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39' Contessa 1981 39

  • Price: $59,900
  • Model Year: 1981
  • Boat Ref: 6064743
  • Location: Clearwater FL, United States
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  • Broker Name: Dean Rudder
  • Tel. 727-224-8977

39' Contessa 1981 39

This Contessa 39 is a serious offshore yacht set up for Solo Sailing. The current owner of 27 years has sailed offshore from the West Coast to Hawaii twice and has spared no expense with equipment and electronics to insure comfort, speed and safety while offshore. Built by Jeremy Rogers in the U.K. as a high performance offshore yacht, the quality and attention to detail are remarkable.  The hull and deck are Kevlar fibers with a foam core so they are solid and resistant to moisture and rot.  For those dreaming of "solo" offshore sailing, this is the yacht for you! See the video below for a complete walk-through.  Call today to take a look at this very special yacht! 

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    • Builder: Jeremy Rogers
    • Construction: Other
    • Length: 39 ft
    • Beam: 12' 0"
    • Displacement: 14500 lbs
    • Ballast: 8000 lbs
    • LOA: 39 feet
    Speed and Distance
    • Single Berth No.: 4
    • Double Berth No.: 1
    • Cabin No.: 1
    • Head No.: 1
    • Number of Engines: 1
    • EngineType: Inboard
    • Engine(s) Make: Volkswagon
    • Engine Model: Pathfinder
    • Engine Fuel: Diesel
    • Windlass: Manual
    • Electrical Circut: 12 V
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    As you step down three steps through the companionway, first impression is that this is a serious yacht designed with function in mind.  The interior is mostly open with a bulkhead forward to the Vee berth and head.  The Navigation Station is located under the companionway steps with a complete electronics setup including a SSB, Simrad N557 Radar,Garmin EchoMapDV Chartplotter, VHF Radio, Stereo, Speed, Depth, Wind Direction, DC Panel, Barometer and Clocks. This setup makes it easy for the Captain to keep an eye on the electronics and pop up through the companionway to have a look around.  The engine is just behind the Navigation Station with access from both sides. Batteries are aft secured in a sealed compartment.  Sea Berths are on both sides of the engine along with access to storage in the stern of the vessel.

    Moving forward there are two settees, port and starboard with storage under and behind. The settee cushions are in storage.  Just forward on the Portside is the gally with a Force 10 Two Burner Stove and Oven which is gimballed and has storage below.  There is a single SS sink with plenty of storage in the adjacent cabinet and below the sink.  On the Starboard side is a refrigerator/freezer with a water cooled Glacier Bay Compressor. There is more storage in this area.

    The forward cabin has a double berth with storage below the berth. Line storage is arranged on both sides of the cabin with a composting head, watermaker and heater mounted on the bulkhead.   



    SS water tanks

    Spectra Water Maker

    Foot Pumps for Fresh and Sea Water in Galley

    Sink Drains overboard below the water line with valves

    Glacier Bay Air Conditioning


    Electrical System

    Ship's system is 12v D.C.

    Six AGM Batteries in one 12v bank all secured and covered.

    One additional starting battery in a secured covered plastic box with a crossover switch at the Navigation Station

    Blue Seas two position rotary master switch next to the large battery bank

    Two panels for 12v; one with a master breaker and 12 branch circuit breakers and one with 8 branch circuit breakers all marked for use.

    Reverse Polarity Indicator; There is a red reverse polarity light and a green "invertor on" light at the 12v panel.

    Stranded wiring is bundled and supported.

    Shore System: The shore power 125 volt 30 amp service inlet plug is in the cockpit near the panel. The panel consists of a master breaker with an inverter/shore lock out and two distribution breakers marked for service.

    True Charge 40 plus unit.

    West Marine power inverter with an indicator light at the panel.

    Alternator 110 amp

    Alternator 65 amp

    TV in Salon


    Engine and Mechanical

    Four Cylinder Volkswagon Pathfinder Diesel

    Carl Hurth reduction gear with a V drive

    No hour meter


    Volt Meter

    Temperature Gauge

    Single Lever for throttle and gear shift

    Two blowers for Engine Compartment

    Heat Exchanger and Sea Strainer

    Engine Mounts are bolted to form cored engine bed

    Aluminum Fuel Tanks located at each side of the engine


    Hull and Deck

    Hull and Deck are Kevlar Fiber laid up in a mold with a form core.  There is a sample plug onboard.

    Shiny gelcoat topsides and bottom paint on the underside

    Large Fiberglass Rudder

    Three blade bronze 16" feathering prop

    Monitor Wind Vane on transom

    Nine Lewmar (2 speed) Winches mounted on the coach roof and cockpit

    Navtec Rod Rigging with Gibb open turnbuckles, baby stay and intermediate stay are 1 x 19 stainless steel wire.

    Harken Roller Furling System on forestay

    SS Chainplates

    Jib Sheet Tracks

    Main Sheet Track located in the cockpit

    Solar Panels

    Tabernacle Mast on a plate of aluminum bolted to the deck with 6 feet of mast below the heavy aluminum plate which steps to the keel.

    Dodger at companionway (Canvas is in storage)

    Ten SS Keel Bolts

    Deep Fin Keel with Spade Rudder




    Broker's Comments

    The current owner (27 years) of this Contessa 39 has keep this vessel in excellent condition.  He has sailed with his children on the great lakes, solo sailed offshore and continued to tweak this vessel for safety, speed and comfort as an ocean going yacht. It is dry, clean and appears to be very solid.  As a broker, I find that sailors who want to "solo" or 'race" are always trying to convert a cruising yacht to meet their needs. With this yacht, no conversion needed, she is already to go! No need to find a mate to sail with you, just take off and enjoy all the oceans have to offer! Its amazing to see a vessel like this offered for under $60,000!  Very afforabable!  Live the Dream! Call today for more information!

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    Additional Contact Information

    Contact Capt. Dean Rudder

    Professional Yacht Broker

    Call or Text to 727-224-8977


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