
    100 litre water capacity, in 10 x 10 litre jugs with taps.
    Innovative (if I say so myself) clothes storage in hanging tote bags.
    Fenders & lines.
    Boat hook.
    And a bunch of other regular boaty paraphernalia.

    Mariposa was sailed happily around the UK’s south west coast for years, then she was bought by Peter Scandling who stripped her out, replaced and fibreglassed the bulkheads, re-did the rudder pintles, and a thousand other things that were major structural items. A history of his work on the boat can be found in two articles for the JRA magasine (the most recent two issues).
    When I bought her I did some interior carpentry, and set about accessorising her: Origo stove, 100w solar panel with controller, interior LEDs, 10 x 10 litre water jugs, 6hp Mariner outboard, stern anchor and chain locker, inflatable tandem canoe/kayak (Gumotex Palava), Simrad TP10 tiller pilot, did some rewiring including a second cig lighter outlet, carpet, re-bedded stanchion mounts, replaced mast wedges.
    Lying in Torpoint Yacht Harbour, Corwall (just opposite Plymouth).
    Dozens of photos available, email me at and I'll send you some.
    Price? She ‘owes’ me £10,000 ish, but then she's only worth what someone is willing to pay for her.
    I think £8,500 is fair, JRA member discount not withstanding...

  • 26 Jun 2015 07:24
    Reply # 3404714 on 3359267
    Deleted user

    Is it bad forum etiquette to post a reply here, to bump the thread back into the home page?

    If so, feel free to delete this post.

    If not, bumpity bump...

  • 27 Jun 2015 02:28
    Reply # 3406553 on 3359267

    I've no idea, Matt, but it makes sense to me to keep a topic 'live', particularly one that can be seen by the surfing general public.  I'm sorry - and somewhat surprised - that you've not managed to find a buyer for Mariposa yet.  Is she with a broker, too?  You never know, you may manage to get sufficient boost to your finances that you can afford to come back and carry on, if she doesn't sell soon!  Best of luck, anyway.

  • 27 Jun 2015 08:27
    Reply # 3406705 on 3359267
    Deleted user

    Thanks Annie.

    It's only been a month, so I'm not too disappointed that she hasn't sold yet.

    She's listed with two brokers; Plymouth Boatshed and Sunbird Marine (she's not up there yet).

    Even if my fortunes take a dramatic upswing, i now think a Contessa 26 is a little small for me. The length is fine, and they're a wonderful sailing yacht (lithe is the best word), but the great sailing qualities are partly achieved with a narrow beam and sleek, low coach roof. I've been aboard 24 footers with much more room. For a 6'1" bloke to semi-retire aboard she's just too small.

    Besides, i may not be single forever, and i would like to have enough room for the occasional guest of the feminine species...

  • 01 Jul 2015 21:47
    Reply # 3416073 on 3359267
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    Hi Matt. I don't know what the current Webmaster's view on follow-up posts is, but I used to recommend it when I was doing the job. No point things vanishing down a black hole. Good luck with the sale.

  • 19 Jul 2015 07:54
    Reply # 3440344 on 3359267
    Deleted user

    Annie's latest blog post reminded me that i might bump my ad back onto the JRA home page.



  • 13 Aug 2015 09:40
    Reply # 3477444 on 3359267
    Deleted user

    At last, Mariposa can now be found on the Sunbird Marine website.

    Note: the price is actually only £7,500, or nearest offer. I've emailed Robin to make the correction.


  • 17 Aug 2015 04:15
    Reply # 3482675 on 3477444
    Deleted user

    Matt Waite wrote:

    At last, Mariposa can now be found on the Sunbird Marine website.

    Note: the price is actually only £7,500, or nearest offer. I've emailed Robin to make the correction.


    Oops, i meant £6,500. I have some bills to pay...
  • 04 Sep 2015 07:23
    Reply # 3510020 on 3359267
    Deleted user

    Further price drop.

    I'm rapidly becoming a 'motivated seller' ...

    New price £5,500.

    Here's the ad on the Sunbird website.

    Here's the ad on Boatshed Plymouth.

    She's in the water at Torpoint, Cornwall, on a pontoon spot that costs £132 per month.



  • 06 Sep 2015 00:56
    Reply # 3512177 on 3359267
    Hi Matt.  I'm very surprised - and sorry for you - that Mariposa hasn't sold.  She sounds like a great boat and is a real bargain.  One keeps hearing of young people needing sponsorship so that they can go sailing, but you'd think most people would be able to scrape that much together.

    Have you tried advertising on Apollo Duck?

    Best of luck!  I'll post the link on my blog ... you never know!

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