Designed by Fred Shepherd, HERON II was built in 1936 by Woodnutts, Isle of Wight. Uffa Fox has sailed upon her and included a chapter about her design in his 1937 book “Cruising, Racing and Design”. She has made several appearances in well-known magazines such as Classic Boat magazine, in July 1989 and Yachting Monthly in July 1999. It is believed that she won the Isle of Wight to Isle of Scilly record, though this needs officially confirming.
Restoration has just begun, which will include repair/replacement of the floors, replacement of approximately 10% of the structural ribs, full replacement of the deck corking, full stripping and re-varnishing inside out, Bulwark and capping repair, and an interior and topside overhaul. The plan is to convert her from a ketch rig to the original sloop design.
Classic Boat: Nominee for 'Restored Sailing Vessel' over 40ft Classic Boat 2020 Awards, February 2020
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