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.