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1977 Heritage Custom Build Cutter

** SOLD **

  • $33,000 USD
  • John PetersonCPYB
  • Sold
  • Used
  • Ketch
  • 1977
  • Heritage Custom Build
  • Cutter
  • New Bern, North Carolina, US
  • Sail
  • 35ft / 10.67 m
  • 11ft 5in / 3.48 m
  • Honda
  • 9.9
  • Outboard
  • Unleaded
  • Fiberglass
  • 2014-05-02
  • 2015-01-15
  • 1526226

$33,000 buys this beautiful and unique boat.  Super Firm Price.


Although the hull is a 1977, it was partially completed and sat for many years.  What transpired is a beautiful sailboat with Heritage lines yet she does not resemble the Heritage 35 beyond that.  The workmanship is beautiful and PELICAN is a special boat that will require an owner appreciates the workmanship, unique layout and sailing capabilities. 


If you are looking for an extraordinary, yet unique, sailboat-you owe it to yourself to consider PELICAN.  You will be amazed and not disappointed.




Current owner has re-worked the entire boat.  There are now only two thru-hulls and a completely rebuilt cockpit area.  The seller will spend ample time with the buyer to ensure all systems, construction, and rigging are understood.

The following original construction details were written by the original owner:

Pelican’s hull was molded in 1977 by Heritage Yacht Corp.  Until we purchased her in May 1979, the hull was stored in the mold in the corner of the shop. Construction commenced in May 1980 we first had the entire inside of the hull sandblasted t low pressure to remove any wax glaze and prepare the hull for lamination.  Three layers of ¾” x 3 ½ spruce was epoxied to the hull for the sheer clamp and 2” PVC pipe, split an half, serves as care for the ribs and stringers.  We then added 8” x 24” 24 oz. Fabmat over the PVC.  The stringers divided the hull into four panels along its length.  Ribs were added in areas without bulkheads to localize any collision cracks.  The largest unsupported panel in the boat is less than three square feet.  It should be noted that the rib/stringer system was added to an already substantial hull, tapering from more than 3/8” at the sheer to 1 ½” thick in the bottom of the keel.  All partial bulkheads are “key-hole” laminated to the hull and all bulkheads are landed in foam and heavily glassed in place with 8” x 12” 24 oz. Fabmat.  The bulkheads and skeg core are ¾” fir plywood, laminated from two layers of 3/8” on diagonals.  All the bulkheads were built over sized and lifting in for fitting.  A watertight bulkhead forms the forward wall of the two self-bailing lazarettes accessible from the cockpit.  One serves as the propane locker and stern anchor line storage while the other holds outboard fuel and dingy supplies.

The hull was built in a two piece mold, bolted together on centerline.  The primary topside lamination was done in two pieces to allow workers better access to lower sections.  The mold was then joined and the lamination completed.  We subsequently taped over the centerline seam with 8”, 24 oz. Fabmat from the waterline to waterline to ensure complete structural integrity. 

2000 lbs. of lead cast into a 7” thick “Scheel” type keel shoe is bolted in place with five 7/8” stainless steel bolts through the internal lead.  2000 lbs. was cast into bricks and tightly stacked into the bilge with type, shot and small bits of scrap lead and sand in to fills all voids.  Three layers of 24 oz. Fabmat cap the top.

The hull is insulated with 5/8” closed cell foam from shear clamp to floorboard.  This is covered with aromatic red cedar or white pine ceilings in the living areas and clothes lockers and heavy vinyl coverings below the settees and under the berth.  The vinyl is easy to clean and damps rattles in the galley locker.

½” to 1 ½” deck seams are laminated pine and fir epoxied and screwed to the shear clamp with #18 screws.  3/8” fir marine ply over ¼” mahogany ply constitute the major portion of the deck and cabin top.  An extra ¼” layer was let into the deck beams to give a total of 7/8” in way of the mast and chain plates, and under the windlass and foredeck cleats.   Decking ply extends to the inside of the hull, 3” to 8” below the flange.  This space was filled with cedar blocking and epoxy, locking the deck to the beams under the actual sheer molding and results in a 1 ½” thick bulwark around the boat.

The cockpit coamings were laminated as separate units, four layers of 24 oz. Fabmat with a ½” plywood core in the top, and taped to the deck using glass and epoxy with structural fillets.  The boxes have an 8” wide top for seating, 14” height to serve as backrests and also have partitioned storage for deck gear.  The partitions are stiffening webs for the winch mounting and the after end of each coaming is a water trap ventilator.  The final step in deck construction was to cover this entire structure from sheer to sheer with 17 oz. biaxial roving load in epoxy.  This bonds the deck, house, and coamings into a single unit and locks it to the hull.

