The Frances 26 is a most capable design, definitely a small cruiser with a wide horizon, originally designed by Chuck Paine for his own use as the smallest sailing yacht that would be safe for offshore cruising. Although well suited to serious passage making, their modest draft and easily handled sailplan also makes them ideal for exploring the shallow waters of the East Coast and beyond. Matty is a well-maintained cutter rigged version of this popular design presented for sale in very good overall condition. She also has a very impressive inventory including an upgraded 16hp Beta twin cylinder diesel engine, together with recent copper coat and nav equipment.
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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. Galley to port. Stainless steel sink with manually pumped water supply. Flexible water tank (new 2016) with 100L freshwater capacity. Two burner gimballed gas hob with grill. There is plenty of work surface in the galley with a removable work top and also the chart table. Quarter berth aft to port. Separate heads compartment to starboard with marine toilet and optional holding tank with pump under starboard bunk. Demountable hardwood table which seats four, with fiddle rail.
Located under the companionway, Beta twin cylinder 16hp diesel engine (new in 2007). Freshwater cooled via heat exchanger. Single lever electric start. Shaft drive (new shaft 2007 and cutless bearing 2011) to Darglow three bladed feathering propeller (new 2008). Stainless steel 45 litre fuel tank (new 2007) giving approximately 160 miles range at 5 knots cruising speed. Maximum speed under power 6 knots. Hour meter and rev counter.
The engine was last serviced in September 2017, has been lightly but regularly used since and is currently showing 313 hours running from new.
2 X 12 volt 85 ah batteries charging from alternator on the engine. Shore power lead. Electrical distribution panel. Full interior lighting.
Cutter rigged. Anodised aluminium mast and boom. Spinnaker pole. Small laminated pine bowsprit. Stainless steel standing rigging (new 2006). Polyester running rigging. Slab reefing mainsail with lazyjacks. Plastimo furling headsail system. Boomed staysail. 2 x Andersen 12 self tailing sheet winches. 2 x Lewmar halyard winches. Lewmar control line winch.
Frances 26 built by Victoria Marine in 1988 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. Teak laid cockpit seating and sole.
The hull was taken back to gelcoat, epoxied and then copper-coated in 2016.
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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.