Crossbow | 1977 Contessa 35

Kingston, ON, CA


CROSSBOW was one of several Doug Peterson 1-tonners built in England to find her way to North America. The Contessa 35 was a very contemporary and competitive IOR racing boat in her day, and many are still seen racing in PHRF fleets today. The Jeremy Rogers Boatyard that built her was renowned for building strong passage-makers like the Contessa 26 and 32, and the 35 was very well built with extra materials to combat the stresses of ocean racing. Her Yanmar diesel, double-spreader rig, good set of sails and full set of electronics help to make her an attractive consideration. This boat would make a great club racer or very fast cruising boat.


  • Length: 35ft
  • Builder: Contessa Yachts (GBR)
  • Beam: 11' 5"
  • Year: 1977
  • Hull: Fiberglass
  • Speed: 8.5
  • Status: Active

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  • Builder: Contessa Yachts (GBR)
  • Designer: Doug Peterson
  • Keel: Fin Keel


  • Length Overall: 35.5 ft
  • Length Waterline: 29.5 ft
  • Ballast Weight Measure: 6900 lb
  • Cabin Head room measure: 6' 2"
  • Beam Measure: 11' 5"


  • Total Power: 30
  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Year Built: 2005
  • Engine Model: 3GM30F
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Hours: 4500
  • Engine Power: 30 hp


  • Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (35 Gallons)
  • Fuel Tanks: 1 (40 Gallons)


  • Number of cabins: 1
  • Number of heads: 1

General Equipment

  • Anchors: 3
  • Anchor Chain and Rode: 2
  • Anchor Windlass
  • Batteries: 2 x 12V batteries and 2 x 6 volt (in series)
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Parallel Switch
  • Battery Switch Vapor Proof
  • Bilge Pumps: 1 Manual
  • Boarding Ladder
  • Bow Rail
  • Clock and Barometer
  • Storage Cradle
  • Dinghy:Inflatable Dinghy with Plywood floorboards
  • Dinghy Motor:Tohatsu 5hp two stroke
  • Fenders: 4
  • Head: Electric
  • Teak and Holly Cabin Sole
  • Many spare parts for maintenance and servicing: Engine, Electrics, Deck Gear
  • Primary Fuel filter/ water separator Racor


  • Refrigerator: 12V Refrigerator in insulated chest
  • Origo 6000 Alcohol 3 burner cooker with Oven Not installed

Safety Equipment

  • Boat Hook
  • Fire Extinguishers: 3
  • Horn
  • Life Ring
  • Life Jackets: 4
  • Safety Harnesses: 2
  • Life Raft: (service due) – with pushpit mounting frame
  • Radar Reflector


  • NMEA 2000 backbone linking instruments
  • Auto Pilot: Furuno below deck autopilot
  • Chart-Plotter: Furuno Navnet chartplotter radar linked to AIS system
  • Compass: 2 x Danforth Constellation bulkhead mounted and 1 x chart table bulkhead compass
  • Depth Sounder: Garmin GMI 10
  • Knot Meter: Garmin GMI 10
  • Sum Log: Garmin GMI 10
  • Wind Speed Indicator: Garmin GMI 10
  • Radar: Furuno – Presently not fitted
  • VHF with DSC: Icom VHF with DSC
  • SSB: Icom SSB – Presently not fitted
  • Inverter: 750 watts

Canvas Info

  • Colour: Black
  • Dodger: Spray hood
  • Winter cover and Frame

Sails and Rigging

  • Keel Type: Fin
  • Rig: Twin spreader (inline) configuration with Inner forestay (detachable)
  • Spar Material: Aluminum
  • Rigging:All rigging is 1 x 19 stainless steel wire (renewed in 2014)
  • Traveler: In cockpit
  • Lazy Jacks
  • Mainsail: Doyle (4 x full length battens, 3 rows of reefs) new in 2012
  • Genoa 1
  • Genoa 2 (Furling)
  • Heavy weather Jib
  • Storm Jib
  • Tri-sail
  • Light Spinnaker
  • Heavy Spinnaker
  • Drifter: new in 2006
  • Bowsprit for Drifter
  • Genoa Tracks with adjustable cars (Harken)
  • Roller Furling:Harken Furling Headfoil
  • Drogue
  • Spinnaker Pole
  • Back Stay Adjuster:Navtec Hydraulic Backstay
  • Boom Vang: Rigid Vang
  • Topping Lift
  • Halyards (All replaced 2023)
  • Genoa Halyard x 1
  • Spinnaker/genoa halyard x 2
  • Spinnaker pole uphaul x 1
  • Main Halyard x 1
  • Running Backstays (removable)
  • Snatch Blocks:Blocks for spinnaker sheet, guy, foreguy
  • Winches Standard:Primary winches 2 x Lewmar 55 3 speed and Secondary winches 2 x Lewmar 43
  • Winches Self-Tailing: 2 x Barient 22-39 2 speed, Self-Tailing
  • Winch Handles: 2
  • Tiller Steering
  • Spare Tiller
  • Tiller Extension


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.


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Crossbow | Contessa 35 35ft

CAD$ 32,000

Kingston, ON, CA

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