Hi, I recently test sailed and put a bid on a 1985 Frances 26. I'm fairly confident the seller and I will reach a deal and expect that to happen this week. Meanwhile I do have two questions based upon my experience with the boat:
1. The hoisted mainsail did not go all the way to the top of the mast, but rather a few feet lower. It was definitely all the way up and appeared to be the original Mainsail. Has anyone seen this before?
2. Our test sale took place in about 15 knots of wind with full main and I believe a 140% genoa flying. I was surprised to find quite a bit of weather helm while on both close and beam reaches with the sales trimmed properly. I should point out that while close-hauled the boat balanced perfectly so much so that I let go of the tiller and it held the compass course for about 15 minutes. But the weather helm threw me off. From everything I read this boat is supposed to be very well-balanced without much weather helm. If anyone could comment I'd appreciate it.
Thank you very much. Jason