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Heard 28 Gaff Cutter


Heard 28 gaff cutter built by Gaffers and Luggers in 1989. Several big refit periods in recent years mean this is a well equipped cruising yacht. New mast and rigging in 2020. Beta 35 engine, bow thruster and Raymarine nav instruments. 5 berths with 2 doubles and 6′ headroom. A nice example with a large inventory presented in tidy condition.

Boat Details

Overall Length: 28
Beam: 10'10"
Draught: 5'
Displacement: 8164kg
Engine: Beta Marine BV1305 35hp 4cyl diesel
Berths: 5
Sail: Gaff Cutter
Designer: Percy Dalton
Builder: Gaffers & Luggers Falmouth
Year Built: 1989
Location: Dartmouth

Classic Yacht Brokerage Comments on this Heard 28 Gaff Cutter

Heard 28 gaff cutter built by Gaffers and Luggers of Falmouth in 1989.

A heavy displacement long keeled traditional hull design from Percy Dalton, with lines inspired by the Falmouth working boats but built in GRP.  The Heard range of gaffers have been very popular over the years with the 28’ hull finished in various designs of deck and interior layout.

This yacht has benefitted from several periods of refitting and upgrades giving her an excellent inventory of equipment to make her a competent and comfortable cruising boat.  Autopilot, self tailing winches, bow thruster and boom gallows are all features to help make her an easily handled yacht whether single handing or with a crew.

The bowsprit can be reeved up very easily to reduce the overall length and therefore cost of mooring.

I nice example of this well respected design, fully equipped and very capable.


  • GRP laid hull of heavy construction.
  • Integral ballast of steel punchings encased in the moulded keel.
  • Iroko beamshelf bonded to the hull with iroko deck beams.  Marine plywood deck finished with a swept iroko deck.  Screw fastened and seams payed with butyl rubber.  Decks completely re-payed in 2013.  Foredeck re-payed in last 2 years.
  • The small bulwark all round is part of the moulded hull, finished with an iroko capping rail.
  • Houdini bronze forehatch and coachroof hatch.
  • Coachroof of marine plywood, sheathed in glass cloth and painted.  4 x bronze port lights either side.
  • Spacious cockpit rebuilt in a previous ownership.  Built in sump with electric pump to make it effectively self draining.  Marine plywood construction sheathed in epoxy glass cloth.  Water tight hatches in the sole with teak gratings.
  • Thwart either side aft with scrubbed iroko lids make large lockers.  Bridge deck forward lifts for locker access.
  • Tiller steering with transom hung rudder.
  • Wooden companion entrance hatch with a sprayhood.



  • Gaff cutter rig on a keel stepped Columbian pine pole mast.  Mast new in 2020 from Collars.
  • Stainless steel mast fittings with wooden boom, gaff and bowsprit.
  • Boom gallows on the aft deck is very useful when handling sails.
  • Bowsprit can be reeved up and out the way very easily to reduce overall length in port.
  • Stainless steel standing rigging to external stainless steel chain plates.  Rigging new in 2020.
  • Dyneema running backstays on 4:1 tackles, new in 2020.
  • Running rigging falls to a belay pin rail on the forward end of the coachroof keeping everything neat and tidy.
  • 2 x Lewmar 16 and 2 x Lewmar 30 self tailing cockpit sheet winches mounted on stainless steel pedestals.
  • Staysail hanks to the inner forestay mounted on a gammon sprit.  Jib sets on a Wykeham Martin furler with a traveller to the end of the bowsprit.
  • Mainsail, topsail (2010), staysail and jib (2009), total sail area of 71sqm.
  • Topsail sets on an aluminium jackyard.



  • Beta Marine BV1305 35hp 4cyl diesel installed new in 2006.  Engine serviced June 2024.
  • PRM80 gearbox to a fixed 3 blade centreline propeller.
  • 4 x 100ah AGM Odyssey batteries, new 2019.  100amp engine alternator with external smart regulator.  Shore power system with Sterling 20 amp battery charger.
  • 2 x 42 litre plastic fuel tanks located under the side decks by the cockpit.  Installed in 2006.  Twin fuel filter system with tank level gauges.
  • 120 litre stainless water tank under the cabin sole.
  • 25 litre calorifier tank heated from the engine or with 240 volt immersion coil.
  • Max Power CT80 electric bow thruster with joystick control.
  • Eberspacher diesel fired hot air heating system.



5 berths including twin V-berths in the fore cabin, a single settee berth to starboard in the saloon and a port side settee berth that converts to a double by dropping the table down.

Approximately 6′ headroom.

Steps down from the companion hatch into the cabin with galley to port and a hanging locker to starboard.

Galley has a single stainless steel sink with pressurised hot and cold water.  Isotherm 12 volt fridge/freezer.  2 burner gas stove with oven and grill.  Dedicated gas locker under aft deck.

Half height bulkhead to port with vertical grab rail.

Chart desk to starboard faces aft using end of the settee berth as a seat.  Electronic navigation instruments and switchboard to hand around the chart desk.

Comfortable saloon with a single settee berth either side.  The port side converts to a double by dropping the table down as an infill piece.  The table can also be raise to the deck head to get it out of the way completely.

Masses of storage space behind the settees under the side decks and beneath the seats.

Starboard side door moving forward into the fore cabin.

Small seat to starboard and heads compartment to port.

Heads is a Jabsco manual sea toilet which discharges directly overboard.  Lid folds down over the heads when not in use.

Large V-berth with an infill can be considered a double berth.  Forehatch above.

Chain locker below the berth with a plastic spurling pipe.



  • Steering compass
  • Raymarine E125 chartplotter
  • AIS transceiver
  • ICOM IC M505 DSC VHF radio with cockpit speaker
  • Raymarine EVO autopilot with P70 compass and remote control
  • Garmin GPS 128
  • Raymarine ST60 log and depth instruments
  • TackTick wind indicator
  • Lofrans Cayman  12 volt windlass with remote control
  • 35lb CQR anchor with 60m x 10mm chain
  • 25lb fishermans anchor
  • 25lb Danfoth anchor with 3m x 10mm chain
  • Mooring warps
  • Fenders
  • Plastimo Cruiser 6 person life raft
  • Jackstays
  • Rule 3700 auto bilge pump
  • Whale Gusher manual bilge pump
  • Whale cockpit draining electric pump
  • Firdell Blipper masthead mounted radar reflector
  • Emergency tiller


  • 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill
  • Gas bottle in dedicated locker under aft deck
  • 12 volt fridge unit
  • Hot water calorifier tank
  • 2 x paraffin cabin lamps
  • Bunk and berth cushions
  • Jabsco manual sea toilet
  • Eberspacher diesel fired hot air cabin heating
  • Hot water cockpit shower
  • Removable cockpit table


  • Beta BV1305 35hp diesel engine
  • 4 x 12 volt AGM Odyssey 100ah batteries
  • Sterling 20 amp 240 volt battery charger
  • 13 amp socket
  • MaxPower ST80 electric bow thruster


  • Mainsail
  • Topsail – Dart Sails 2010
  • Staysail
  • Working jib – Dart Sails 2009.  Refurbished 2015.
  • Wykeham Martin furler for jib
  • 2 x Lewmar 16 self tailing winches
  • 2 x Lewmar 30 self tailing winches
  • Floating winch handles
  • Mainsail and staysail covers


  • Beaching legs
  • Folding boarding ladder
  • Cockpit coming seats
  • Full length 3 part deck awning
  • Sprayhood
  • Shore power lead
  • Hose pipe
  • Spare fuel cans
  • Day shapes


These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Classic Yacht Brokerage cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.