Folkboat design from England and Canada

Small Sailboat Design Software

25' 5.5" 27' 1" 21' 0" 4' 0" 33' 0"

inboard 6 to 10 hp 43%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage: varies

Approx. trailering wgt.: 7,600 lbs.

David Sadler J. J. Taylor & Sons 1965-1990 304 sq. ft.

varies

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

25' 5.5" 27' 1" 21' 0" 4' 0" 33' 0"

inboard 6 to 10 hp 43%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage: varies

Approx. trailering wgt.: 7,600 lbs.

David Sadler J. J. Taylor & Sons 1965-1990 304 sq. ft.

varies

The Scandinavian Folkboat concept (heavy displacement, long keel with highly raked attached outboard rudder, narrow hull, low freeboard, springy sheer) inspired this British design by David Sadler in collaboration with Contessa Yachts owner Jeremy Rodgers, based in Lymington, England. The boats proved very seaworthy in tough conditions, such as the OSTAR (Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race), the Fastnet Race, and a 27,000 mile round-the-world voyage by young Tania Abei. After building 350 boats in England in less than four years, the molds were shipped to Canada where J. J. Taylor & Sons began selling to the North American market. The boat was first known as the Contessa 26, and later, for legal reasons, as the

J. J. Taylor 26. In 1983 many changes were made, such as lead in place of iron keel (increasing ballast by 300 lbs.); a lowered cabin sole to increase headroom; and addition of a midships hatch. There were many engine types over the years, such as 7 hp Vire, 6.6 hp Petter, 7 hp Faryman, 9 hp Yanmar. Best features: Good sea boat, very good tracking ability (good for windvane steering), good pointing ability. She also looks pretty. Worst features: Low coach roof and narrow beam give the cabin a closed-in feeling. There's no space to stand up under a companionway hatch, since there is no hatch; instead, a "bubble" facilitates entry to the cabin. Low freeboard gives a wet ride in rough conditions. Some boats need scuppers relocated.

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

Capri 26 (24)

23' 8"

9' 10"

3' 5"

5,100

1,750

Cape Dory 25D (Mk II)

25' 0"

8' 0"

3' 6"

5,120

2,050

Rhodes Meridian 25

24' 9"

7' 0"

3' 3"

5,310

2,750

Contessa 26 (25)

25' 5.5"

7' 6"

4' 0"

5,400

2,300

Ericson 25 Mk I

24' 8"

8' 0"

2' 0"

5,400

2,500

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

15.9

189

210

6.4

15.6

641

4

6' 1"

16.4

333

255

5.8

23.7

472

4

5' 11"

13.4

442

252

5.6

31.0

363

4

5' 8"

15.8

260

246

6.1

24.8

447

4

5' 0"

13.8

234

234

6.1

23.4

457

4

5' 6"

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