These Frances 26s don’t come up for sale very often, and this one, Osprey has been impeccably maintained by three previous owners. Inspired by the sweet curving lines from the east coast fishing boats of Scotland, the Frances 26 is an early Chuck Paine design for his own use. Optimized for fast and simple sailing, the resulting boat is a peculiar mix of daysailer and offshore cruiser. Since her introduction in 1974, over 200 have been built on both sides of the Atlantic and at least one has circumnavigated.
On the Frances 26, Chuck Paine commented, “I wanted a boat that embodied everything I knew about the design of efficient cruising vessels of GRP construction. She had to be capable of yearly cruises to and among the Caribbean islands, small enough to fit my limited budget, but large enough to survive a gale at sea.”
Osprey is a Victoria-built Frances 26, which is almost identical to the Morris Frances 26 but with added interior volume due to a cabin that reaches further forward.
The interior is laid out with a v-berth forward, a head aft of the v-berth to starboard and a large standing head room main saloon with a full length settee to port and a shorter settee to starboard aft of the head. The galley is located to aft to port at the base of the companionway and a comfortable quarterberth is opposite to port.
The Frances is a proven pocket cruise that is very well balanced and easy to sail in anything from light winds to a heavy breeze with all halyards, sheets and reef lines led back to the cockpit. This Victoria was imported by Morris Yachts and sold in 1987 to her first owners. Upgraded with a new Yanmar engine in 2006, and new cutlass bearings, PYI shaft seal, shaft, and prop in 2013. Her current owner has continued to improve her with upgrades to the electrical system, new interior varnish, upgraded deck hardware and more.
She’s a beauty. Find her here at Morris Yachts.