The Heron is designed to be an all-purpose sailboat equally comfortable under power. Features include: bright, airy pilot-house style cabin; light, strong semi-planing hull; quiet, well-mounted outboard power; twin shoal draft keels and rudders for beaching upright; and a simple, efficient sprit boom ketch rig. The design incorporates sealed flotation chambers in the forepeak, under the seats, and at the stern.
The Great Blue Heron has been thoroughly tested by our family – the prototype was used for many years on Lake Champlain. It wasn’t unusual for Fred to be the first one on the water with breaking ice clinking against the Heron’s hull, or in July, ghosting along just after sunset, or in September, brewing tea below while fog and rain ran the sea and sky together.
Reminiscent of the Maine Lobster boats, this design is stable, comfortable, and easily trailered to your vacation spot, nearby lake, river or shore.