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  • 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.


  • Posted by Aidan Tuckett

    Hello Aeolus, thanks for the note. 'Isabel' is mine. Ex 'Janner' owned by Toby and Hugo. We bought her in Spring last year. They had done masses to keep her in excellent order as had the previous owner Adriaans Martens. So we inherited a very good boat. She is at Sussex Yacht Club, Shoreham....

  • Posted by Aeolus FWB28

    Hi Tom

    The propeller has to match the engine, there is no generic size.

    Aeolus has a 40hp Yanmar 3J3HE and the prop markings are Radice OTE13R  20 2

    The diameter of the bowsprit is 5 inches. I don't know the material, probably Spruce.

    The last 28s made had hollow...

  • Posted by Henrik Nor-Hansen

    Yes, I also opted for the self-polishing kind, and bought two gallons of Pettit Horizon. It's always a gamble which product that will work in a specific area. In the tropics we learned that it's best with hard antifouling, because we always had to go down and scrape anyway, and the ablative kind...

  • Posted by Aeolus FWB28

    I use 3 x 2.5L cans of Hempel Tiger xtra to give one thick coat. Remember that you are anti fouling not painting the hull, so don't put it on too thinly. The paint keeps, so if you're not sure how much to use get more and keep what's left over for next season.

  • Posted by Henrik Nor-Hansen

    We are in Nova Scotia, the plan is to cross next year. Will probably stop somewhere between Falmouth and Dover, if you are still interested in a sail.

    We also made a new rudder, and may have some tips.

  • Posted by Sally Cholmondeley

    Thank you all for  the reassurance and am sure technique will prevail. I am now proud owner to be of said boat inCroatia. She's not going anywhere fast as she needs a new engine and rudder.  Would anyone be kind enough to offer me some crewing opportunities so that I can have a look at...

  • Posted by Paul Sullivan

    Thank you to Henrik and Aeolus for the helpful advice. I, too, remember the Dutch website detailing a re-deck from some time back but I don't remember the details either.  And I will certainly seek out prior experience at the OGA.

    Isabella was massively refitted back in 1999 by a...

  • Posted by Henrik Nor-Hansen

    I think there was a website about a Heard 28 in Holland. The owner did the decks, but I can't find the site...

  • Posted by Aeolus FWB28

    Paul, I tried to reply some months ago but I'm having trouble with the site. Hopefully it will work now.

    I would contact John Gallagher of the Old Gaffers Association

    He rebuilt one of the early 28s, Margaret Burton.


  • Posted by Henrik Nor-Hansen

    My formula for estimating boatwork hours is what I initially believe, multiplied by five.

    We found rot in the plywood under the portlights, huge parts of the cockpit, the whole rudder and around most of the hardware on deck. Screws and bolts were going directly into the ply, leading down...

  • Posted by simon littlewood

    Hi Graham

                     thanks for the reply. I do like the look of Heard 23, I currently sail a Colvic Watson23 she has a 2ftn bow sprint and goes ok for this type of boat. I'm looking something that sails...

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