Remarks : This Frances 26 is a beautifully fitted out little cruiser with an impeccable pedigree, yet tough enough for long-distance passage making, now well-established as a design classic. This Frances 26 is presented in excellent condition, with a 2022 survey report available on request, viewing highly recommended.
Accommodation : The accommodation offers four berths in an open plan cabin. Large V berth forward with infill and stowage under. Opening hatch to foredeck. Small settee to port with fold-down chart table over. Full length settee berth to starboard upholstery finished in denim colour marine grade fabric. LED soft white/red lighting x 5. Galley to port. Stainless steel sink with manually pumped water supply, with 100L freshwater capacity. Two burner Aqua Neptune gimballed gas hob with grill. There is plenty of work surface in the galley with a removable work top and the chart table. Quarter berth aft to port. Separate heads compartment to starboard with marine toilet. Heated throughout via an Eberspacher D2.
VHF Radio (ICOM DSC)
GPS Chartplotter (Garmin 720)
AIS Transponder Garmin 800)
Autopilot (Autohelm Raymarine ST2000)
Self steering (Wind Pilot Pacific Light)
2 x Jackstays
3 x Cockpit harness points
2 x Bilge pumps (manual & electric)
First aid kit
History and Construction
Frances 26 built by Victoria Marine in 1992 to a design by Chuck Paine. White GRP hull with style stripes, superstructure, and decks with moulded non-slip surfaces. Long keel with lead ballast. Tiller steering to keel hung rudder. Aft self-draining cockpit.
Sails and Spars
Cutter rigged. Anodised aluminium keel stepped mast and boom by Kemp. Stainless steel standing rigging 2021, slab reefing mainsail with stackpack, furling headsail.
2 x Sheet winches (Lewmar 16 self-tailing)
3 x Halyard winches (Lewmar 6)
Sails 1 x Mainsail (Dacron very good condition, valeted 2019)
1 x Yankee (Dacron very good condition, valeted 2019)
1 x Staysail (Dacron very good condition, valeted 2019)
Located under the companionway a Yanmar 1GM10 single cylinder 9hp diesel engine (with 742 hours with the current owner, last serviced 2021), direct cooling Single lever electric start. Shaft drive (new cutlass bearing 2013) to a three bladed fixed propeller. Stainless steel 30 litre fuel tank. Last out of water maintenance 2022.
2 x 12-volt 80Ah batteries (2021) charging from the engine alternator, NASA battery monitor.