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Heard Tosher 18


The Heard Tosher 18 was based on a traditional local working boat from Mevagissey and built in GRP by Gaffers and Luggers of Mylor near Falmouth.  This was one of their smallest boats, with the larger 23′ and 28′ versions being more common.  Her shallow draft and beaching legs make her a versatile boat.  2 berths under the cuddy give overnight space akin to comfortable camping and the large safe cockpit is great for families.  Very similar in concept to the Cornish Shrimper but at a fraction of the price and better looking.

Boat Details

Overall Length: 18'6" +bowsprit
Waterline: 18'6"
Beam: 6'4"
Draught: 3'
Engine: Yanmar 1GM10
Berths: 2
Sail: Gaff cutter
Designer: Terry Heard
Builder: Gaffers and Luggers
Year Built: 1980
Location: Devon

Heard Tosher 18

18’6” Heard Tosher built by Gaffers and Luggers in 1980.

A nice concept of boat that competes with the more common Cornish Shrimpers, large open cockpit with a small open backed coachroof offering 2 berths or sheltered seating.  Her shallow draft allows access to the upper reaches of estuaries, and with small beaching legs she can easily take the ground on a drying mooring or for overnight camping trips.

A really solid and capable little boat, in need of some tidying but fully equipped.


Length on Deck                      18’6”

Length Overall                       23’

Beam                                       6’4”

Draft                                       3’



GRP hull with encapsulated internal ballast.

Moulded GRP decks.

Iroko rubbing strakes and capping rails all round.

Transom hung mahogany rudder with galvanised hangings.

Open cockpit with varnished mahogany coamings.  Small coachroof with mahogany coamings and a sheathed plywood coachroof deck.



Gaff cutter rig on a deck stepped solid wooden mast in a galvanised tabernacle.

Wooden boom, gaff and bowsprit.

Stainless steel standing rigging to external galvanised chain plates.

Sails include mainsail, new topsail, 2 x staysails and 2 x jibs.



Yanmar 1GM10 single cylinder diesel engine.  Reconditioned in 2014.

Shaft drive to a centreline Darglow feathering propeller.

Single 12 volt battery charged from the engine alternator.

Copper fuel tank of approximately 20 litres under the aft deck.



2 settee berths under the coachroof.



Target 2 depth sounder



2 x staysails

2 x jibs

Mainsail cover

Cockpit cover

Over boom cover

Beaching legs

Berth cushions

CQR anchor

Delta anchor

Warp and chain

Mooring warps


Auto electric bilge pump

Manual bilge pump





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.