Bill Mellon, CPYB®
Edwards Yacht Sales
510 Brookside Drive
Clearwater, FL, US
Office: 727.449.8222
Mobile: 727.421.4848

1981 Contessa 39
Boat Type: Racer and Cruiser Address: Clearwater, FL, US Price: $59,900


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!  Call today to take a look at this very special yacht! 


Basic Information

Manufacturer: Contessa Vessel Name:
Model: 39 Boat Type: Racer and Cruiser
Year: 1981 Hull Material: Other
Category: Sail Hull Type:
Condition: Used Hull Color:
Location: Clearwater, FL, US Designer:
Available for sale in U.S. waters: Yes Flag of Registry:

Dimensions & Weight

Length: 39 ft - 11.89 meter Draft - max: 6 ft 6 in - 1.98 meter
LOA: 39 ft - 11.89 meter Bridge Clearance: -
Beam: 12 ft - 3.66 meter Dry Weight: -


Make: Engine Type: Inboard
Model: Pathfinder Drive Type:
Engine(s): 1 Fuel Type: Diesel
Hours: - Horsepower: -
Cruise Speed: - Max Speed: -
Range: - Joystick Control: No

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank: - Holding Tank: -
Fresh Water Tank: -    


Total Cabins: 1 Crew Cabins: 1
Total Berths: 1 Crew Berths: 1
Total Sleeps: 1 Crew Sleeps: 1
Total Heads: 1 Crew Heads: 1
Captains Cabin: No    



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.   


Electrical System

Ship's system is 12v D.C.

Six AGM Batteries in one 12v bank all secured and covered (all new in 2017/2018).

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



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


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!

Sails & Rigging

Sails are all North and include near new main and jib.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


Location Map

Bill Mellon, CPYB®
Edwards Yacht Sales
510 Brookside Drive
Clearwater, FL, US
Office: 727.449.8222
Mobile: 727.421.4848