Mark Cameron Yachts

Frances 26


A modern classic that will turn heads



Lying: Argyll, United Kingdom

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelFrances 26
DesignerChuck Paine
Sale StatusAvailable
LyingArgyll, United Kingdom


Hull ConstructionGRP hull with encapsulated keel
Keel TypeFull keel


EngineYanmar 2YM15 marine diesel engine. Professionally installed 2013. 14hp @ 3600rpm 2 cylinder, naturally aspirated, indirectly cooled. Mechanical reversing marine gearbox
Engine Hours425
Fuel Capacity60l


Drinking Water Capacity35l


The Frances 26 BLUE ILEX is one of the last boats to be built by Victoria Yachts in Warsash; the 1994 London Earls Court Boat show exhibition boat for the company, she also featured in the PBO review of that same year. A cutter rigger version of the Frances 26 design she is set up for comfortable cruising with all lines lead aft to the cockpit with the exception of the foresail halyards. Below decks she features the later layout with four adult sized berths, childs berth, linear galley and heads compartment aft.
A much loved example of the Frances 26 her inventory includes highlights such as:

Hull polished and antifouled ready for launching 2021

Yanmar 2YM15 marine diesel engine, installed new 2013, less than 500 hours run
Sterngeard overhaul in 2013
Simrad autopilot
Tack Tick wind instrument (2011)
Autohelm ST50 Depth and Log instruments
Icom IC-M411 DSC VHF (2008)
Lowrance HDS M5 plotter
Saturn Sails Mainsail, fitted new in 2018
Saturn Sails Yankee, new in 2020, not used to date
Seago inflatable dinghy

We have a large number of additional photos available upon request. BLUE ILEX is offered for sale lying ashore and ready for her new owners to commission and launch for the summer afloat.


Hull Construction:

GRP moulded hull with integral moulded long keel.
GRP moulded structural members internally.
Plywood bulkheads laminated to hull and deck
Topsides finished in original blue gelcoat
Underwater hull finished in red antifouling
Hull polished spring 2021
Deck & Superstructure Construction:
GRP moulded deck with integrated superstructure, stepped self-draining foredeck and self-draining cockpit
Sandwich construction with balsa core.
Moulding finished in cream gelcoat
Moulded non-slip texture panel to finish side decks and coachroof top.
Teak capping rail
Teak cockpit coamings
Keel & Rudder:
Moulded GRP long keel
Encapsulated lead ballast
Full depth keel hung rudder with appeture for prop.


Engine & gearbox:

Yanmar 2YM15 marine diesel engine.
Professionally installed 2013.
14hp @ 3600rpm
2 cylinder, naturally aspirated, indirectly cooled.
Mechanical reversing marine gearbox
Single lever morse control
Additional Tiny Tach rev counter for helmsman
Basic cruising spares aboard.
Maintenance & Performance:
Engine winterised 2019 – boat not launched 2020.
Engine running hours approximately 425
Fitted new high rise injection elbow 2021.
Engine de-winterised and prepared for launching 2021
Cockpit drain fittings and hoses replaced 2016
Cruising speed 4.5kts
Propulsion & Steering:
Stainless steel prop shaft
PSS shaft seal, bellows replaced 2013
Cutless bearing replace 2007
3 blade, bronze, fixed prop (2013)
Simrad TP10 tiller pilot


Voltage systems:

12VDC onboard power supply
Battery Banks:
Engine Battery – 12VDC, 85Ah, AGM
Domestic Battery – 12VDC
Battery switch allows bridging of banks.
Single engine driven alternator
12VDC, 125amp output
Voltage sensitive relay (VSR) to control charge
Battery Monitor:
12VDC Auxiliary socket


Fresh Water:

Electrically pumped cold water only system
Single faucet in galley
Bilge Pumps:
Manual Henderson Mk 5 bilge pump – x2. One in cockpit and one in saloon.
Automatic bilge pump
Gas System:
Sealed self draining gas bottle locker
907 Camping Gaz bottle
Flexible hoses and regulator replaced in 2018



Single stainless steel diesel tank
Approximate capacity 60ltrs
Additional 10ltr plastic can
Fresh Water:
Single fresh water tank.
TekTanks plastic tank
Approximate capacity 35ltrs
One additional carry can, 10ltrs


On Deck:

Depth – Autohelm ST50
Log – Autohelm ST50
Wind – Tack Tick (2011)
Plotter -Lowrance HDS M5 with Navionics UK Cartography
Magnetic Compass
Communications Equipment:
DSC VHF – Icom IC-M411 (2008)
Vitronix Hawk masthead antenna
Emergency VHF antenna



Galley Stove – Primus gas cooker, 2 burner and grill. Gimbal mounted. (2008)
Coolbox – 15ltr capacity
Stainless steel galley sink with mixer tap
RM69 manual marine toilet. New pump fitted 2019
Heads outlet hose replaced 2017
Overhead lighting throughout accommodation, all LED bulbs
Reading lights in way of bunks.


