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  • Posted by simon littlewood

    Thank you for that Graham please let me know when you are ready to sell.

  • Posted by Graham Benson

    Carrie based in the Clyde based in the Clyde will be going up for sale in the spring.

  • Posted by Graham Benson

    my heard 23 Carrie is going up fro sale soon. she is based in the Clyde. details will be posted after I have fixed her up over the winter.

  • Posted by Jon Hammond

    Thank you

  • Posted by Aeolus FWB28

    Sorry to be so long, could not access the boat register.
    The details we have are limited but as follows...
    Yanmar 36m
    Light green hull white deck
    Based IOW
    Owner D Baggett

    This is old info but hopefully of some help.

  • Posted by Sally Coward

    There is a PDF document under Publications on this website entitled Hoist the Topsail.

  • Posted by Aeolus FWB28

    Hi Tom.

    Most likely are just another location for the backstays.

    The backstays on Aeolus go to the top of the mast.

    Spreaders are not necessary, usually fitted in order to have flag halyards.


  • Posted by Aeolus FWB28

    Best to contact Sam Heard for information.

    The ballast would be lead shot encased in resin and not removable. So perhaps there never was any. 5 tons in a 28, no idea how much in a 35. There will have been movable lead ingots for trimming ballast. Sam should have the answers you need.

  • Posted by Christopher Penfold

    Thanks Aeolus, 

    I wondered whether anyone else had an external hull locker drain. It was there when I got the boat 4 years ago. I must admit I had my doubts about it as the locker floor is not really high enough. I think your arrangement is the better option.


  • Posted by Aeolus FWB28

    Hi was unaware of this arrangement in Saskia.

    Aeolus has a drain tube which leads back to the engine bay. Any water in there is pumped out.

  • Posted by simon littlewood

    Thanks for that Jeremy do you have an album on the site?

  • Posted by Jeremy McCabe


    My 23' FWB 'Pica' may be for sale next year - I am hoping to get one more Falmouth Classics and summer.  I will advertise her on the GALA website if I do.


  • Posted by Aeolus FWB28

    To Association La GU did you receive my PM ?

  • Posted by Association LA GU...

    thank you Tom, take care of your back

  • Posted by Tom Woodward

    To echo Steve's comment, I have an unscientific approach and just tighten them till they feel taught to the hand. As mine are rigged with deadeyes, it is usually a question of getting them as tight as I can without putting my back out.

  • Posted by Association LA GU...

    Introducing SARAH

    still lots of work before sailing...

  • Posted by Association LA GU...

    thank you Steve for your valuable advice

  • Posted by Aeolus FWB28

    Hello and welcome.

    I’m not sure if there actually is an official answer to your question.

    On my 28 I have the shrouds not too tight and not too slack.

    Under hard sailing my leeward shrouds are just becoming a little slack.

    Seems to have worked ok for the past 15 years...

  • Posted by Andy Gordon

    Jeremy many thanks that's great I now know how to proceed

  • Posted by Jeremy McCabe


    I have just finished working on the stem of Pica (1987 23fwb) and had to remove the bunkin.  It is a push fit - with the bobstay and the forestay tight there no need for a retaining nut. The welded collar on the bunkin sits against the fibre-glass of the hull and the 1" diameter...

  • Posted by Paul Sullivan

    Hi Sally,

    Sorry to be so late with this reply but, if it would still be useful, I expect I could prop Isabella's rudder up on a pile of old Yard bills and grab a photo or two - if I can find it somewhere. 

    Isabella is a 28 from 1992 and completely in bits. I am sure I've lost...

  • Posted by Jeremy McCabe


    I had to do this a few years ago on 'Pica', my 23-footer built in 1988, and took photos along the way rather than notes.  I've zipped them and will send them to  They are fairly self-explanatory. 

    The transom fittings were as built and I...

  • Posted by Aeolus FWB28

    Look in the gallery. There is a shot of Aeolus alongside the wall at Mylor. Black hull, red antifoul, ladder leaning.

    Best you ask Sam Heard for info though.

  • Posted by Sally Cholmondeley

    if anyone does have photos here are the instructions for adding them to the website. 

    "If you have any photographs you would like to share with other Gala members, please email your photographs and any additional information about the photograph to...

  • Posted by Colin Stroud

    Hi. Attached is a picture of my Heard 23 rudder, as made be Martin Heard in 1998. I do not have a picture of a 28 rudder but from what i have seen, the 28 is just a rescaled 23. Mine is made of wood encassed in grp. The tiller is a 25mm diameter bar about 600mm long that has a wood tiller with a...

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