The rudder is basically a stainless steel construction.  The blade core, rudder head, and tiller attachment, pintails and rudder tube are a welded unit with kledge cell foam and 17 oz. biaxial roving in epoxy over all for fairing and finish.  Two massive gudgeons were fabricated to match with substantial delrin bushings fitted to minimize wear,  The bottom of the rudder is supported by a cast bronze heel fitting, also with delrin bushing, bolted through the bottom of the skeg.

When designing the accommodations, we tried to make things more interesting by using different types of wood for a primary theme in each living space, Maple provides a sturdy counter and accents dark blue mica cabinetry in the galley.

The salon contrasts varnished walnut with white bulkheads.  The dark, rich color of the navigation desk, settee backs. And trim, and the folding dining table lend a comfortable warmth to a light and airy space.

Teak trims pale mica in the head and white pine ceilings brighten the forepeak.  The sole throughout is teak parquet set in epoxy over plywood sub-sole.  Hatches provide access to the full length of the bilge.  A built-in removable dustpan eases cleanup.

The fresh water system includes three bladder tanks connected by a gallery system on both drain and fill, allowing complete isolation and selective fill or drain of any tank.  The tanks are removable for cleaning.  While foot pumps bring both fresh and seawater to the galley sink.

Four bronze seacocks/through hull units by Blake serve the head inlet and outlet, the drain, and the seawater pump in the galley sink.

All decks trim and fittings are teak, as is the capped rub rail.  The rub rail is bolted through to the sheer clamp. 

3/8” thick chain plates are bolted through aluminum bearing plates which triple the loaded area of the bulkhead.

All cleats, sheeting tracks, winches, and windlass are backed up with aluminum plates and extra plywood under the deck.

The mast step on deck is a custom stainless steel fabrication with a removable front shoe.

Pelican was constructed to be a simple, strong, self-sufficient sailing home for a couple with occasional guests.  She was launched and commissioned in September 1984 but has spent a significant portion of her life in storage due to the demands of work and life.  The first period was October 1985 through January 1987-mast down, all standing rigging and running rigging and deck gear stowed out of the weather.  April 1988 found us on the move again.

We have found on several cruises that sailing without an auxiliary provides challenges and great satisfaction.  With sails for nearly any condition, Pelican ghosts nicely on catspaw days with ¾ oz. wind seeker jib and a 3.3 oz. drifter main.  For upwind sailing, the 160% genoa fills in until 10 knots of true wind, the 140% until a true 18 knots, with a reef in the main at about 14 knots true.  The 110% takes over through the second reef, if close short tacking is required.  We have quite successfully short tacked narrow channels and through bridges, both fixed and opening, and sailed to and from slips and moorings frequently, 

Both the #2 and #3 are reefable genoas, allowing a range from 140-130-125-110-11-90 with only one sail change.  The genoa halyard is double-ended with a JIB down haul line.  As the sail is raised, the down hauls runs up the head taking the halyard tail from the cockpit forward along the side deck.  This dramatically reduces clutter and also allows complete headsail control from the cockpit.

Hen becalmed, we have the option of using the dingy as a push boat.  With the dingy nose against the transom, the outboard comfortably produces 3.5 knots and better with the main up.  We have found this quite adequate for winding, windless channels, and “making an anchorage before dark”.  Not being a big engine fan, we decided to have one that could also go into 10” of water was well as push the big boat on windless days.  Needless to say, it is also cheaper and easier to service.

When anchored, Pelican can ear awnings from stem to stern; the main awning also has a removable side curtain and a roll down sunset awning.  We have been anchored in 50 knot squalls with a full awnings set out and the low wedge shape of the profile and stout aluminum pipes lashed to the shrouds kept the canvas stable and under control.  “Aunt Martha” our wind generator hoists above the forward awning.  The combination of Aunt Martha and a 2.2 Amp solar panel have provide us with enough power to run fans, stereo, tape player, interior lighting, and navigation gear without any problems.  For passages, the solar panel can be tied in a sunny spot on deck and plugged into an axillary outlet in the main companionway or the foredeck at the forward hatch.


The interior of the boat is beautiful and done tastefully with natural wood parquet floors, wood trim made from walnut and teak, textured bulkheads and matching fabrics.

