Contessa 26

Joshua III – Contessa 26

After many years fixing up that trimaran sailing everywhere with wind shifting and boat that doesn’t want to go upwind… I wanted something smaller, that sail better and go further with less money. So I’ve found and bought a Contessa 26.

I loved this boat and did  thousands of miles with it & ocean crossing. Sadly, like everything in life, it was getting old and needed a major refit. I’ve decided instead to spend time building a new boat and use everything on this boat to equip the next one. The market was just not worth it to sell it this way to buy back all new material for the next one.

 

 

 

  • Co26 Chapter 6 - My friend Dan is the one that gived me a ride to the path of the trail. We said goodbye and I’ve started my long walk. I didn’t do it for very long the first day, just like sailing I usually anchor not far from the start to get in the “mood” before really get Continue Reading
  • Co26 Chapter 5 - It is always a magical moment when you raise the anchor for a departure. Your legs are light, your heart happy with the unknown left to discover. I've found over time that there is 2 kind of persons, those that need to know exactly what will happen and those that don't. For me it's a Continue Reading
  • Co26 Chapter 4 - Now from a Coast guard patrol, I had a chart and needed a Area where I could fix my computer and look for damage on the boat. The tide was switching so it was time to go, the wind was light but with the full sails up I was slowly progressing. I had to go Continue Reading
  • Co26 Chapter 3 - I don't remember exactly how it happen, but I do remember that when I've untied from Bika for the night their anchor line got caught on my rudder. We've tried several things to get it out without diving but darkness was upon us. Nobody really like to go diving in the ocean while not being Continue Reading
  • Co26 Chapter 2 - Charter 2 Georgetown, Sc in the USA is a interesting place for me. I've been there with 3 different boats, 2 different girls and Simon. Dave a friend I've seen every single time in this harbor should have some funny thought about me... On a small boat, you know really fast if you will go Continue Reading
  • Co26 Chapter 1 - Ok David fromhttp://www.contessa26.net asked me to write my adventures with the Contessa... There is so much to say, that I've decided to write it in Chapters. My Co26 Adventures... Charter 1 That was a while back! the sea just throw me out of it after losing my last boat. Coalision with 2 whales, follow by Force Continue Reading
  • Chapter ending, another starting…. - Greeting, it's been a few months since the last post... Time was needed to end some things in our head to be able to start other one... Time does help to heal and get over things. Joshua, the project which took 3 years of work was moved yesterday to the new owner. End of this Continue Reading
  • We arrived - Good morning everyone ... So here we are arrived to our destination yesterday where the building of the new boat will start ... Today! We had a wonderful crossing of 36 days at sea, with some incredible sunset, we will put some video/pictures soon online. The boat begin to show some sign of ages ... Continue Reading
  • Last leg … Maybe! - Hello all, so the weather look good for tomorrow and hurricane look calm too! We will be heading this afternoon for the last leg and try to reach that main land ... the plan is heading west until around 50w then heading north - north west. We will see with the weather. Catherine foot doing Continue Reading
  • A pain. - Hello all! well we are still in Santa Maria .... Life can be better for now ... Catherine burned her foot quite good trying to play with the stove (a second degree burn), my back is killing me since a week, and it hurt like "/$/" each time I am going to pee .... But Continue Reading
  • Wind on the nose! - Hello All! So here we are in the Villa do Porto in the Azores ... Quite a beautiful place. It take us around 15 days to reach the place ... The 15 days can be resume quite easily: 2 days of fair wind, 13 days upwind with 2 times some strong wind from the West.... Continue Reading
  • East Wind!!! - Hello All! And there is the East wind finally today and tomorrow! So we will be leaving tomorrow West ... We don´t know yet if we will stop in the Azores or no, depending mostly of the weather and water onboard. We carry 160 liters onboard for both of us, giving around 40 days of Continue Reading
  • We will never leave this place. - Hello all .... We begin to lost patience a lot about all that sailing .... 16 days of sailing, days and night (Anchoring or drifting when no wind, and raising anchor even at 3ham if the wind pick up!) for doing a small 135 miles! We reached Gibraltar some few days ago after that amount Continue Reading
  • Fast news from Internet Cafe … - Hey! Like you can see on the link to spot us, we are not quite far! Weather changed from what expected and we are just drifting all the time with no wind, or beating upwind for 12 miles in 12 hours! Weather look better in the next days ...