Summary of Accommodation:

4 adult sized berths
Small childs berth
Heads compartment
Accommodation Finish:
Joinery units and bulkheads of white formica veneered plywood with varnished teak trims.
Hull lining of hardwood slats finished in varnish
Head lining of white formica veneered ply panels with varnished teak trims
Sole boards of traditional teak and holly veneered plywood.
Description of Accommodation from Forward:
Two single v-berths forward of mast step with infill section to create large double berth.
Access to anchor chain locker at forward end of bunk
Bench settee running aft on starboard side, converting to single berth with lee cloth.
Lockers outboard of settee to starboard.
Short bench settee on port side, converting to short childs berth, with lee cloth.
Fold out chart table to port, dropping down over settee. Chart storage within table.
Removable saloon table mounted on Lagun swivelling mount, table can also be used in the cockpit.
Galley aft to port, linear galley.
Drop-in, removable worktop extension forward, stainless steel sink centrally, gimbal mounted gas cooker aft.
Storage lockers outboard and below galley unit.
Quarter berth running aft of galley on port side.
Heads compartment aft to starboard with forward facing manual marine toilet.
Wet locker aft of heads.



Keel stepped, masthead rigged cutter.
Silver anodised alloy mast and spars.
Mast plug inside mast spar replaced with Selden supplied self levelling compound 2019
Timber bow sprit with bobstay.
Standing rigging of stainless steel, replaced at various points: Forestay 2015, Cutterstay 2014, Fwd lowers 2014, Cap shrouds 2012, Aft lowers 2014, Backstay 2013
Checkstays for use with staysail
Furlex roller reefing system on forestay for Yankee
Staysail hanking onto inner forestay
Slab-reefing mainsail with lines lead aft to cockpit winches
Lazyjacks for mainsail
Hoistable radar reflector
Primary Winches – 2x Lewmar 16, two-speed, self-tailing.
Cockpit Halyard/Reefing Winches – 1x Lewmar 6, single speed. 1x Lewmar 7, single speed.
Mast Mounted Winches – 2x Lewmar 6, single speed.
Mainsail – White Dacron, partially battened, slab reefing. Saturn Sails 2018
Yankee – White Dacron, roller reefing, burgundy UV Strip. Saturn Sails 2020 (not used to date)
Staysail – White Dacron, hank-on, burgundy UV Strip. Arun Sails 1994
Canvas Work:
Mainsail Cover – Stackpack style cover with mast boot and lazyjacks. Saturn Sails
Sprayhood – Burgundy with windows forward. (2010)
Cockpit tent – Zips onto sprayhood.
Halyard bags
Anchoring & Mooring:
Bower anchor – 20kg CQR plough anchor on 60m chain (30m, 8mm)/warp (30m 12mm multiplait) rode
Kedge anchor – 22lb Bruce anchor on chain/warp rode
Manual Anchor Windlass – Simpson Lawrence low profile style windlass
Mooring warps – Selection
Fenders – Selection of approximately 6
Telescopic boat hook
Seago T230RT inflatable dinghy
Double stainless steel bow roller
Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit rails
Deck mounted alloy stanchions supporting double tier guardwires
Low profile manual anchor windlass on foredeck
Deck mounted alloy mooring cleats forward, midships and aft
Samson post on foredeck.
Bronze framed portholes on forward end of superstructure.
Lewmar opening portlights on port and starboard sides of superstructure
Teak grab rails running along outboard edges of superstructure
Teak cockpit coamings
Primary winches mounted on stainless steel mountings outboard of coamings
Halyard and reefing winches with jammers on port and starboard sides of companionway
Cockpit locker beneath starboard cockpit seating
Gas storage locker under aft cockpit seat
Moveable boarding ladder

General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.
Navigation Lights:
Masthead tri-colour – LED
Steaming light
Deck flood light
Low level bow and stern lights
Life saving:
Sowester Crew-link MOB system
Webbing jackstays
Horseshoe buoy with light
Emergency rope boarding ladder
Stainless steel U-bolts for harnesses in cockpit
Gas detector
Fire blanket

In this case we are acting as brokers only.
The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation , the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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