HISTORY & DESCRIPTION:
The Heard 28 has quickly become established as a modern design classic, incorporating many of the features of the working boats of the West Country.
Percy Dalton was commission to produce a weatherly and roomy cruising design to be moulded and fitted out by Heards of Mylor Bridge on the Fal Estuary in Cornwall. Percy (1906-1982) was a noted yacht designer and artist, combining these skills, as previously did artist and yacht designer Albert Strange to produce an shapely little vessel, pleasing to the eye and with a very capable sailing ability. Percy who spent his working life in the Falmouth area drew inspiration from the local working craft.
In all over 100 of the 28ft version of his design were built between 1968 – 2008. The Heard 28s have become desirable and much sought-after yachts, which rarely come on to the market.
Wild Pigeon was fitted out to a high specification by a Wadebridge shipwright using teak, mahogany and iroko and many solid bronze and brass fittings. Only two shipwright owners from new, the first for over thirty years when Wild Pigeon entered and won many regattas for Falmouth Working Boats. She has been regularly maintained by Tom Boatyard at Polruan and by her current, now retired Morgan Giles shipwright owner.
GRP moulded hull with timber decks, GRP sheathed from new. Solid iroko coachroof coamings and cockpit with teak and iroko brightwork. Solid bronze portlights, sampson post, fairleads and winches. Encapsulated lead keel, about 3.5 tonnes. Transom hung rudder.
40hp PERKINS PERAMA DIESEL ENGINE – regularly serviced. Shaft drive with three blade, fixed bronze propeller. Single lever Morse control. Tiller steering. Three 12 volt batteries, with alternator charging and solar panel trickle feed. 12 volt electric points in cockpit and chart table. 40 gallons fuel capacity. 40 gallons fresh water capacity.
GAFF CUTTER RIG sets 656 sq. ft plain sail with jib, staysail, main sail and top sail. Furling jib.
Hollow, deck stepped pine main mast and gaff, boom and top mast by Noble Masts of Bristol. Stainless steel standing rigging with traditional dead-eyes and lanyards. Mast deck lights.
ACCOMMODATION FOR SIX – in two cabins. Double/twin fore cabin, double saloon berth to port and dinette double and quarter berth. Victory, diesel fired brass cabin heater.
Heads Compartment with marine wc, shower and wash basin.
Galley with two burner hob, oven and grill, gimballed. Stainess steel sink unit. Pantry and crockery lockers.
INVENTORY & SPECIFICATION:
Stowe Wind Angle
Chain & Warp
Twin Bow Roller
Bronze Sampson Post
Four Bronze Sheet Winches
Four Bronze Sheet Cleats
Bronze Deck Ventilators
Trickle Feed Solar Panel
Solid Timber Beaching Legs
Brass Ships Clock and Brass Barometer
Wild Pigeon is a highly desirable gaff cutter offering all the traditional appearance of a classic boat without the upkeep of a wooden hull. Since the untimely death of Martin Heard his yachts have become much sought-after. The yard, now run by his son and under the banner of Cockwells has gained a wide spread reputation for quality with well over 600 boats built to date.
Wild Pigeon is currently laid-up ashore, only requiring a minimum amount of re-commissioning and hull polishing of the original, well kept gel-coat. Original moulding and build certificates available.
Note: Principal image (sail number 14) library photo for publicity purposes only.
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