#1 2018-11-23 23:12:00

Registered: 2011-02-24
Posts: 363

NOW SOLD: Frances 26 Sloop - Grace Darling

Frances 26 Sloop – Grace Darling

For further information please contact Charles Savage at  fcsavage29@gmail.com


Manufacturer:     Victoria Yachts Ltd        Condition:        Very good   
Model:               Frances 26                   Year Built:        1990
Length:             26ft (7.9m)                   Propulsion:        Inboard
Beam:              8ft 2in (2.5m)                 Propeller:        3-blade
Draft                3ft 10in (1.2m)               Steering:           Tiller steering
Ballast:             3500 lb                          Engine:             Beta 16 (new 2017)
Displacement:    6800 lb                          Fuel Type:        Diesel
Category:        Long Keel                         Fuel Capacity:     36 litres
Sail Area:         327 sq ft                         Propulsion:        Inboard

General Description
Grace Darling is a beautiful long keel sloop, built by Victoria Marine in 1990 to unusually high specification including a full teak interior.  She has been very well maintained and extensively upgraded by her current owner to make her safe and reliable, including a new engine, new mainsail and a recently copper coated hull.  She is currently lying afloat at Gosport Premier Marina but will be brought ashore in December 2018 for the winter.  Free mooring is available until April 2019.
A full marine survey was undertaken in 2016 and is available to view. 

Recent improvements include:
•    New cockpit teak replacement by Dek King of mcp marine (2016)
•    Beta 16 engine (installed 2017)
•    Copper coated hull (new 2017)
•    Crusader Mainsail, fully battoned (new 2017)
•    Mainsail Barton block (replaced 2018)
•    Standing rigging, halyards and topping lifts (fully replaced 2018)
•    Shore power RDC (replaced 2017)
•    Electric bilge pump (installed 2018)
•    LED tri colour navigation light & LED deck light (new 2018)

•    Open layout with separate heads and hanging locker
•    Four berths, two singles in forepeak with infill to make a double. Starboard side single berth in saloon area with substantial lee cloth (excellent sea berth) and a secure single quarter berth
•    Navigation area with fold down chart table with internal chart stowage
•    Port side saloon settee provides navigator’s seat
•    Galley area with gimballed, stainless steel gas stove, 2 burners, oven and grill
•    Sink with manual foot pump for fresh water
•    Insulated cool box
•    Ample galley cupboard space above and below
•    Demountable teak saloon table, seats 4, solar ventilator
•    Heads with Jabsco marine toilet, mirror and fixed ventilator
•    Good handholds throughout
•    Generous lockers and under berth stowage

•    Beta 16 (new 2017) 52 hours
•    Halyard Aqua Drive coupling
•    Volvo dripless seal and stainless-steel drive shaft (replaced 2017)
•    Cutlass bearing and housing replaced 2017, rudder gudgeons (re-bushed 2011)
•    Fixed 3 blade propeller (rudder cut-out reduced to V800 design)

Sails and Rigging
•    Crusader Mainsail, full battened (new 2017)
•    Spray hood (refurbished 2017)
•    Standing and Running rigging (replaced 2018)
•    Harken headsail furling
•    Kemp Super cruise Genoa (replaced 2013)
•    Kemp Packaway with lazy jacks (replaced 2013)
•    Storm jib and trysail, probably unused
•    Inner forestay with tensioner (new 2018)
•    Telescopic genoa pole

•    Charged from engine alternator via pro-sport battery charger (new 2017)
•    Two 86 Ah batteries (replaced 2013)
•    Twin 240 volt socket with Murco shore power, socket in cockpit (new 2017)
•    Mucro shore cable, separate from 12v system (new 2017)

•    2 Anderson self tailing genoa winches
•    3 Lemar winches at mast (halyards and reefing)
•    Manual Anchorman windlass

Deck Equipment
•    Bow, stern and midships fairleads and cleats
•    Double bow roller
•    Anchor with approx 30m chain
•    Fortress kedge anchor with stainless steel chain and nylon warp (approx 30m), new
•    Fenders and mooring lines

•    100 litre flexible water tank (new 2014) with charcoal water filter
•    50 litre stainless steel diesel tank
•    Gas cylinder (2.75 kg) in drained compartment in lazarette

Navigation equipment
•    Bulkhead compass
•    Phillips MK9 GPS-D
•    Stowe Dataline speed/depth
•    Stowe Dataline wind speed/direction
•    Stowe Waypoint +
•    Wiring & bracket for Garmin Echochirp 55 GPS chart plotter
•    Raymarine RC400 Chartplotter
•    Autohelm ST2000 autopilot
•    Icom IC-M56 VHF

Safety Equipment
•    Telescopic stainless-steel boarding ladder (fixed on starboard quarter)
•    Throwing strop
•    Mast mounted radar reflector
•    Foghorn
•    2 manual bilge pumps (cockpit and cabin operated)
•    1 electric bilge pump (new 2018)
•    2 fire extinguishers and fire blanket
•    Jackstays (new 2018)
•    Safety harness attachments in cockpit
•    Ball and cone daymarks

•    Continuous documentation from original invoice onwards
•    Instructions/manuals for equipment/instruments etc.


Further Pictures


#2 2018-11-28 14:55:29

Registered: 2017-08-10
Posts: 49

Re: NOW SOLD: Frances 26 Sloop - Grace Darling

What a beautiful Frances 26.


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