Newly available, this handsome vessel and respected design has been very well cared for and had an extensive rebuild in 2003 by its current owner. There is also a triple axle trailer for summer storage and/or over-the-road transport. In addition to personal recreation, the boat has proven itself while being involved with many regattas as both a "Committee" and a "Marks" boat in New England and Florida.
Beginning forward there is an anchor locker followed by two large 6'3' x 29' v-berths with 4" foam cushions and stars and stripes blue Sunbrella covers. Large 12" shelves over berths as well as lockers and large drawers under the berths provide additional storage. Headroom in this area is 70 inches and improves in the galley due to the extra large companionway. Ventilation is provided by an overhead hatch with a day/night solar vent and screen as well as two opening ports with screens and two bulkhead mounted 12 volt fans.
To port is the galley with storage in back, under the deck and bulk storage in the original ice box under the formica counter. At the forward end of this counter is a S/S sink with a whale flipper pump. There are four large storage drawers in the front of the counter. A grid under the drawers at floor level provides heat from the engine in cool weather. A single burner Origo 1500 alcohol stove stores in one of the drawers when not in use and there is a teak dish/cup storage and paper towel rack on the aft bulkhead. There is an opening port with screen and an overhead dual voltage light. Cold storage is provided by an ice box under the companion seat in the cockpit. There is also a hatch in the sole in this area to access the forward bilge pump and float switch as well as the head intake seacock.
To starboard is the enclosed head with a S/S sink and a Whale Flipper pump. Under the sink and next to the head are several shelves for storage. There is an opening port with screen and a dome light with clear and red bulbs. The Wilcox Head Mate has a varnished teak seat and top and is plumbed for overboard discharge or a holding tank. On the aft bulkhead over the head there is a teak handrail/towel rack and on the forward bulkhead there is a mirror and a 2" S/S hand rail beneath it.
One step up through the companionway to the deck house, to port there is a companion seat with the above mentioned ice box and storage lockers. Forward of the seat on the bulkhead is a teak footrest and teak binocular box. On the back of the seat is a custom portable table which mounts on the engine box. To starboard is the folding helm seat and a folding step.There are hatches port and starboard for the two battery compartments and two additional hatches aft of the seats to provide access to the area on either side of the centerline fuel tank and forward of the mid-ship bulkhead. On the starboard side under the deck there are varnished teak slats to hold fenders and dock lines and to port under the deck are holders for boathooks, oars and deck brush. The deck is reached by a two step cockpit ladder which can be moved to either side of the cockpit. There is a centerline hatch aft of the mid-ship bulkhead for access to the Racor fuel filters, bilge pump float switch and additional storage. Behind this area is another bulkhead for the engine compartment and aft bilge pump.
Details of 2003 Rebuild
Heron underwent an extensive rebuild in 2003 and the details are as follows;:
Hull: The cabin was rebuilt by removing the fixed aft bulkhead and the two fixed glass windows on either side. These were replaced with vinyl windowed drop curtains that can be rolled up. The forward pilot house windows were replaced with new heavy duty opening marine windows and the sliding port and starboard windows were replaced with new 1/4' safety glass. Suncovers were made for these four windows. The Lexan in the two Bomar hatches (one over the helm station) was replaced and a Nicro 3000 solar vent added to the new forward hatch lens. The entire cabin was then Awlgripped inside and out (Alpine White) and the topsides painted (Stars and Stripes Blue)
Engine: Heron is powered with a Volvo 155HP diesel with a stern drive. In 2003 the engine and drive were removed from the boat and rebuilt. Invoice covering this work are available. A single lever Morse engine control and Teleflex Sea Star hydraulic steering with an Edson Wheel with knob were installed. A fiberglass drip pan was fabricated and installed and the engine box was recovered with Sound Down. A Mercury Quick Silver cathode system was installed for galvanic protection and a fresh water flush kit was added to thee engine for use dockside or off fresh water awash down system if the boat is on mooring. Racor 75/500 Maxm dual fuel filters were installed and the engine box cooling was improved with the addition of two Par flex mount bilge blowers. Since the rebuild, there have been 1700 hours on the engine. The engine runs very well and has been trouble free.
The following new items were installed in 2003 as well:
Heron is well powered and a well appointed vessel with sharp lines and a profile that has been very well maintained. In 2009 Heron returned to the factory for a bottom job and a modified chine improvement, as currently used on the newer boats. It turns the aft six feet of the original soft chine into a hard chine then tapers into the original bottom for improved roll resistance. It has proven to be an excellent addition to the boat. The engine and stern drive were removed and rebuilt in 2003. There are many more careful improvements made as well. She is well suited as a Committee boat or Dive boat.
Advantage Yacht Sales & Service Inc.
16300 SW Famel Ave.
Indiantown, FL 34956