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Frances 26

As a double-ended coastal cruiser, Frances 26 was made for fast, simple sailing. Chuck Paine, her designer, created the first version of the Frances 26 for his own personal use. His idea was to reduce the size of a standard double-ender in order to eliminate the demands of sailing a bigger boat. Because she was built small, the Frances 26 offers safety and comfort at sea, a heavy displacement, and sufficient ballast without the issues of crew requirement, upkeep costs, and cruising ground restrictions. Classically styled all-wood interior painted white with teak trim does offer yards of sitting room. The beautiful Frances 26 is the very definition quality and economy in a modern yacht.

Year Crafted: 1974
Number Built: 42
No longer in production

Frances 26 Overview

  • Length Overall 26′
  • Length at Design Waterline 21′3″
  • Beam, Maximum 8’2″
  • Draft 3′10″
  • Displacement: 6,822 lbs.
  • Sail Area: 327 Square Feet
  • Ballast (lead) 51.5

Frances 26 Outboard Profile

Deck Plan

Frances 26 Inboard Profile

Deck Plan