  • Atlantic crossing #2 … backward! - Hi All, so there we go the weather look no bad for tomorrow ... Boat and crews ready to go, so we are heading to cross the North Atlantic backward ... We got a small device "spot" to check our location during the crossing. The device doesn't garantee that the message will be deliver, so Continue Reading
  • Finally a decision had been made. - Hello all, a long decision that we are been working on since 4 months had been made. Some of you know it already and some other's doesn't even have a clue. Let's try to put all that together ... The crossing from the Azores to Portugal last year made a lot more damage then what Continue Reading
  • Back in Spain - Dear Everybody, so here we are back in Spain on our little Joshua... We are happy to be back on our little home and everything stay the same since we left, except maybe for all the bird's shit on the deck. We changed some halyard, installed a sculling oar, put a new regulator for the Continue Reading
  • Long time no news! - Hey Everybody! Sorry to be so bad in the news lately ... Being back a normal worker for 2 months take all my time! Since I am here, I have the chance to meet up with Nick from www.bigoceans.com when I was in New York .. And I confirmed he is as crazy as people Continue Reading
  • I know its been a while! - Hello everybody ... I know I didnt give any news since a long time but nothing really to say. We are still in the ghost town of Almerimar, having gales after gales force wind on us, week of rain just to name a few. Its sunny right now and its been a while it was Continue Reading
  • Christmas - Merry christmas to all of you guys! I wish you all a great time with friends, family, lovers or pets!
  • Winter quest - Good morning all! 🙂 To give a little update, a decision had been made and Joshua will need to stay here 3 months alone with our friends. So what is happening ... well it's time to earn some freedom chip and for that it's time to travel on land! The backpack are now ready to Continue Reading
  • Almerimar - Good morning ! So what's is happening in this sailing life .... Well we finally reached a cheap marina to rest my back after a nice 10 days for 150 miles! After leaving Gibraltar, and to be sure we said that we have crossed the straight of Gibraltar, we crossed to Ceuta (African coast) on Continue Reading
  • Changing plan - Good morning everyone! Well .... just a quick one. The disk I moved in my spine 2 months ago decided to come back in pain when we were going for the Canaries. After flipping a coin (I have a video of that) we decided to continue into the Med instead for shorter cruise and going Continue Reading
  • News - Good evening everybody ... Sorry to be slow on the message lately... but really where to begin! 2 weeks ago, we had a big blow here. A force 9 SE wind, making the swell from the Med bouncing on the other side of the bay, and come as a opposite swell of 2 meters (8 Continue Reading
  • Preparing for the winter - Sorry for the delay! Lot´s of things happening here. First we have been kick out of the anchorage 2 weeks ago, the luxury boating, like everywhere is expending, closing anchorage to build big Marina to attract a different kind of boaters. We have made a big expense this week ... My windvane was pretty much Continue Reading
  • Update — Gibraltar - Good morning everyone! Sorry for the delay, but our usual place for Internet doesn´t work anymore. So what is happening, nothing special mostly working on the boat. Some major work was done, here a little list: -New Sail in good condition, a Yankee I got for free. -New Computer better then my old one. Got Continue Reading
  • Pictures! - New Pictures online! Check on the "The Med" section in the "View Pictures" page. More news soon! Take care all
  • La Linea - Hello all of you, it's difficult to keep with the update having so much things happening. So what's happening in "La linea" ?! Meeting lot's of boater's and making some friends. I've found a little job fixing sails for spanish sailboat. It's a easy job that I can do from Joshua, their is a possibility Continue Reading
  • Relaxing in Spain - Good afternoon all of you! Just a quick up to date. Like some of you know, I'm Anchor at "La linea" since almost 2 weeks. Life is now more relaxing, fixing the boat slowly but mostly having cocktail with all other boaters around. It's really nice, because all boat here go to remote location. Some Continue Reading
  • Gibraltar! - Hi everybody, just a quick message for now. I am now at Gibraltar, after mainly drift to here (And I really mean drifting 3/4 of the way with the current). Gibraltar is a nice place, Catherine arrived yesterday and I have meet some nice people on the anchorage. I am thinking staying here for a Continue Reading
  • The wet passage! 🙂 - Good morning everybody! Hope you are all doing well! So here I am in mainland Europe after a quite interesting and challenging crossing. Got my first knock down that was funny! If you think 20 degrees of inclination is bad on your boat, try 90 you will see 20 was not that bad 😉 Like Continue Reading
