AU $38,000 Negotiable Need Finance?
28' - 8.53m
Leisure, Cruising, Racing
Hobart Region Kettering TAS
Launch Year
Hull Material
Timber Fully splined and copper fastened kauri pine 35x40mm at 325mm centres

AU $38,000 Negotiable    Need Finance?
Description: Herreshoff 28 - 1957 NZ Kauri pine classic. Encumbrance Check?
Beautiful 1957 kauri pine Herreshoff 28 ketch in exceptional order.
Professionally built, Minerva is a much improved and loved traditional H28.
The feature boat of the 2003 Australian Wooden Boat Festival, she is fully set up and equipped, ready to enjoy.
Reluctant sale, but I've acquired another boat

Hobart Region Kettering TAS
Launch Year
To come
L. Francis Herreshoff
Montgomery's Boatyard
28' - 8.53m
2.74m (9ft)
1.22m (4ft)
6.5 tonne
Keel / Ballast
Full timber keel with lead ballast. Bronze and SS bolts through floors and keel. Dry bilge.
Hull Material
Timber Fully splined and copper fastened kauri pine 35x40mm at 325mm centres
Deck Material
Marine plywood, fibreglass sheathed (1993)
Engine Make
Volvo Penta
3 cylinder 21hp diesel engine. Installed 2014 by Hughes Marine in Kettering. New (in 2014) exhaust system, waterlock and hoses, saltwater intake system, anti-syphon valve, sea strainer and hoses, along with new control cables and single lever control. Regularly serviced.
Number Engines
Horse Power
Fuel Type
Engine Hours
Cruise Speed
5-5.5 knots
50 litres in SS tank.
25 litres in original copper water tank.
Sleeps 3. Two in saloon and one starboard side quarter berth. Forpeak could be reconfigured as a v-berth.
Two burner gas stove. SS sink with foot pump. Good bench space, with extension.
Storage in racks and cupboards.
Portable Dometic 12/24 volt refrigerator.
2 burner gas stove
Large canvas boat cover. Main and mizzen sail covers. Cockpit awning with aluminium battens.
Ground Tackle
27lb plough anchor + 40m x 8mm chain. Manual anchor winch (requiring installation)
Safety Gear
Lifebuoy. 4 x life jackets. Flares. First aid kit.
Bilge Pumps
1 x Whale Gusher manual bilge pump. 1 x 12v submersible bilge pump with float switch
Life Jackets
4 In safety grab bag
Fire Protection
3 x dry powder fire extinguishers
2 x 12v marine batteries (new in 2021) with auto charging relay for efficiency charging.
Navigation lights. Spreader lights on main and mizzen.
Dual battery isolator switch and battery cables new in 2014.
Sail Inventory
Mainsail (new 2014 by StormBaySails) in 7oz dacron. Excellent condition.
130% Genoa on Plastimo furler. Working jib (battened). MPS. Mizzen (battened). Yankee. Fisherman. Mizzen staystail.
Black, yellow and red asymmetrical spinnaker (genakker) in excellent condition.
Mast / Rigging
Ketch cutter rig with Oregon timber masts, booms and bowsprit.
Main mast fully rebuilt late 2021 by Jonathan Minnebo. Beautifully varnished by Jon in Awlwood epoxy varnish.
New Oregon Derwent Class style bowsprit late 2021. New bronze and copper fittings to match.
Main mast standing rigging all new in 2021. Mizzen mast standing rigging new in 2016.
Plastimo furler.
Two Murray bronze bottom action sheet winches
Deck Gear
4 x fenders. Extendible boat hook. Brass barometer. Brass clock.
Built in 1957 by Montgomery's Shipwrights in Brighton, Victoria, from NZ Kauri, Minerva was associated with the Sandringham YC, before coming to Tasmania in the 1980s.
Minerva has had several custodians since, and has spent most of her Tassie years at home in the Channel, namely Kettering and Barnes Bay.
Trophy plates adorn the interior, mostly bearing the name of R. Aldridge. Roger was a colourful character who raced Minerva very competitively, working on the principal that he only need to complete every twilight race to win the series! The current Minerva crew added a trio of trophies in 20-21 when we took out the KYC Division 3 season.
Minerva has the feeling of a boat that has always been loved, and she gives back in spades. It really feels like Minerva always has your back!
