Frances 26/Victoria 26

Apretty and traditional long-keeled double-ender, this

Chuck Paine design had a completely flush deck and

rudimentary accommodation at the start but quickly

grew a short doghouse which offered a maximum of

6ft headroom. She was introduced in 1980.lnternal

space is not her long suit, though the Victoria

Marine fit-out made the most ofil She had two

bunks forward (no forecabin), and two aft Under

sail she is delightful and easy on the helm with a

deceptive turn of speed, particularly off the

wind. Cutter and gaff rigs were optional.

Check the hull stiffening in the bilges. In

1983 a version with a longer coachroof and

better equipped interior was introduced

called the Victoria 26.

LOA 26ft (7.9m) LWL 21ft 3in (6.4m) beam 8ft2in (2.5m) draught 3ft lOin (1.1 m) displacement 6,800 Ib (3,091 kg)

Price guide: £20,000 – £30,000.