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Heard 25 gaff cutter
This is one of the rarer Heard Falmouth Working Boat types, the 25. Designed by Percy Dalton, she is simply but very nicely fitted out in teak, with laid teak decks. She is in her original ownership, and since launch has only been sailed for 4-5 months each year, the remainder of the time being stored ashore under cover inside the owner's barn.
This is a beautifully built and fitted out example of the type, and is set up for daysailing, classic racing and cruising for a crew of two. Although there are four berths and the cockpit can seat six, she would be very cramped if four were to sleep on board. She is for sale now, somewhat reluctantly, as the owner feels age is creeping up on him.
In 1965 Terry Heard founded Gaffers and Luggers on Mylor Creek near Falmouth. Since then Terry and his son Martin have built hundreds of traditional GRP hulled sailing boats, mostly of the well-known Falmouth Working Boat type. When Martin Heard died in 2009 his son Sam Heard has continued the business on a smaller scale and continued the family tradition, building new boats and running the boatyard for lay-ups and refits.
Whilst the more common Heard 28 Working Boat was built on moulds taken from an old wooden original, the 25 was designed as a yacht on Working Boat lines by Percy Dalton (1906–1982), who was a noted artist and yacht designer who spent most of his working life in Falmouth. Like all the Heard Working Boat types, she has a heavily laid up solid GRP hull, with encapsulated internal ballast, and deck and superstructure in timber. All these Heards are fairly heavy displacement, with a substantial rig, in this case with hollow spruce spars by Noble Masts of Bristol.
There is no "standard" specification for most of the Heard boats, as each is built for the specific request of the buyer, with slight variations in fit out and layout. According to Sam Heard, this Heard 25 will probably displace about 5 tons.
Beta Marine 28, 3-cylinder 1,000 cc diesel, freshwater cooled, rated 25 hp. Serviced annually from new.
Fuel tank capacity
25 gallons in S/S tank
2 x 75AH - new 2019
Engine alternator with splitter
Sails and deck equipment
Gaff cutter rig, Hollow spruce spars with S/S standing rigging from 2007. The bowsprit steeves (hinges) up to reduce mooring length if needed.
SKB Sails with one set of reef points and lazyjacks
4 x Wilmex bronze sel-tailing
7 Kg CQR type with chain and warp
Plastimo Contest bulkhead compass
Warps & fenders
4 warps and 8 fenders
Navigation Equipment and instruments
Garmin GPS172C colour plotter in wooden box on cockpit bulkhead, charting for English & Bristol Channels
Raymarine ST40 depth
Icom M421 with DSC
Horseshoe with floating light
Electric and manual pumps
2 in saloon and 2 in forecabin
Water tank capacity
25 gallons in S/S tank
2-burner Origo alcohol cooker
Available by separate negotiation - large 4 wheeled road trailer with air brakes. NB - this is not towable by a normal car or leisure 4x4
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