Over the 3 years of my custodianship, we've competed regularly with the KYC. Some conditions suit a H28 more than others, but she's always a joy to be out on.
We've cruised up and down the Channel on many trips and regularly taken her up to the city for a weekend on the tiles!
At the beginning of 2021, we did a lap of Bruny Island and, while the conditions were largely benign, Minerva behaved beautifully in larger swell off the south coast.
Minerva is a classic, traditional Herreshoff 28, and has that "sea kindly" behaviour often attributed to the L. Francis Herreshoff design.
I don't really want to sell Minerva, but temptation got the better of me and I have acquired a 1962 Robb 35 sloop in teak (final image). I cannot become a fleet owner. I've seen what that does to people's lives! And Marco Polo is something of a project boat and I'll need the dosh to fund the work, so Minerva is, a little reluctantly, up for sale.
Each custodian has done a little more to her to ensure that Minerva is not only in top shape, but gradually improved and made even more sea worthy. The peace of mind from knowing such improvements have been made is priceless.
Her Kauri hull is fully splined and was taken back and anti-fouled in July 21. Her topsides were prepared and painted beautifully by Chris Moncrief.
Hughes Marine installed a new Volvo Penta 21hp in 2014 (now 350 hours), along with a new exhaust, waterlock and hoses etc. Regularly serviced, the 21hp Volvo is easy to live with and pushes Minerva along easily in any conditions.
A dismasting in September 21 (a scarf above the spreaders gave way due to delaminated glues) launched Minerva onto her latest round of serious long-term improvements. The Oregon mast was not only repaired at the break by Jonathan Minnebo, but totally rebuilt. The new scarf, using new fined grained Oregon, now is now very long, bridging above and below the spreaders, and all other potential issues were repaired. Electrical cables were internally routed and a jarrah wedge was installed for the sail track to grip into. Jonathan has done incredible work on the mast, including beautiful varnishing with Awlwood, setting Minerva up for her next chapter.
All main mast rigging was re-done by Brierley Marine and installed by Matt Morris and Kerrawyn!
Two terminal cracks were discovered in the bowsprit and Minerva now sports a beautifully varnished bowsprit from a Derwent Class, complete with new bronze and copper fittings.
Once all of this work was done, Minerva's decks, cabin and cockpit were all taken back and repainted. New anti-slip surfaces were applied at the end of 21.
Some of the bright work (where showing wear) was taken back to the timber and varnishing has restarted. 3 coats are on now, with more to be applied.
Minerva has a characterful and cosy interior. It's light and bright, with enough timber work for that traditional feel. The interior is in beautiful condition, with 65 years of patina intentionally kept.
She has a great little galley, with plenty of bench and cupboard space and has a great little gas cooker. Minerva also comes with a 2 year old Dometic 12/24 volt refrigerator, in great condition.
The saloon can be configured traditionally with two berths, or as a double (I will supply the double base). She has a quarter berth and the forpeak could be reconfigured as a v-berth.
Minerva is very well set up with everything you'll need on-board for a fantastic Channel and coastal cruiser, and while there too many items to mention here, it's worth noting her full suite of sails, all in very good to excellent condition, along with two new sail covers (main and mizzen) made by Storm Bay Sails over the past two years.
You can find plenty of Minerva's recent history on the instagram page, @sail. The. Channel.
**Nb. Having just been re-rigged, a little more needs to be completed. The Plastimo furler needs one more section to complete its assembly. Boots for the main and mizzen are being made by SBS. The safety lines need to be reinstalled. The main mast vang needs to be reinstalled. These tasks will be complete

Chris Crerar