#1 2018-07-16 13:37:15

Registered: 2003-11-23
Posts: 133

Frances 34 Pilot House

Boats are always for sale and ALBERTINE is no exception, it is only the timing and price which is liable to fluctuation.  Jon and Lynda Spencer have owned ALBERTINE since 2002 when she was purchased from Barrie Marson, another member of the Class Association.  ALBERTINE has had just two owners from new and has featured in Practical Boat Owner shortly after her build (1998) and again in Yachting Monthly (2007).  In recent years ALBERTINE has been cruised extensively along the English South Coast and throughout The Channel Islands, Normandy, and Brittany from her mooring on the Hamble River.  This year, 2018, Jon and Lynda are cruising in Northern Spain where Albertine will be based and overwintered, ready for new adventures in 2019.  She was designed by Chuck Paine, moulded by Northshore, fitted out by Victoria Marine Ltd and first commissioned in 1997 to the standard UK specification.  Her Small Ships Registration Number is 71638.  ALBERTINE is a CE Category A craft.

Construction  GRP Hull with GRP balsa core sandwich and teak deck, teak cockpit coamings and toe rail; cherry interior.  Dual steering positions; autopilot in pilot house to quadrant, and tiller in cockpit.

Dimensions   LOA 11.25m (including bowsprit); LWL 8.64m; Beam 3.24m; Draft 1.47m; Displacement 6.8 tons (as weighed); Ballast 2.8 tons; Sail Area 52.77 sq m

Engine  Volvo D1-30 Engine, MS10 Gearbox, and high rise exhaust bend, propshaft, bearing and seal all new in 2011, 1100 engine hours.  Installed and fully Serviced by R K Marine Ltd, Swanwick.  New cutless bearing in 2018.

Sails and Rigging  Fully battened mainsail with Selden RCB car system and lazy-jacks. Furling yankee and staysail with UV guard (all new 8 oz Dacron cross-cut to Rolly Tasker Coastal specification in 2014) Single line reefing for two reefs with all running rigging led aft through rope clutches to cockpit. Cruising chute. Keel stepped single spreader mast with 8mm standing rigging and 10mm aft intermediate standing backstays to support inner forestay. All inspected on a regular cycle and replaced where and when necessary.

Exterior Fittings  Two Lewmar primary 44cst self-tailing and two 30cst secondary winches.  One 44cst is electric and serves main halyard and first reefing line.  Lifeline gates to port and starboard and dismountable boarding ladder.  Electric windlass and CQR Anchor with 50m chain.  Safety harness attachment U bolts and jack stays.  Tiller steering.  Autohelm ST6000 steering in wheelhouse and cockpit with TackTick WiFi system for wind, depth and speed.

Accommodation and Fixtures  Pilot House with settee berth to starboard; quarter berth to port, wet locker and extensive storage space outboard and under berths. Forward facing chart table to port, with VHF radio, radar, and instrumentation.  Lower saloon area with five- seater fiddled table to port which converts to double berth with infill fitted.  Galley to starboard with double sink, two burner Plastimo stove with oven and grill.  Refrigerated cool box and extensive stowage in cupboards and drawers.  Heads compartment with toilet, basin, and shower with stowage in lockers.  Hanging locker opposite to starboard.  Fore cabin with double V berth and conversion infill; vanity unit with drawers and extensive under berth storage, access to chain locker.  Stainless steel water (125 litres) and fuel (75 litres) under pilot house cabin sole; water heated with new 25 litre calorifier by engine or emersion heater; Eberspacher hot air system to pilot house and saloon; manual bilge pump in cockpit, gas storage in vented cockpit locker; 12 volt electrical system throughout with cabin and navigation lights and instrumentation. Four 105 amp batteries with split charger (one starter and three domestic).  Shore power to twin 13 amp sockets and calorifier.

Tender and Outboard  Avon 3.1m with hard RIB type hull and Mariner 3.3hp two stroke engine.  The tender stores between the mast and inner forestay, either inflated or packed away in its valise.

Further Comments  ALBERTINE was the 1997 London Boat Show exhibit and built to a very high standard and has been cruised by her two owners between the UK and Spain with complete confidence.  In May of 2018, after her winter refit, she has again been sailed south by Jon and Lynda.  By design she is slightly stiffer than the standard Victoria 34 and is set up for short-handed passage making and comfortable long-term cruising.  The increasing age of owners, Jon and Lynda, necessitates her sale, in the coming years.  ALBERTINE can be viewed at any reasonable time during her current cruise.  Full service history and all documentation available.

Price:  £55,000 

Contacts  e-mail: jon.fairwinds@btinternet.com


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