Heard 23 how hard to sail single handed

simon littlewood
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Joined: 12 Nov 2016

Hi Folks I currently have a small motorsailer. I am looking to change to something else, whilst i have been looking about i came across a nice looking little boat a heard 23. My questions are are they ok for some one with fairly modest sailing experience to single hand as most of my sailing is and is there anything i should watch out for.

                 Regards Simon

Graham Benson
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Joined: 02 Sep 2009

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 them) I'm in sevival mode.

Cockpit not self draining. I do not have an inboard engine and have made the cockpit water tight. I can pump it out from within the cabin. To get it sef draing the floor would need to be raised and I would loose the deep cockpit. Self draiing would be usefull, not having to cover the cokpit when boat not in use. But I can live with that.

simon littlewood
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Joined: 12 Nov 2016

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 better and has similar sea keeping qualities and a good bit of character.You mention that you don't have a roller furling on the jib. I'm not quite sure how this works and do you have to go forward to adjust and reduce sail ? and has the staysail  a roller on it also do you have  a self draining cockpit. Had a look at some of your posts on you tube and like them

               Regards Simon

Graham Benson
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Joined: 02 Sep 2009

Hi I sail solo my heard23 most of the time, some longer trips. www.scottishensign.co.uk links to videos and photos.

I have a sea feather wind  vain for longer trips and a simrad for day/weekend trips. My boat has a whykem martain fuler on the jib and nothing on the staysail. I would not trust the jib to furle when needed all the time so I have all sail halyards controled from the mast. Safety lines on the cabin roof. everything can be done cliped on.

 

Good boat, I have had mine since 2009

Aeolus FWB28
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Joined: 26 Aug 2006

The bowsprit is permanently set. The jib is on roller gear and the staysail on a foil  All easy to operate from the cockpit. 

simon littlewood
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Joined: 12 Nov 2016

Good to hear that is the case. I take it you would lower the bow sprint when able and then set the sails. the sail plan looks like it may take some getting used . I have a simple sloop rigg and can do all reefing from the cockpit useful in the north sea. Thanks for your reply.

Aeolus FWB28
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Joined: 26 Aug 2006

Hi Simon I single hand my 28 all the time. Just get a decent autopilot !

https://youtu.be/1TtB_ImqmBc


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