28ft Heard 28, GRP Traditional Gaff Cutter, 1988


Price Details

Price: £42,500 GBP
Location: Walton on the Naze
Make: Heard
Year: 1988
Condition: Very good and well maintained, much renewed and refitted.
Category: Traditional Sail Cruiser
Keel Type: Full Keel


Laura June is an excellent example of the  Heard 28 Percy Dalton design, her lines based on the Falmouth work boats.  A Traditional sail cruising vessel, a well-balanced, seaworthy GRP Gaff Cutter.
She is equipped with a separate heads compartment, a spacious forward “V” berth and a settee berth in the saloon which makes up to a large double. A very light an airy accommodation,  with a generous headroom of  1.95m.
Laura June has been meticulously maintained, kept and sailed,  in her present ownership of 10 years. They bought her from Guernsey in 2008 bought her back to the UK, paid the VAT and re registered her with MCA UK ships register.  She then under went an extensive refit: which included having the underwater hull peeled, stripped and re epoxied with West System ( by Rice & Cole of Burnham on Crouch), The Rig required renewing so a new Noble’s mast, a pivoted bowsprit and spars were bought, She was remeasured and new suit of sails by James Lawrence of Brightlingsea,  she has 4 x sheet winches worked from the cockpit, 2;1 Halyard for the lifting bowsprit .  Her original green gel coat of her Topsides have been re sprayed and a bran new Beta Marine engine was installed, new stainless steel fuel  and water tanks. Viewing recommended. She in commission, afloat and Ready to Go.


Nominal Length: 8.53m
Length Overall: 12.65m
Length Of Deck: 8.69m
Length At Water Line: 8.48m

Beam: 3.00m
Draft: 1.52m
Max Draft: 1.52m



Fuel Tank Capacity: 90litres
Water Tank Capacity: 90litres
Displacement: Approx 7 tonnes
Cruising Speed: 5 knots
Engine Power: 30hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 5
Cabins: 2
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 4


Builder: Terry Heard
Designer: Percy Dalton
Boat Name: Laura June


Hull Material:   GRP, Fibreglass
Hull Design: Displacement
Hull Speed: 10 knots


Engine Description: A New and installed (2018), Beta Marine diesel engine, 30hp , three cylinders only 289 engine hours running time. Electric push button start.

Engine Transmission Description: Shaft drive. A Brunton Auto feathering propeller.

Morse lever controls from the helm position in the cockpit. Fresh water cooled via heat exchanger.
Engine located in aft sited under the cockpit sole, large removable hatch.
New stainless steel fuel tank.  Engine had an oil change and service 2019
Fuel cuddy’s for spare, top up fuel stowed in aft cockpit locker.


Heavily laid up GRP hull with a long keel straight stem and transom stern. A large open deep cockpit.
Topsides painted finish over the original gel coat. Re antifouled May 2021.
Decks of  encapsulated marine ply which have been sheathed and painted.
Varnished/ oiled Hard wood rubbing bands/capping and trim.

Coach roof formed from hard wood.Large skylight illuminates the saloon.
Varnished hard wood doors and a vented perspex to the companionway. Wooden ladder steps into the cabin.
Encapsulated lead ballast in the keel. Anodes renewed 2021.



Galley facility to Starboard.
New electric Isotherm cool box set under the steps in.  To Stbd – a Gimballed gas oven, double hob and grill.
Stainless steel  wash bowl with shower hose attachment. Hot and cold pressurised water system via a calorifier.

New stainless steel water tank.
Saloon has two full length settee berths both with lee cloths. the starboard berth makes up to a large double berth.
Full standing headroom throughout the accommodation.
Lantern skylight illuminates the saloon, 12v cabin lighting
Through the forward bulkhead/ mast deck. into the fore peak with 2 x long “V” berths. Upholstery covered berth cushioning. Stowage lockers under all the berths. Purpose built cupboards and shelving under the side decks.
Separate Heads compartment to port of the companionway. Jabsco sea toilet. and hanging space.for wet weather gear. Full length mirror on the door


A Roundtail Inflatable dinghy with oars and outboard bracket.
Boom gallows, holds the boom above head height.
Lewmar Electric windlass for the anchor and chain. (chain stowed in forepeak locker.)  3 x anchors.
Cockpit cover.Full overall Winter cover, made to measure.
Canvas sock around mast over the skylights.
Large stainless steel Samson post.
Cockpit cushions waterproofed fabric covering.
Pair of legs.
Warps and fenders.


Traditional Gaff rig.  Keel stepped mast. Made by Noble’s, New
engineered hollow Stika spruce mast, Gaff and bowsprit, solid Pine boom. All with a varnished finish.
All sails are white and all new measured up and made by James Lawrence of Brightlingsea. 3 x Trising lines, reefing points in the main and the staysail. Wyckham Martin gear on the jib.
Stainless steel pivot fashioned for her bowsprit. Bowsprit leathered for protection whilst lying in the bow , it is offset to port.
Lazy jacks for ease when stowing the main sail.  A new Main sail cover.
Stainless steel standing rigging,, Running rigging Liros Polyester. Rigging has all been replaced during her present ownership
4 x Lewmar winches – (2 x 30’s and 2 x 40’s ) all sited on the cockpit sides, controlled from the cockpit.
New Main sail, Stay sail, Working Jib and No1 Jib all made from Contender in excellent or very good condition.
A balloon jib and a topsail on a jackyard both in fair condition.

Navigation Equipment:

Tiller steering wooden varnished tiller to transom hung rudder. stainless steel pintles.
Navigation lights in light boxes .
Chart table sets up over the portside settee berth in the saloon,
Navigation gauges in the cockpit . Clipper Echo sounder depth and log.
Lowrance 5HDS GPS set on the aft bulkhead visible to the helm with Navionics card. Receive and transmit AIS
Clock and a barometer fixed to the forward bulkhead.
DSC radio with handset. speaker in the cockpit.
Bulkhead compass

Safety Equipment:

Houdini hatch over the forepeak stb’d berth.
Grab rails and life lines attached to the coach roof.
1 x Automatic bilge pump in the aft compartment under the cockpit. 1 x manual Whale pump.
Sealed and vented gas locker sited under the cockpit bench, stbd.
Port cockpit bench houses the batteries, with isolator switches. they are secured in position.
2 x new Fire extinguishers August 2021