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Victoria 26

Brief details

 

Builder

Victoria Marine, Warsash, Southampton

Essentially a Frances 26 hull with a larger coachroof, and hence better accommodation, the Victoria 26 is a Chuck Paine classic, moulded by Northshore to Lloyds spec, and fitted out by Victoria Marine to a very high standard. These were expensive 26-footers when new, and hence now command surprisingly high prices for a boat of relatively small size. Also, Victoria Marine offered semi-custom build, so interior layouts may vary from the example illustrated here

LOA

26' 0"

Sail area

340 sq ft

LWL

23' 3"

Rig

sloop

Beam

8' 2"

Cabins

2

Draught

3' 10"

Berths

4

Displacement

6,800 lbs

Engine

Yanmar inboard diesel

Ballast

3,500 lbs

BHP

9

Keel type

Long fin keel with encapsulated lead ballast and sternpost-hung rudder

Chuck Paine, her designer, created the Frances 26 for his own personal use - as a simple yet seaworthy double-ended cruiser that would be cheap and simple to run. The original Frances 26 had a very small low-profile coachroof, though some later boats had a larger coachroof. In the UK, Victoria Marine took the Frances hull form, and added their own coachroof, deck layout and interior.

A chunky long-keeled double-ender, the Victoria 26 is a beautifully fitted out little cruiser with an impeccable pedigree. Small enough to be cheap to moor and easy to handle, yet tough enough for long-distance passagemaking, the Victoria 26 and the smaller-coachroofed sister, the Frances 26, are now well established as design classics. Unlike more traditional long-keelers with a 'wineglass' hullform, there is a clearly defined transition between hull body and keel.

The larger Victoria 30 is very much in a similar style.

 

The accommodation is simple, but very nicely finished, with four berths, separate heads, and a galley. Saloon headroom is just under six feet.

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A chart table folds down from the starboard hull side lockers, and there is a deep quarterberth on the starboard side

 

Victoria 26

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Victoria 26

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