Buying a HeronMemem



You can purchase a brand new Heron in FRP or composite from Butler Boats. Please contact them directly for more information.




The Heron Dinghy always had home building in mind. If you are interesting in building your own and many people with a garage, some spare time and a will to succeed do. You can purchase the plans directly from us at the association. If you do wish to set off on your own build adventure, you will also get one year’s Heron Association Membership and we will issue you with your own sail number. The Heron Association members will also be able to help you with any technical advice. If this of interest please use the contact us page. The link below also provides guidance on what your build options are. 

Building a Heron Download

Heron Rigs Download

Heron Tech Book



Like many Dinghies, you will see second hand Herons come up quite regularly on popular market/bidding websites (you know who we mean) and dedicated second hand boat websites. This is often a good way into Heron Sailing and boats in good/reasonable condition can be purchased cost effectively.  We also list boats for sale here.

Sails Wanted!

WANTED Suit of second hand sails for a gaff rigged Heron. Ideally a mainsail and a 79% Genoa, but whatever is available would be fine. Condition wise, preferably a suit that could do well in club racing. Please contact Graham Long on either 07432853732 or e-mail to, if you think you might have anything suitable.

Sails Wanted/Sail Exchange 

I recently bought a Heron, number 9031. Very pleased with the boat, which came with a set of almost new sails in tan. My boat has the gunter rig, which I am happy to retain. However I think the sails have been made to suit a bermudan rig, with full width tensioned top batten and a second eyelet at the tack, presumably for a cunningham type luff tensioner. The jib is more conventional. I am very keen to get a set of cruising sails for gunter rig and wonder if any member has a decent set they want to sell or maybe exchange for mine. I will only use the boat for cruising (I live at Frogmore on the Salcombe estuary), and intend to fit a topping lift and reefing gear. I generally sail single handed. Apart from the sail situation, if any member has relevant advice or tips for me, please let me know. I previously had a Mirror so the basic layout is quite similar. I also need to fit a small outboard, any suggestions on that score would be appreciated. My ‘phone number is 01548 531576 or 07961 283303 Brett Parsons

Heron 1838 For Sale


Bordon, in NE Hampshire, wooden Heron dinghy, dating from the 1960s. it has been under cover in the dry for many years has mast, rudder, centreboard etc. Would need new set of sails. a cardboard tube containing detailed plans of how to build one is also included. No road trailer.

 Ian Ross, Tel 07909 954317 and email