Thursday, October 22, 2015

Victoria Frances 28 Cruising Yacht

In 1973 Chuck Paine designed and had built for himself a 28’ double-ender. in his own words, ‘She was to embody everything I knew about the design of efficient cruising vessels of GRP construction, to be capable of yearly cruises to and among the Caribbean Islands, to be small enough to fit my limited budget yet large enough to survive a gale at sea. She is small enough for me to handle the little maintenance required with GRP construction, capable of being laid up alongside a local lobsterman's wharf on an outgoing tide for periodic attention to the bottom.’

Since then he has designed many yachts* and he has received worldwide acclaim** for his work.

*Sailboat Designs of C. W. (Chuck) Paine:


 A Short History of the 26’ Frances

Jester Challenge to the Azores with a Frances 26 by Jonathan Hopper

Victoria 26 Archives at Yachts Net

Frances 26 Details

Frances 26 Drawings

Frances 26 with a trunk cabin

C. W. Paine Yacht Design inc

Frances 26 Details at Sailboat Data

Victoria Frances 26 Gaff Cutter for Sale £24,000

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