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Heard 28


afloat Hampshire


Gaffers & Luggers, Tregatreath, Cornwall






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

Sail area

630 sq ft

Brief details


27' 0"


Gaff cutter

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. This well kept one owner example has cruised from Falmouth to the Mediterranean and back, going south by the Biscay coast and the Canal du Midi, and returning via the Rhone. She has a long coachroof, giving headroom in the saloon and forecabin, and the mast is in a tabernacle for ease of lowering.


10' 0"


Saloon and forecabin


5' 0"


max 6


18,000 lbs


Perkins diesel


10,000 lbs



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.

Almost every Heard 28 is slightly different: these are not standard production boats. This hull has the most common "short coachroof" with a non-standard interior layout designed by the owner.

Heard 28 for sale

Photo above courtesy of David Harding, Sailing Scenes

Moored April 2019

Yachtsnet photographs 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

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.


A 75 litre holding tank is fitted,
and a hinge-down frame above the
heads holds a simple washbasin

Heads sink

Yachtsnet photographs April 2019

Saloon forward
Chart table
Saloon aft
Galley sink
Heard 28 for sale

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

Deck aft
Cockpit aft
Cockpit forward

Summer covers

There are "summer covers" for the cockpit and forehatch,
and a full two-part tailored set of winter covers for use when ashore.

Heard 28 in Corsica
Canal du Midi
Heard 28 for sale

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


Heard 28 for sale


Engine details

Perkins Perama 30 (same engine as Volvo MD2030) 3-cylinder freshwater cooled 30 bhp diesel with Hurth gearbox, run approx 3,000 hours.

Fuel tank capacity

100 litres


Three bladed 15"


2 x 100 AH

Battery charging/electrics

Engine alternator

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Gaff cutter rig, Colombian pine spars with 8mm S/S standing rigging of various ages


SKB Sails, 7 years old


SKB Sails, 8 years old

Jib furling

Wykeham Martin furler, major overhaul 2018


Kemps Sails new 2017, also older SKB Sails staysail




Rene Brent (Hamble), used once

Storm jib

SKB Sails

Primary winches

4 x Lewmar 8

Halliard winch

Lewmar 8

Bower anchor

35 lb CQR with approx 120' 10mm calibrated chain

Kedge anchors

20 lb CQR kedge and spare 35 lb CQR

Anchor windlass

Simpson-Lawrence manual windlass



Steering compass

Plastimo bulkhead compass

Warps & fenders

6 warps and 7 fenders


Cockpit bimini, summer and winter covers. Various engine spares.

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Garmin 128


Stowe Navigator 2 trailing log (new impeller required)

Depth sounder

Stowe Navsounder

VHF radio

Simrad RT1400 non-DSC

VHF radio (handheld)

Cobra HH350

Radio receiver

Panasonic radio/CD player

Safety/emergency equipment


Plastimo 6-man canister, serviced to 2020


2 x horseshoes with floating lights

MOB equipment

Lifting sling and lifting kit


Webbing type

Bilge pumps

2 x pumps

Fire extinguishers

3 x dry powder plus auto extinguisher in engine compartment


Cabin layout

Forecabin, heads and saloon

Cabin heating

Taylors bulkhead mounted paraffin heater with flue


max 6

Water tank capacity

100 litres


Spinflo Nelson 2-burner, grill and oven. (Gas bottle in self-draining locker)


Jabsco PAR with 75 litre holding tank

These particulars are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.

For further information or to arrange a viewing,

please contact Yachtsnet on 01326-212234


The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not a part of any contract or offer, and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be conducted via Yachtsnet Ltd., who are acting as brokers for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars, and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical checks or tests

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