L.F. Herreshoff H-28

Herreshoff “H-28” Specifications

LOA: 28′ 0″ * LOD: * LWL: 23′ 1.5″ * Beam: 8′ 9″ * Draft: 3′ 6″ * Displacement: 10,500 lbs * Ballast: 2,800 lbs
Sail Area: 343 sq ft * Design Number: 80 * Yard Number: * Rig: Masthead Ketch * Designer: L.F. Herreshoff *
Built by: * Year First Built: 1942 * Restored By: * Current Name: * Current Owner: * Sail Number:

Known Racing History: ?




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  1. Damian Ellwood

    Was the boat name and/or owner of the lovely H28 in the photo, above, ever identified? I would appreciate an opportunity to exchange emails regarding the design, particularly the addition of the bowsprit.

    Regard from “down under”


    • Roger Prichard

      Yes, as it happens, she’s mine … and that’s me in the photo, just stumbled on it now. Her name is “Gwylan” and she was built in 1977 by McKie (“Nick”) Roth in Westport, Maine. I’m the second owner. She’s built almost entirely as designed, except for the bowsprit, no spreaders on the mizzen, and no cedar bucket. I highly recommend the bowsprit. With the forestay on a removable turnbuckle, I can set and easily handle a good sized genoa on the headstay, which is a blessing in light air as this is quite a heavy boat. The sprit also makes a wonderful place to hang the anchor – safe, out of the way, and easy to single-hand, which I do much of the time. I sail her on the Delaware River around Philadelphia (location of the photo) and do a cruise on the Chesapeake in the Spring and Fall. I’ll be glad to talk about these sweet boats at great length!

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