Lovely 26ft double-ender, based on the famous Frances 26 but WITH 6ft STANDING HEADROOM, designed by Chuck Paine and built in the UK by Victoria Yachts. The Victoria 26 / Frances 26 is known for its outstanding seagoing abilities, both as a pocket family cruising yacht and as a long-distance short-handed ocean sailer.
Ronja has a cosy wooden interior, with four bunks, saloon with cleverly hinged table, enclosed heads, galley, chart table, wet locker/storage area. Other features include an efficient hot water system, large cool locker, FM radio with fitted speakers, fitted GPS/sat nav, depth sounder, log, VHF radio, fitted stainless steel swimming ladder
An ingenious, mast-lowering system with gin pole and worm gear winch, means the mast can be raised and lowered with remarkable ease – ideal for anyone contemplating going down the French canals.
She also has a serious combi (ie two-part) trailer, with a 'fifth wheel' attachment. The previous owner towed the boat extensively, to France, Ireland and Scotland, behind a Land Rover. If the road trailer isn't required, the launch trailer can be used on its own to move the boat around a yard or in storage.
The sail wardrobe includes the original hanked-on mainsail which only has 8 years wear, as it was replaced in 1998 with an in-mast furling mainsail. The current owner removed the in-mast furling, which he felt was too heavy for the boat, and refitted the original mainsail, which sets much better. The in-mast furling system, including mainsail and full-length vertical battens, is still available if a subsequent owner wants to refit it. Other sails include the roller-furling genoa (age unknown) and a ghoster jib (age unknown). Spinnaker pole.
The boat doesn't currently have a functioning cooker, as the Wallas diesel hob/heater fitted in the galley is not working and parts are no longer available. A replacement was recently advertised on Gumtree for £400, while a gas cooker costs around £250 (plus fitting, gas bottle etc). We use a freestanding camping gas cooker (as shown below).
|Location:||Dartmouth Devon UK [ Map ]|
|Vessel type:||Bermudan sloop|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||Beta, fitted c2000|
|Drive type:||Shaft drive|
|Length over all:||26'|
|Length at waterline:||23' 3"|
|Maximum draft:||3' 10"|
|Hull material:||Glass Fibre|
|Hull colour:||White, light blue strip|
|Keel type:||Full Keel|
The 20hp Beta is an upgrade fitted by previous owner in 2000, with low hours. It's a good sized engine which runs very smoothly.
Saloon with hinged table which folds up against the bulkhead. Full length berths each side, with foot of starboard berth running under the chart table. Chart table to starboard, with hanging well/storage space aft, next to companionway. Galley to port, with cool box (actually a fridge, but we use it as a cool box). Double stainless steel sink, with hot & cold water. Good locker & storage space. Wallas diesel hob/heater not currently working. Enclosed heads to port, with sink and water tap. Focs'le forward with full length bunks and domestic-quality sprung mattresses. (More interior pics to come.)
Radar reflector, FM radio with fitted speakers, CQR anchor & ample chain, Danforth anchor with chain, boathook, good selection of mooring lines, fenders, fitted stainless steel six-step swimming ladder. Also, amazingly, Ronja comes with an (optional) combi-trailer. It consists of a road trailer fitted with a 'fifth wheel' hitch, and a launch trolley, which is used to roll the boat off the road trailer into the water. This set up was used extensively by the previous owner, last MOT June 2011. Alternatively, the launch trolley can be used on its own, or the road trailer can be used on its own too by simply refitting the support struts. If the trailer is not required by the next owner, the trailer will be sold on its own. Ronja also has an excellent mast lowering/raising system, shown in the second two pictures.
The sail wardrobe includes the original hanked-on mainsail which only has 8 years wear, as it was replaced in 1998 with an in-mast furling mainsail. The current owner removed the in-mast furling, which he felt was too heavy for the boat, and refitted the original mainsail, which sets much better. The in-mast furling system, including mainsail and full-length vertical battens, is still available if a subsequent wants to refit it. Other sails include the roller-furljng genoa (age unknown) and a ghoster jib (age unknown). Spinnaker pole. (The photos show the old in-mast furling system fitted in 1998 and removed by the current owner in 2019.)
Fitted GPS/sat nav, depth sounder, log, VHF radio, autopilot.