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Heard 25 GRP hulled gaff cutter


ashore Cornwall


GRP hull by Gaffers and Luggers Ltd., Mylor, she was partly fitted out by John Moore & Sons of Mevagissey, and partly by the owner's son, a shipwright.


launched 2006/7




35' 0"inc bowsprit

Sail area

600 sq ft

Brief details


25' 0"


Gaff cutter

This is one of the rarer Heard Falmouth Working Boat types, the 25. Designed by Percy Dalton, she is simply but very nicely fitted out in teak, with laid teak decks. She is in her original ownership, and since launch has only been sailed for 4-5 months each year, the remainder of the time being stored ashore under cover inside the owner's barn.


23' 0"


Open plan


8' 6"


max 4


4' 6"


Beta 28 diesel

Keel type

Long keel with encapsulated ballast: displacement approx 5 tons


In 1965 Terry Heard founded Gaffers and Luggers on Mylor Creek near Falmouth. Since then Terry and his son Martin have built hundreds of traditional GRP hulled sailing boats, mostly of the well-known Falmouth Working Boat type. When Martin Heard died in 2009 his son Sam Heard has continued the business on a smaller scale and continued the family tradition, building new boats and running the boatyard for lay-ups and refits.

Whilst the more common Heard 28 Working Boat was built on moulds taken from an old wooden original, the 25 was designed as a yacht on Working Boat lines by Percy Dalton (1906–1982), who was a noted artist and yacht designer who spent most of his working life in Falmouth. Like all the Heard Working Boat types, she has a heavily laid up solid GRP hull, with encapsulated internal ballast, and deck and superstructure in timber. All these Heards are fairly heavy displacement, with a substantial rig, in this case with hollow spruce spars by Noble Masts of Bristol.

There is no "standard" specification for most of the Heard boats, as each is built for the specific request of the buyer, with slight variations in fit out and layout. According to Sam Heard, this Heard 25 will probably displace about 5 tons.

Ashore October 2020

Yachtsnet photographs October 2020

Ashore quarter
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Bowsprit, boom and gaff are stored on board lashed down on deck. The mast
and the furling gears for the two headsails are at a boatyard near Falmouth

Cockpit aft

In keeping with her character, the sheet winches are Wilmex bronze self-tailers specially made for traditional boats. Although dusty from storage in a barn, the teak decks are in excellent condition with virtually no discernible wear.

Cockpit forward

The raised forward section of the cockpit sole lifts for access to the rear of the engine and gearbox.
There are large cockpit lockers on each side, with stainless steel fuel and water tanks also inside.


Saloon headroom is just under 5 ft below the deck beams. The saloon berths are 6' 2" long
and the vee-berths in the forecabin are 7' 0" long on the vee. A Lavac heads is
under a small lid between the foredeck vee-berths.

Saloon aft
Galley sink
Chart table
Beta 28
Ashore October 28

The Heard 25 is a genuine classic design, being a cabin version of a long-established traditional type - the Falmouth Working Boat. These range in size from 23 to 28 feet, and some remain in use working in and around Falmouth in winter as sailing oyster dredgers - local regulations prohibit dredging for oysters in a boat fitted with an engine. In summer they are raced - the boats that work often having a larger racing rig.

This 25-footer is a beautifully built and fitted out example of the type, and is set up for daysailing, classic racing and cruising for a crew of two. Although there are four berths and the cockpit can seat six, she would be very cramped if four were to sleep on board. She is for sale now, somewhat reluctantly, as the owner feels age is creeping up on him.


Engine details

Beta Marine 28, 3-cylinder 1,000 cc diesel, freshwater cooled, rated 25 hp. Serviced annually from new.

Fuel tank capacity

25 gallons in S/S tank


Three bladed


2 x 75AH - new 2019

Battery charging

Engine alternator with splitter

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Gaff cutter rig, Hollow spruce spars with S/S standing rigging from 2007. The bowsprit steeves (hinges) up to reduce mooring length if needed.


SKB Sails with one set of reef points and lazyjacks


SKB Sails

Jib furling

Selden Furlex


SKB Sails

Staysail furling

Selden Furlex

Cockpit winches

4 x Wilmex bronze sel-tailing

Bower anchor

7 Kg CQR type with chain and warp



Steering compass

Plastimo Contest bulkhead compass

Warps & fenders

4 warps and 8 fenders

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Garmin GPS172C colour plotter in wooden box on cockpit bulkhead, charting for English & Bristol Channels

Depth sounder

Raymarine ST40 depth

VHF radio

Icom M421 with DSC

Safety/emergency equipment


Horseshoe with floating light

Bilge pumps

Electric and manual pumps


Cabin layout

Open plan


2 in saloon and 2 in forecabin

Water tank capacity

25 gallons in S/S tank


2-burner Origo alcohol cooker


Blakes Lavac



Available by separate negotiation - large 4 wheeled road trailer with air brakes. NB - this is not towable by a normal car or leisure 4x4

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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