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NIGHT HERON

52' Custom Brewer Cutter-rigged Pilothouse Sloop

Proven Single- and Short-handed Circumnavigator

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SHORT DESCRIPTION

Night Heron is a custom 52' fiberglass pilothouse/center-cockpit cutter-rigged sloop sailboat. The vessel was designed by the well known naval architect Ted Brewer. Holiday Boats, Inc. of Mariveles, Bataan, Philippines (Lloyds certified and building to ABS standards), began construction in 1988 and launched the boat in the fall of 1990.

Night Heron was purposely built for serious offshore passage making and single-/short-handed sailing. The layout has two staterooms (forward and aft) with lots of room, lockers and safety features. The thought and care of layout, lockers, stowage and sailing abilities is far greater than the average vessel of this size, build, and planned use. The designer's plans and builder's scantlings are rugged and suitable for most any conditions found when cruising throughout the world. The pilothouse is most functional for bad weather sailing and for night watch details in warmth and comfort, instead of being out in the cockpit. However, the ability to fully enclose the cockpit with the recently added dodger and curtains affords complete, all-weather comfort in the cockpit as well. The raised salon dinette area allows excellent visibility all around, not usually found in most pilothouse sailboats. The vessel is cutter-rigged with an electric furling headsail and a furling, self-tending staysail. The aluminum mast is a keel-stepped sail-stowing mast with double aluminum spreaders, mast steps to the first spreaders, a gallows supported aluminum boom, and mast mounted aluminum spinnaker pole. The mast is supported by Dyform stainless steel wire shrouds and stays with Norseman fittings. A 90hp Ford-Lehman inboard marine diesel engine drives a Luke feathering propeller. There also is a 14.5KW Norpro diesel generator. The boat accomodates both 120 volt and 240 volt, 5O amp shore power service with an automatic voltage sensing transformer.  

Night Heron is a proven, exceptionally well built, rugged, serious offshore sailing vessel that has been sailed halfway around the world by a retired couple of only modest strength and physical ability, without additional crew. Roller furling, a dependable autopilot, a dry and comfortable watch-keeping station, and a boat that moves comfortably in a seaway and balances well under sail all contribute to Night Heron's successful passage making and easy short-handed sailing in all conditions.

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LONG DESCRIPTION

Night Heron is a 52 foot pilothouse cutter-rigged sloop of quality fiberglass construction, custom designed by American naval architect Ted Brewer, built by Holiday Boats of Mariveles, Bataan, Philippines, and launched in 1990 under full American and Canadian supervision.

The objectives of both design and construction were to create a comfortable, strong, high quality offshore sailing vessel capable of making long ocean passages, but readily manageable by a crew of two.

The choice of Ted Brewer as designer was based on Ted's fine reputation for creating spacious, sea-kindly cruising boats that sail well, and also for his experience with pilothouse designs.  Ted used his very successful Cape North 43 as the starting point for Night Heron's hull lines.

From the outset, the original owners planned to live aboard Night Heron for a number of years, so they strived to create a comfortable and functional home afloat (both at sea and at anchor), as well as a safe and capable sailing vessel. Under the owner's supervision, every inch of storage space was eked out of Night Heron's roomy hull and transformed into lockers, drawers and bins of all sizes. There is specialized storage for file folders, coffee thermoses, tools, cassettes, CD's, spices, books, and many other things.  Clothing storage lockers in the aft stateroom are sufficient to swallow two entire wardrobes. Berths are queen sized with 6" high-density foam mattresses. Both showers are separate to keep water out of the rest of the bathroom.  The foam core in the hull insulates against heat, cold and noise and it prevents condensation from forming inside the boat, even in cool weather when the heat is on. The aft cabin is quiet for sleeping, even when a band is playing all night nearby.  On a hot, muggy evening, if you close the hatches and cool down the boat with the AC, it will stay comfortably cool the rest of the night.  Ten dorade vents, seven opening ports, ten hatches, and ten electric fans (plus three air conditioner-heat pumps) fill the boat with fresh air and provide good circulation even in rainy weather or when underway.

The pilothouse is an important part of the Night Heron concept, bringing daylight below and giving the ability to see what's happening around the boat without going outside. At sea, it keeps the watch keeper safe and comfortable inside, out of the weather. The raised floor of the pilothouse also provides space for a larger than usual engine, generator, and equipment room below.

At the time of constructing Night Heron, Holiday Boats (HBI) was a Lloyds certified yard located in Mariveles, Bataan, Philippines. HBI was managed by an American and was then producing powerboats of 30 to 80 feet and sailboats of 36 to 65 feet to Lloyds and ABS standards with a management staff of 10 and approximately 150 workmen.  The production manager of the sailboat division had previously managed production of Little Harbor Yachts in Taiwan. All stages of Night Heron's construction were also surveyed by the owner's independent consultant, Stuart W. Purvis.  Mr. Purvis is a Canadian who has been building sailboats in the US and abroad for over 30 years.  The original owners also moved to the Philippines to live near the boatyard during construction and made frequent visits to oversee the process.

Night Heron has been sailed halfway around the world by a retired couple of only modest strength and physical ability, without additional crew.  Roller furling, a dependable autopilot, a dry and comfortable watch keeping station, and a boat that moves comfortably in a seaway and balances well under sail all contribute to Night Heron's successful passage-making and easy short-handed sailing in all conditions.

In summary, Night Heron is one of the best 50' Pilothouse yachts on the market today.  She is well thought out, engineered and executed.  Her condition is superb and the asking price is reasonable.

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