You can board onto the wide side decks by way of port and starboard boarding gates.  The side decks offer ample maneuverability fore and aft.  The foredeck is flat and easy to seat with deck chairs.  The cockpit is protected by a bimini top and the sides are configured to catch rain water into a gutter system which can be drained into collection jugs.  The cockpit settees are now elevated so seating is very comfortable.  The tiller can be lifted up and out of the way to allow room while at the dock.  The outboard motor is situated along the starboard stern on a lifting outboard bracket to keep the outboard out of the water when needed.  The companionway has a protective Sunbrella enclosure are well.  Down the steps you enter the main cabin.  The companionway steps can be “folded” to port allowing easy access into the aft section.  The aft section is a great storage location and the chest refrigeration system is along the starboard entry.  One could add an inboard engine utilizing this space.  There are ample storage areas currently.  Back to the main cabin and to port is a double Pullman berth.  Along the starboard side is the U-shaped galley with propane stove and oven, a stainless steel sink and backsplash, ceramic tiles above the backsplash and ample storage cabinets.  Further forward are port and starboard settees.  Aft of the port settee is the navigation station with a desk and electronics.  Outboard are storage shelves.  The starboard settee has outboard storage shelves as well.  There is an offset to starboard dinette table with folding leafs.  The forward bulkheads are covered with textured wall coverings.  Further forward and to starboard is the head.  Although the head room is short, the space offers a Porta-potti, sink, and storage cabinets.  The bulkheads are covered with textured wall coverings.  Across from the head is a large hanging locker with storage.  The forward cabin could be used as an additional berth with the addition of a cushion.  The area is now used for storage with large shelves along the starboard side, shelf along the port side and hooks for hanging ropes. 


Located down and along the starboard side, the galley is set up well and offers ample storage and counter tops.

  • Single, large stainless steel sink and backsplash with ceramic tile trim
  • Force 10 propane 2 burner stove top and oven
  • Storage cabinets in counter and under counter
  • Opening ports
  • Single cold water faucet


  • Molded pulpit with stainless steel anchor roller
  • Ideal 12 volt electric windlass with foot switch
  • 35 lbs. Plow anchor with 200 ft. of chain
  • Secondary 50 lbs. Fluke anchor with chain and rope rode
  • Bow deck light prisms into main cabin
  • Stainless steel stanchions with stainless steel life line
  • Port and starboard boarding gates
  • (2) teak based, PVC dorades on bow deck
  • Stern starboard fish table mounted on deck rail
  • Cockpit emergency bilge pump
  • Cockpit is self-draining
  • Sunbrella bimini with clear top windows to view mast and sails
  • Cockpit with outboard storage
  • Overhead hatches, opening ports with screens

Sail & Rigging

  • Cutter rigged
  • Carbon Fiber spinnaker pole mounted and stored on main mast
  • Split back stay
  • Double spreaders on main mast
  • All stainless steel rigging and chain plates
  • Norseman turnbuckles and terminal ends
  • Garhauer traveler for main sail
  • (2) Barient #21 winches
  • (2) Barient #23 winches on cabin top
  • Gibb 28-RA 2 speed winch on starboard cabin top
  • Barient #22 on port cabin top
  • Barient #23 on port cabin top
  • Barient #25 in cockpit
  • 8 oz. Tan Bark main sail
  • 10 oz. Tan Bark Tri-Sail with its own track
  • 5 oz. Tan Bark genoa
  • 8 oz. Tan Bark Yankee
  • 8 oz. White staysail


  • (2) Playtime compasses in cockpit
  • Uniden MC 1010 VHF radio
  • Furuno GPS Navigator
  • Raytheon Auto helm AP-100 with wind wane steering
  • Standard Horizon DS-35 depth indicator in companionway, easy to see from helm

Mechanical Equipment

The original design was for an inboard engine however, none was ever added.  The current engine is an outboard engine on an adjustable mounting bracket on stern.  There is ample room for the addition of an inboard engine.

  • Honda 9.9 hp 4-stroke outboard
  • Honda Remote Control engine control in cockpit with safety switch
  • Built-in 14 gallon gasoline tank
  • Tiller steering with trim tab autopilot
  • 12 volt DC power only
  • (2) large solar panels mounted port and starboard cockpit

Broker's Remarks

WOW! You have to see this special and one of a kind sailboat. She will make you smile just like she did to me.


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

For Sale By United Yacht Sales

110 SW Atlanta Avenue
Stuart, Florida, 34994