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Heard 35 gaff cutter

Brief details


Gaffers & Luggers, Mylor Bridge, Falmouth

Heard 35s are a modern derivation of a traditional Falmouth Quay Punt, a type noted for seaworthiness. With more ballast in the deep keel than most modern 35-footers weigh in total, they are an immensely solid and powerful yacht - and surprisingly fast.


35' 0" on deck, 48' including bowsprit and rudder

Sail area

990 sq ft with main, jib, staysail and topsail (pole mast cutter version)


33' 0"


gaff cutter


11' 0"


Usually forecabin and saloon


6' 4"


4 to 6, depending on layout


28,000 lbs


usually a Beta diesel


15,680 lbs


40 - 45

Keel type

Long keel, encapsulated lead ballast

Falmouth Quay Punts were well-established by around 1870 as working sailing boats that ferried stores, gear and even ballast to and from the square-riggers that used the Port of Falmouth. To compete for custom from the ships' captains, they used to sail out to sea to meet ships, and they were also regularly raced by their owners, alongside others built purely as yachts, in local regattas for which there were substantial sums as cash prizes. Most working punts were yawl rigged, with removable topmasts allowing a lower mainmast to let the punts lie alongside square-riggers without the masts fouling the ship's yards.


Many of the original working boats ended up being converted to yachts, as steam took over from commercial sail. One of these working boats, the 28 foot 'Curlew' built in 1898, has taken her owners, the Carrs, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and almost everywhere in between, all without an engine. many more Quay Punts have also made notable blue water passages.

The 'Heard 35' is built to order on GRP hulls, the lines of which were taken from original drawings, by the late Martin Heard's Gaffers & Luggers yard at Tregatreath, Falmouth. At 35 foot on deck, Heard 35s are big for Punts. Most now also have taller rigs with pole masts, allowing a topsail to be set on a wire stay rather than having to hoist a heavy spar, although some have been built with removable topmasts, and a couple with the traditional punt yawl rig. Being custom-built, various deck, cockpit and coachroof layouts have been built, along with various interior layouts.

Heard 35 under sail

Photos of various boats: the fitouts vary, including deck and cockpit layouts and rig.

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Heard 35 gaff cutter

Two different Heard 35s under topsail,
in Falmouth and in the Mediterranean

The bowsprits can be lifted if required to reduce overall length in marinas. The outer jib is normally fitted with a furling gear: most but not all owners also fit roller reefing for the staysail

Heard 35 gaff cutter
Heard 35 gaff cutter

Aft of the cockpit is a very large stern locker. The tiller runs under the mainsheet horse, with a pin-rail to leave the helm set. The owners report that she steers herself whenever the wind is forward of the beam

Most are fitted with Beta Marine diesels. Engine access is available under the cockpit sole, and from the saloon

Heard 35 gaff cutter
Heard 35 gaff cutter

Heard 35 gaff cutter

Below: A totally flush-decked version

Removable topmast at left, pole mast at right.

The working load-carrying heritage of the Falmouth Quay Punts can be seen in the full bow sections which for a yacht makes for a spacious interior and the ability to carry gear and stores for long passages.

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