  • Portugal Mainland! - Hi everybody, quick email I will send another one soon with more detail. So there I have reach Portugal mainland. The ride was quite challenging. Head wind the whole way in the 15/20 kt range. Wave over the deck the whole way, at 20/30 degrees of inclination. At 200 miles from the coast, the wind Continue Reading
  • Horta/Faial - Hello Everybody, hope you are all doing well like I am. Faial is a beautiful island, a perfect balance between island life and civilized land. It feel secure, clean, nobody try to sell you something, and nobody beg for anything and its simply beautiful. Inside the island, the government installed and maintain beautiful area for Continue Reading
  • Video & more infos across the Atlantic! - Hi everybody, so here I've put the new video on the videos section of the website Like I've said the crossing was pretty good, lot's of North wind by depression north of me. I was becalmed several time, but every time follow by a nice 15/20 knots breeze making me sail in the 7 to Continue Reading
  • Horta in 21 days!! - Hello everybody, just a quick message until tomorrow or the next day .. I left 5 days later then expected, needed to spend some time alone with Joshua. The weather was quite nice, North wind to North-east for almost 15 days ... 1 days heave-to during gale force wind, and 2 days in total becalmed. Continue Reading
  • Newsletter 29 may - Hello everybody! Here is the last newsletter before the crossing! In the last week, some interesting story happen. First Keith and his wife Florida came for a visit (They found me via the website). Keith was suppose to arrived via the little beach at the marina, but with no real confirmation. Working and spreading caulking Continue Reading
  • Newsletter 26 May - Hello everybody, just a quick email for now, I will send one more complete in a couple of days. The computer part that I was waiting for was the wrong one, I almost left without one but doing so, I will not be able to take more then 16 pictures of the crossing and no Continue Reading
  • Newsletter 20 may - Hello everybody, a little update .... quite strange ... The last week was fill with good and bad things, I can go for over pages to explain everything but let's try to do it simple with a little list! 🙂 -My computer broke down, no detail charts anymore. Order a new piece to fix it! Continue Reading
  • Newsletter 13 may - Good evening everybody! Here a little update since the last crazy diesel spill! On the next morning of the last adventure, I was heading to the marina, the tail under my leg, to found a way of disposing that “contemned material”. After asking to meet the right guy and talking with him, he look at Continue Reading
  • Newsletter 7 may - I was working on Joshua all day, nice and sunny on the hard(Joshua been haul out). At the end of the day I decided to remove the "keel plug" to let the water still in the bilge to drain out. I removed the plug no problem. Water is coming out, good! When I go back Continue Reading
  • Website Update ! - New page on the website, a list of equipment on board: http://www.peacefuljourney.ca/equipments.php Enjoy!
  • Newsletter 2 May update … - Hi again everybody ... sorrry for the fast second newsletter! So after talking with a new person on the marina. We were talking about price again, and she said you are the 46 footers Joshua right ..? 46 footers ? (Joshua is getting bigger without notice!!) ... So after correction the haulout will be 240$ Continue Reading
  • Newsletter 1 may - Good evening everyone! Hope you all doing good Here the work is going really forward. The windvane part arrived, and a lot of other materials is now install on the boat (Yeah!). New GPS, Webbing on the deck for safety line, new block for the mainsail, sew a lot on the mainsail to give it Continue Reading
  • Little update! - Hello everybody, just a quick update. I'm with Joshua it's been 3 days now, lot's of rain but the work is going forward and faster then expected. Everything will be ready in time and even a little bit before! It is really nice to be back here, surround by good friends and sleep alone.(I was Continue Reading
  • Mailing list 25 april - I am presently sitting in the bus going toward Joshua when I am writing this (3h am), a step toward a new beginning. Today, at my last day working, they did a little party during lunchtime for my departure. This did bring me a tear in my eyes, remembering me the sailor curse. Leaving wonderful Continue Reading
  • PeacefulJourney Newsletter - Good morning everyone, Since my last post several things happen, first I've given my resignation letter to my employer. It was funny how the whole thing went: Enter in his office Me: Hi, I would like to talk about a serious matter considering my position Manager: No problems have a seat Me: Well I got Continue Reading
  • Windvane - Good afternoon everyone! Today, I found a store in England that still sells the parts for my old broken windvane. For the amount of money I was having plan for this, I was able to have all parts needed and they will be on their way soon!! That means simply, that there is nothing anymore Continue Reading
  • New day for Joshua !! - Today Joshua became official. The registration for my ship was done, and Joshua became officially a Canadian vessel named Joshua III. Wish I'm long life under his new name that barely change !
