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1978 Contessa 28

Levington, United Kingdom


The Contessa 28 has a well deserved reputation for seakindly, well-mannered performance and an excellent turn of speed.  Easily handled, they make excellent family cruisers with a safe cockpit and versatile accommodation.  This example is in need of some cosmetic refurbishment and her asking price reflects this.

Viewing by appointment through our Suffolk Office 01473 659 681.

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: Oboe
Make: Contessa
Model: 28
Year: 1978
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Jeremy Rogers
Designer: Doug Peterson
Construction: Fiberglass
Keel Type: Fin Keel


Length: 28 ft
Length Overall: 27'8 ft
Waterline Length: 22 ft
Beam: 9'5 ft
Max Draft: 4'9 ft
Displacement: 3,168 kg
Ballast: 1,272 kg

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Nanni
  • Rope Cutter: true
  • Model: 2.60HE
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 15hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze
  • Year: 1987
  • Engine Hours: 2500
Cruising Speed: 5 kn
Maximum Speed: 6 kn


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 50 L
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 200 L



Suffolk Office
Suffolk Yacht Harbour Levington
Ipswich, Suffolk, GB, IP10 0LN
Tel:+44 (0)1473 659681


The accommodation offers up to five berths in two cabins. In the forecabin, V berth with infill and stowage under.  Opening hatch to foredeck.  Full width heads compartment with marine toilet and washbasin.  Hanging locker opposite.  In saloon, two settee berths.  Fixed table with drop leaves.  Quarter berth to starboard with fold-down chart table over and galley opposite.  Two burner gimballed gas cooker with grill and oven.  Sink drainer with manually pumped water supply.  200 litre freshwater capacity.  Cool box.

Mechanical Systems

Located behind the companionway, Nanni 2.6HE twin cylinder 15hp diesel engine, installed new in 1987.  Approximately 2500 hours running time.  Electric start.  Freshwater cooled via heat exchanger.  Shaft drive to three bladed propeller.  Shaft rope cutter.  Single lever control.  50 litre fuel capacity in stainless steel tank giving approxiamtely 150 mile range at 5 knot cruising speed.  Maximum speed under power 6 knots.  The engine has been regularly serviced and winterised annually in the present ownership.

Electrical Systems
  • 3 x 12 volt batteries
  • Alternator charging
Spars & Sails

Masthead rigged sloop.  Anodised aluminium mast and boom by Kemp Spars.  Stainless steel standing rigging.  Backstay adjuster.  Terylene running rigging.  Slab reefing mainsail with lazy jacks.  Furlex 200s headsail furling system (2000).  Some lines led aft to cockpit.  Two Lewmar 30 self tailing genoa sheet winches.  Two Lewmar 7 spinnaker sheet winches.  Two Lewmar 16 control line winches.  Lewmar 7 halyard winch at mast.  Telescopic spinnaker pole.  Strut kicker.

  • Mainsail  -  2010
  • Furling genoa  -  2021, being made at the moment
  • Spinnaker
Deck Equipment
  • Bruce anchor with chain and warp
  • Self draining anchor stowage locker
  • Stainless steel pulpit, pushpit, stanchions and guardwires
  • Teak coachroof grabrails
  • Sail cover
  • Fixed windscreen with attached sprayhood
  • Outboard stowage bracket
  • Stainless steel boarding ladder
  • Various warps and fenders
Navigation Equipment
  • Plastimo Contest steering compass
  • Navico depth
  • Clipper windspeed and direction
  • VHF radio
  • Garmin GPS
  • Autohelm autopilot
  • Clock and barometer
  • Masthead and deck level navigation lights
Safety Equipment
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire blanket
  • Two manual bilge pumps
  • Horseshoe lifebuoy
  • Radar reflector

Built in 1978 by Jeremy Rogers to a design by Doug Peterson.  White GRP hull with style stripes.  Alloy toe rail.  White GRP superstructure with painted non-slip to deck.  Fin keel.  Spade hung rudder.  Tiller steering.  Aft self draining cockpit.


The company normally acts as brokers for the vendor who unless otherwise stated is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of these particulars the correctness is not guaranteed and they are intended as a guide only and do not constitute a part of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check these particulars and where appropriate and at his own expense to employ a qualified marine surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability on our part.

General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferaft, fire extinguishers and flares etc., are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on board as part of the sale of a used vessel, may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner’s specific needs.

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