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Victoria Frances 26 for sale in Swale Marina, Kent United Kingdom


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Swale Marina, Kent United Kingdom




25.98 ft.






Make & Model

Victoria Frances 26

Boat type



25.98 ft.

Fuel Type



Swale Marina, Kent United Kingdom

Tax status




8.01 ft.


Remarks :
Frances 26 for sale in Kent
The Frances 26 originally designed by Chuck Paine for his own use as the smallest sailing yacht that would be safe for offshore cruising has very pretty lines. We understand that this is one of the last Frances 26 built. She is well equipped and also had a new engine fitted in 2003. She has had a number of upgrades over the years. The Frances 26 makes a great alternative to the Contessa 26, Cornish Crabber or the Norfolk Gypsy. An early viewing is recommended.
Accommodation :

The Frances 26 offers four berths in an open plan cabin. The open plan cabin consists of a large V-berth forward with an infill to make into a double. There is storage under the berth and an opening hatch to the foredeck. A 12v Waeco CF18 Fridge/freezer is secured under the berth.

Aft of the V-berth is a small settee to port with a fold-down chart table and display of navigation instruments. There is a full length settee berth to starboard. The yacht has burgundy velour upholstery with blue curtains.  There is a radio/CD Player. 

The linear galley to port is equipped with a Nelson stainless steel 2 -burner gas cooker with oven and grill, stainless steel sink with manually pumped cold water (the cold water tank was new in 2016), a cutting board sink cover and storage cupboards. Aft and to port is a quarter berth with a separate heads compartment to starboard fitted with a Par marine toilet. Eberspaecher Airtronic D2 diesel fired heating system new 2008. The yacht has teak cabinetry with teak and holly sole broads. 

Steps lead up to the large cockpit which has good locker space. 

Inventory :
Deck Equipment:
  • Anchor - 20LB with 9oft of chain new 2016
  • Manual anchor windlass
  • Stainless steel pulpit, pushpit, stanchions and guard wires
  • Mainsail and staysail covers
  • Boarding ladder
  • 4 x Fenders
  • 4 x Warps
  • Tiller cover
  • All over winter cover
  • Plastimo steering compass
  • ICOM M505 DSC VHF radio (new 2007)
  • Hand held VHF radio
  • Autohelm ST50 echo sounder
  • Autohelm ST50 speed/log
  • Autohelm ST50 wind instrument
  • Autohelm 4000 autopilot
  • NASA AIS system (new 2004)
  • Furuno NX300 Navtex (new 2007)
  • Deck level and masthead navigation lights
  • Clock and barometer
  • Various paper charts
Safety Systems:
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Fire blanket
  • Deck flood light
  • Radar reflector, mast mounted
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Seago 4 man life raft, 2016, serviced 2020
Traditional full keel with tiller steering 

History & Construction:

This Frances 26 was built by Victoria Marine in 1993 to a design by Chuck Paine and first launched in 1994. She has cream GRP hull with green style stripes, superstructure and decks with Treadmaster non-slip surfaces. Hull was epoxied in 2016. Long keel with lead ballast. Tiller steering to keel hung rudder. Aft self draining cockpit with teak grating. Teak capping and hand rails. New Lewmar forehatch in 2022.

Last surveyed in 2015 when vendor purchased. This is yacht has only had two owners from new. Her current owner is retiring from sailing.

Mechanical :
Sails and Spars:

This Frances 26 is sloop rigged with an anodised aluminium mast and boom. It has a small Iroko bowsprit new 2015. The stainless steel standing rigging is original 1993. Terylene running rigging has been replaced as required. Slab reefing mainsail. Furlex headsail furling system. Boomed staysail.


  • 2 x Lewmar 16 self-tailing sheet winches
  • 2 x Lewmar 8 halyard winches
  • 1 x Lewmar 8 control line winch


  • Mainsail - Wilkinson Sails 2017, Excellent condition
  • Furling Yankee - Wilkinson Sails 2016, Excellent condition
  • Staysail, Diamond Sails 1993, Fair condition
Mechanical Systems:
Located under the companionway steps is a Yanmar 1GM10 2.6DL single cylinder 9HP marine diesel engine new 2003, seawater cooled. Single lever controls with electric start. Shaft driver to a 3 bladed fixed propeller with a stripper rope cutter. 45L stainless steel fuel tank giving an approximate range of 150 miles at 5 knots cruising speed. Maximum speed of 6 knots.  Engine last serviced November 2022.Engine hours 1932 as at June 2023.New exhaust collar fitted in 2019..
Electrical Systems:
2 x 12V Batteries (130AH and 45AH both new in 2022) charged via engine alternator and battery charger via a 240V shore power system. Victron Phoenix 30AH battery charger new 2010 and galvanic isolator. 


Engine Count


Engine Horse Power




Hull Material





Keel Type

Long keel


The Victoria Frances 26 is a 26 feet long that boasts a 8 feet beam. This 1993 diesel Victoria Frances 26, with 9 horsepower. The Victoria Frances 26 is made of grp.