And Frances today:
specs in 1996
Chuck Paine quotes from 'The Best Boats to Build or Buy' by Ferenc Mate - more here.
"She was to embody everything I knew about the design of efficient cruising-vessels of fiberglass construction, to be capable of yearly cruises to and among the Caribbean Islands, to be small enough to fit my limited budget, but large enough to safely survive a gale at sea. She had to be as beautiful as her namesake, for some day I would part with her and I know well that beautiful yachts reward their owners' good taste with profit upon resale. Yet she is small enough for me to handle the little maintenance required, capable of being laid-up alongside a local lobsterman's wharf on an outgoing tide for periodic attention to the bottom, or even towed behind a good Maine Peapod if the engine and wind should choose to crap out simultaneously. Then there is always the dream of circumnavigation, and well, some year I might just find the time and have saved up the Panama Canal fee and a few cans of ravioli."
"The entry is quite sharp (25% half angle forward, which is sharp indeed for most racers have around 20 to 23). The keel extension is carried right up to the canoe body of the hull with a very tight fairing radius."
"I wanted to end up with a boat that could carry
her sail well (an essential conflict between cruising and racing yachts,
the stability being penalized in the latter for rating purposes). On the
other hand I wanted the desirable wave performance of a tender boat. That
is, one which is. an easy roller. There is only one solution to this seeming
conflict. I get the sail carrying ability from the moderately heavy displacement
(directly proportional to the riding moment). I achieve the easy motion
by shaping the hull sections with a high angle of deadrise and very easy
bilges, or more technically, designing the shape with a low meta-centre.
The result is a hull which is driven easily and has relatively less wetted
surface for her length than many yachts of her size range."
And Frances today: