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  • 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...

  • Posted by KEVIN ENGLISH

    Thank you Aeolus

    So if your tanks have a capacity of approx 120L each then my plan for two 70-80L tanks does not seem to excesive plus they would be slightly further forward and much lower down?

    There will be many more questions as I have a long way to go with this project!

  • Posted by Aeolus FWB28

    The usual place for tanks on a 28 is in the cockpit lockers. So basically either side of the engine, one for fuel the other water. I never did find out the tank sizes on Aeolus but guess they are each about 120 litres.

  • Posted by KEVIN ENGLISH

    Thanks Colin

    Yes they are to replace the existing tanks which are so to speak non existant. small leaking and for me badly placed, water approx 30L in stbd. cockpit locker and fuel tank approx 40L suspended from the engineroom bulkhead above the engine and hidden by a bridge deck.


  • Posted by Colin Stroud

    Hello Kevin. 70 to 80 litres will be about the weight of an adult so if you are talking about an additional two tanks of 70-80L each then it will be like having two extra crew in the cockpit. Try it! However, you don'y always need to keep the tanks full if you just want the extra capacity for...

  • Posted by Henrik Nor-Hansen

    Engine noise/vibration could also come from bad alignment between engine an shaft, or the engine mounts. The Yanmar engines are good, but are known to be rather noisy. You could see if the insulation could be improved in the engine room. Also, I once realized that it ran way better on new clean...

  • Posted by Graham Benson

    Hi Simon. I do everything at the mast. The jib is on a traveler. Sail settings. Everything up and topsail light winds. drop topsail. one reef main two froesails. two reef main drop jib. by the time I need 3 reefs in main and reduced staysail (jib has reefing penents in it, but I have never used...

  • Posted by Graham Benson

    I have had this problem on my Heard 23. I never leave the jib up furled unless I'm on the boat. If at anchor and high winds expected I drop it and lay it along the bowsprit.

  • Posted by Tom Woodward

    Apologies, I should have said - I confirmed with Beta that the prop would suit the engine.  My concern was that there didn't seem to be a huge amount of clearance between the prop and the hull.  I'll have a bit of a think next time she is out of the water.

    Thanks for confirming...

  • Posted by David Patuck

    We also had reservations about the Wykeham Martin furling gear on our recently acquired Heard 28 "Susan J".  Her jib is left more or less permanantly on the bowsprit except when the latter is run in (a 30 + minute excersise each way!).  However we have learnt several tricks,...

  • Posted by Aeolus FWB28

    Ah so it was Adriaans boat. A great article. Wishing you lots of happy years with her.


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