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Heard 28

Brief details

Builder

Gaffers & Luggers, Tregatreath, Cornwall

The Heard 28 is a heavy displacement cruising yacht with a GRP hull on the traditional lines of a Falmouth Working Boat. Although heavy, these yachts carry a lot of sail and a long bowsprit, and are surprisingly fast. Almost every Heard 28 is slightly different: these are not standard production boats. The example illustrated has the most common "short coachroof" with an interior layout designed by the owner.

LOA

28' 0" plus bowsprit
(41' with bowsprit extended)

Sail area

630 sq ft

LWL

27' 0"

Rig

Gaff cutter

Beam

10' 0"

Cabins

Saloon and forecabin

Draught

5' 0"

Berths

max 6

Displacement

18,000 lbs

Engine

Various

Ballast

10,000 lbs

BHP

20 -35

Keel type

Long keel with encapsulated steel ballast

Full sail

The Heard 28 design is based on a GRP mould taken from a carvel-built Falmouth Working Boat called "Saint Melorus", that was designed by Percy Dalton for boatbuilder Terry Heard of Mylor, Falmouth, Cornwall. The Falmouth Working Boats are open gaff cutters used for oyster dredging in winter in the Truro River and the River Fal. All these working boats have no engines, as dredging under power is banned in the area. Some of these working boats are wooden and over 100 years old, though some are recently built on the same GRP hull mouldings as the Heard 28 cruiser. In summer out of oyster season the working boats race regularly.

Over the years a number of wooden working boats have been converted to yachts, with engines fitted and cabins or cuddys added, and as well as fitting out the GRP hulls as open boats for working and/or summer racing, Terry Heard built a number of boats with cabins. These were marketed as Heard 28s, by his and his son Martin Heard's Gaffers & Luggers boatyard at Tregatreath.

The GRP hulls are heavily laid up with 15 oz per sq ft glass on the topsides and 24 oz per sq ft on the keel, stem and stern areas. 5 tons of steel punching ballast is encapsulated in the keel over it's full length. The deck is ¾" ply glued and fastened to the beams then sheathed with GRP. The mast and spars are Columbian Pine. Most Heard 28s have a keel-stepped mast, but this yacht was fitted with a deck-stepped mast in a hinged tabernacle to allow lowering.

Heard 28 for sale

Photo above courtesy of David Harding, Sailing Scenes

Moored April 2019
Moored bow - Heard 28 for sale

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Stern view

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Saloon - Heard 28 for sale

The interior has 6' 0" headroom aft, slightly reducing to 5' 11" in the fore part of the saloon and in the heads and forecabin. There are two 6' 3" "crossover" berths in the forecabin. The heads compartment is to starboard, and in the saloon there is a single 6' 3" settee to port, and a U-shaped settee with drop-down table that can form a double berth 6' 3" long by 4' 6" wide. Mounted on the bulkhead by the galley is a removable timber frame that can support a canvas pipe cot above the saloon double to form an occasional extra berth if needed.

Forecabin berths

On this yacht a Taylors paraffin heater is mounted on the saloon forward bulkhead by the chart table, with an insulated flue passing through into the forecabin and exiting via a vent on deck.

Forecabin
Heads

Yachtsnet photographs

Heads sink
Saloon forward
Chart table
Saloon aft
Galley
Galley sink
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Deck

All Falmouth Working Boats and their Heard 28 cruising derivatives have a long down-curved bowsprit,

which can be retracted as seen here to reduce length when berthing. Some boats may have

the bowsprit able to be "steeved" upwards as an alternative way of reducing overall length

when moored or berthed.

Foredeck
Deck aft
Cockpit
Cockpit aft
Cockpit forward
Engine

Summer covers

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Photo at right courtesy of David Harding, Sailing Scenes yacht photography

 

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