1988, Frances 26, long keel classic, beautiful lines, great sailing qualities, needs some work to teak deck hence price, lovely interior with 4 berths, Eberspacher heating, shore power, spinnaker, storm jib, Yanmar diesel, dinghy and outboard.
Built in 1988. GRP construction with topsides and superstructure, red cove line and boot top, long keel with encapsulated lead ballast, self draining aft cockpit with tiller steering, teak laid decks and cockpit, Bermudan sloop rig and 4 berth internal layout in 2 cabins with around 6’ maximum standing headroom.
Designed by Chuck Paine and built by Victoria Marine. Sail number 262. Small Ships Registered UK.
LOA 26' 0" (7.9m)
Beam 8' 2" (2.5m)
LWL 23’3” (7.1m)
Draft 3' 11" (1.2m)
Headroom 6' 0" (1.83m)
Slab reefing mainsail with cover. Genoa roller reefing system with furling No 1 Genoa. All lines led aft to cockpit. Storm jib and Spinnaker. Proctor alloy mast and boom. Stainless steel standing rigging.
Yanmar 1GM10 single cylinder 9hp inboard diesel engine (1988) with raw water cooling. Alternator charging to 2 x 12v batteries (2012 and 2015). 12 gallon fuel tank. Shaft drive to 2 blade fixed propeller.
Stainless steel pushpit, pulpit and guardwires, part cockpit cover, boarding ladder, tiller, spinnaker pole, self tailing sheet winches, halyard winches, Avon inflatable dinghy, Suzuki 2.3hp outboard, Bruce main anchor with chain and warp, Fisherman kedge with chain and warp, mooring warps and 4 fenders.
Plastimo Compass, Raymarine Bi Data echo sounder and log, Icom VHF radio, AM/FM radio, windvane at masthead, Global GP56 GPS, radar reflector, navigation lights, steaming light, tricolour masthead light and anchor light.
Jackstay lifelines on side decks, horseshoe lifebuoy, fire extinguisher, rope cutter on propeller, manual bilge pump.
Eberspacher hot air diesel heating system. 240v ringmain and battery charger. Galley with gas cooker, sink, pots, pans cutlery and crockery, pressure water supply. Separate heads compartment with marine toilet. Beige fabric upholstery.
4 berths in open plan layout with separate heads, galley and lowering chart table. Removable saloon table
Wonderful seagoing design by Chuck Paine, ideal for short handed cruising. "Whim" was purchased by her current owners 25 years ago, they are the second owners from new. Her hull below the waterline has been epoxy coated after lightly sand blasting to remove antifoul, she has teak decks and a comfortable interior.
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Maldon, Essex CM9 8SE