  • Joshua at the mooring - Good afternoon, just a quick message to say I've just moved Joshua to his mooring until the rest of my stay in Toronto. After several months waiting, Joshua did great and a nice sailing upwind with 10 knots of wind welcome us to the harbor. A great thanks to my friend Dan Herman, and his Continue Reading
  • Good morning everyone! - Just a little update of the situation. Yes. I am still in Toronto! Presently living in a youth hostel downtown, and working as a Software Programmer for the company ADP. This 4 months stay in Toronto was full of challenge, joy, success, deception, thinking, testing and laugh. After all this time far from the water Continue Reading
  • Canvas a vendre … / canvas for sale - English message will follow ... Bonjour tout le monde, comme plusieur d'entre vous le savent je part pour un voyage vers l'Asie et peut-etre un etrange tour du monde sur mon voilier en mai. Comme plusieur d'entre vous savent aussi, mon budget est assez restrinct, j'ai donc eu une idee. Je met a vendre a Continue Reading
  • Decision - Hello everyone ... well i finally take a decision ! Its been 5 years now that i try and work to try to accomplish a dream. Every time i got shit happen when i reach a certain point, every time i need to adapt and change plan to keep trying to reach my goal. After Continue Reading
  • last news … - Well the day as come ... and i will be gone Monday ! Yeah ! We have, me and Dan a wonderfull sailing yesterday bringing Joshua to is Winter slip on a 20 knots breeze ... everything went so well we both found it totally strange ! From leaving the mooring under sail ... to Continue Reading
  • Finally news !! - Hi everybody ! i hope you are all doing fine . Well like most of you know i am still in New Jersey after a little trip(6 weeks) in Canada to see the familly. It was really nice to spend some time around, relax and think. I did spend some time too with my old Continue Reading
  • - At my first week on land full time, i was happy of the shower i was enjoying the TV i was suprise by the fresh water and the laundry But after 2 weeks, i miss the sound of the water on the hull i miss the movement of Joshua i miss wakeup in the middle Continue Reading
  • Pacific around October - Hi everybody ! well i think a dream come true. Im more then happy that i did follow the sign that show me to turn back in the Bahamas.. Guess what !, i make enough money here to pay a transport to move Joshua and Me on the West Coast ! the Pacific finally !!!! Continue Reading
  • Depart - Bonjour, juste pour dire que j'appareille de Beaufort, NC dans quelque heures. La meteo na pas lair si mal, on va voir. J'espere atteindre la nouvelle angleterre dici 5 jours ou plus depend de la meteo.
  • Beaufort NC - Hi everybody, well there i am in Beaufort, NC. It take me and Joshua 5 days to reach it. The sailing was GREAT !. Nice SW/SE wind all the way 10/15 knots, calm sea nice sun. I have been becalmed only 6 or 7 hours right after i left the Bahamas. The windvane hold the Continue Reading
  • News / Nouvelles ! - English message will follow ------------------------------------------ Salut tout le monde, et bien voila toujours des peripeties. Comme certain le savent mon ordinateur est mort depuis quelque temps et je n'est plus de carte nautique pour naviguer. Ici il est pas facile de recevoir quelque chose par la poste non plus. Et sans oublier depuis environ 1 Continue Reading
  • Photo - Juste pour vous dire quil y a des nouvelles photos dans la section photo sous la rubrique little harbor. Prise lors du sejour de ma mere. A bientot Stephane
  • Bahamas - Bonjour Tout le monde, voila je suis a little harbor sur l'ile d'abaco dans les bahamas. Il fait beau et la voile est merveilleuse sur les banks. Le bateau avance tres bien et jai trouve quelque petits emploi ici et la. Je suis presentement avec Danny mon ami de Georgetown, et nous partirons bientot pour Continue Reading
  • Joyeux Noel ! - Bonjour, voila on est a st-augustine on a pas eu beaucoup de vent en chemin et jen est meme dechirer mechament mon genois leger mais on c'est bien rendu. Dave de Georgetown est aussi ici et ancre avec moi derriere l'ile ou j'etait 1 ans et demi plutot. Des choses on changer ici, et la Continue Reading
  • St-augustine - Bonjour, et bien voila on devrais quitter Georgetown samedi pour aller a St-augustine. On a finalement une bonne couvertune meteo et le bateau est en bonne etat. On a pas mal fini tout les travaux quil y avait a bord et jen revien pas comment pour la premiere fois ma liste des travaux a faire Continue Reading
  • Georgetown - Que de joie de revenir a Georgetown et revoir mes vieux amis. Nous sommes arriver de Beaufort il y a quelque jours, nous avons eu de bon vent pour arriver jusqu'ici et avons ete brasse un peu par la mer. Mais le bateau nous a juste montre encore plus c'est qualite marine. Revoir Dave et Continue Reading
  • Virginie ! - Et bien voila on est finalement rendu en Virginie ! Apres savoir fait brasser les 2 premiers jour, et n'avoir pas eu la meteo qui etait supose nous obligent a arreter en chemin, tout c'est bien passe. Nous avons eu quelque belle journee de voile, attrape un poisson qui goutais fort bon et plusieur fois Continue Reading
  • Depart ! - Voila nous avons une bonne couverture meteo jusqua vendredi. Nous appareillons donc demain (lundi) vers 11h avec la maree haute. Nous devrions arriver en Virginie mercredi ou jeudi si les vents sont constant sinon peut-etre un peu de retard. Kevin nous a permis de faire l'epicerie hier, et tout le bateau est bien plein jusqu'au Continue Reading
  • Ca sen vien ! - Voila le diesel fonctionne ! la toilette aussi, le pilote automatique est presque fini, et tout le reste sen vien bien. On commence a regarder pour une bonne couverture meteo et partir d'ici enfin !! Ca fait du bien d'etre mobile a nouveau !
