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Purbrook Heron

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Boat REF# 211540
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 6.78m (22'3")
Year 1952
Construction Wood carvel
Underwater profile Lifting keel
Berths 3
Engine 1 x Diesel 10hp, Yanmar 1GM10 (unknown year)
Lying Fowey


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Extra Details

Designer Rossiter Yachts
Builder Rossiter Yachts
Lying Fowey
Water capacity 55.0 ltr (12.1 G) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x Diesel 10hp
Engine make and model Yanmar 1GM10 (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering Tiller
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 3 Blade
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded

The ever reliable Yanmar engine was fully reconditioned in 2000


LOA 6.78m (22'3")
LWL 5.94m (19'6")
Beam 2.29m (7'6")
Draft Min 0.91m (3'0")
Draft Max 1.63m (5'4")
Displacement 1,406kg (3,100.0lbs)
Storage On mooring


10% discount on rigging

Sloop rigged Wood spars (1952) with stainless steel standing rigging (unknown year)


Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Mainsail - Roller boom (unknown year)
Headsail - Hank on (unknown year)
Other sails No 2 (unknown year)
Jib (unknown year)

Some of the rigging was replaced 7 years ago. Although the sails are senior in their years, they have not had a great deal of use and still fully serviceable.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine


Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Construction Wood carvel
Underwater profile Lifting keel
Finish Paint finish


Total # of berths 3
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 1
Heads 1 heads (Porta Potti)
Cooker tick
Manual water system tick
Non-Smokers tick

Sleeping accommodation is provided by the starboard saloon seat which converts to a double and single berth to port. The small galley area lies to port as you descend the companionway and boasts ample storage. The forepeak, which houses the WC also offers plenty of additional storage for sails, kit etc.

2 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Echo sounder tick

The level of instrumentation is in keeping with the age and character of the boat. If more were needed, a multi purpose GPS unit would suffice.

Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick

2 sheet winches
3 anchors
(CQR 12kg, CQR 10lb, Fisherman 10lb)
30.00m (98'5") of chain
dinghy (unknown year)
(Hard Dinghy)
2.3hp outboard, Long Shaft (unknown year)

Safety Equipment

10% Discount on courses
LPG Detector tick
Life jackets tick
Searchlight tick
Safety harnesses tick
Horn tick

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 Electric)

Broker's Comments

This little Purbrook Heron 4 ½ tonner is a little gem. She is a solidly built fractionaly rigged, centre board sloop capable of accommodating 2 adults, 3 at a pinch! At first glance she looks longer and beamier than her stated specifications.

Previously owned by the original designer, she has been in her present ownership for about 16 years, during which time she has been immaculately restored and maintained, retaining many of her original features and character. Looking around the boat I struggled to find anything that required immediate attention. Her painted and varnish surfaces including bilge and lockers are all to a very high standard. Despite her modest size, moving around the deck is easy with few hazards. A long keel with a lifting centre board provides stability at sea whilst affording the opportunity for creek crawling in out of the way places

Down below she had cosy feel to her and could be made more so with the addition of some soft furnishings. Her accommodation is comfortable for 2, with plenty of well thought out storage and decent size saloon table which also houses the lifting keel. Her companionway doghouse allows 5’ 6” headroom.

Due to unforeseen personal circumstances, this Purbrook Heron has now been returned to the open market, so if you are looking to own a piece of maritime history, without having to incur the initial high restoration costs normally associated with owning a boat of this vintage, this should be a serious contender. Furthermore, we now have a pre- purchase insurance survey which gives a favorable report on the condition of the vessel.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Purbrook Heron has been personally photographed and viewed by Chris Fuller of Boatshed Falmouth. Click here for contact details.
Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical.

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