  • Tempete tropicale - Bonjour, voila la tempete est passe. Il y a plus de 40 bateaux qui ont subis de gros domage pas loin d'ici. Certain couler, certain sur les caillous, d'autre plus chanceux sur la plage. Dan (Celui qui ma vendu le bateau), a fini sur la plage. Un autre bateau a chasser, et a heurte sont Continue Reading
  • Ca s’en vien ! - Bonjour ! et bien voila les travaux sur Joshua avance finalement pas si mal. Apres 5 jours de pluie, et 2 jour de vent et inondation (Tempete tropicale qui a passe) on a reussi a bien avance aujourdhui. On espere etre a l'eau cette semaine et fete bien ca. ! Simon est un bon travaillant Continue Reading
  • Nouvelle - Bonjour, et bien voila on est bien rendu au bateau moi et Simon. En ce moment on sable l'antifooling depuis 3 jours, travail chimique et salissant. Encore une journee et ca devrais etre fini. On espere etre a l'eau pour lundi et partir d'ici. Je vous donne plus de detail bientot Stephane
  • Nouvelle - Et bien bonjour, voila la date de depart vers le bateau est le 20 aout. Malheureusement je vien d'avoir un appelle du magasin pour me dire qu'il ne recevrons pas ma piece de mon regulateur avant Septembre(Je l'attend juste depuis fin-Mai !!). Je vais donc acheter un pilote automatique electrique+1 batterie, le temp que je Continue Reading
  • Suite - Bonjour, juste pour dire que hier ma mere et gilles mon fait le bon cadeau d'une ancre et pas mal de cordage. Ma liste de ce que jai besoin est maintenant presque reduit au minimum. -Un peu de vaisselle incassable -2 batteries decharge profonde -Un pilote automatique -La piece pour mon regulateur d'allure -Reinstaller mon Continue Reading
  • Nouvelle ! - Et bien bonjour ! Bien des choses ce sont passé depuis la dernière fois. Premièrement j'ai acheté un nouveau panneau solaire sur ebay de 35w, et un nouveau dinguy que mon père ma gentiment payé une grosse partie pour mon anniversaire. Jai aussi rencontre quelqu'un, une nouvelle copine, qui comment dire... a été le coup Continue Reading
  • Travaux - Et bien voila, jarrive de 3 jours sur mon nouveau bateau et j'ai presque fini les travaux que j'avais a faire sur la quille. Simon, qui sera mon equipier jusqua fin decembre, est venu aussi me donner un coup de main. En gros ca avance bien, peut-etre un autre 3 jours la-bas et il sera Continue Reading
  • Nouvelle ! - Bonjour, et bien voilà je travail comme un fou mettre de l'argent de coté (60h/semaine). J'ai eu aussi la mauvaise nouvelle que pour remettre mon régulateur d'allure en état(Navik) cela va me coutera prêt de 1000$. Disons que c'etait pas prévu dans le budget. Sinon je devrais retourner travailler sur mon bateau dans 2 semaines.
  • Weekend - Et bien, je vien juste d'arriver de 3 jours sur mon nouveau bateau. Tout c'est bien passé et un bon nettoyage a bien aidé a voir les priorités. Je n'est pas découvert trop de surprise, et je dois avouer que je tombe en amour de plus en plus en le regardant. J'oublais, sont nom d'origine Continue Reading
  • Sondage - Et bien après 2 ans a vous poser la même question dans le sondage, j'ai enfin décidé de la changer. Si vous avez des suggestions concernant autant le site que le voyage n'hésiter pas. Merci
  • Bonjour ! - Voila, après plusieur recherche j'ai finalement procédé a l'achat d'un bateau au lieu de faire une construction. Je suis maintement le nouveau propriétaire d'un contessa 26 (lien) 12 voiles presque neuve, moteur inboard refait a neuf besoin de quelque petits travaux ca et la mais rien de majeur. Je devrais pouvoir repartir pour les alentours Continue Reading