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    Default How to date a Heron dinghy

    Would anyone be able to give me a rough date for a Heron dinghy please? I need to get one sold. It's GRP, with a wooden gunter rig. Sail number is 8500. That's all I know! Can't see any hull number although 8500 is engraved on a wooden beam across the transom. Built by Bossoms (or Bossons, can't quite make it out) Boatyard in Oxfordshire, according to a small metal plaque on the fibreglass support just under the mast.

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    Default Re: How to date a Heron dinghy

    Quote Originally Posted by Avocet View Post
    Would anyone be able to give me a rough date for a Heron dinghy please? I need to get one sold. It's GRP, with a wooden gunter rig. Sail number is 8500. That's all I know! Can't see any hull number although 8500 is engraved on a wooden beam across the transom. Built by Bossoms (or Bossons, can't quite make it out) Boatyard in Oxfordshire, according to a small metal plaque on the fibreglass support just under the mast.
    Probably mid to late 1980s but the sail number is the all important fact, together with its condition.
    Last edited by VicS; 02-06-19 at 19:06.

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    Default Re: How to date a Heron dinghy

    Try asking the class association - could also be a good way to sell https://www.herondinghy.co.uk/

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    Default Re: How to date a Heron dinghy

    Thanks all. I've e-mailed Bossoms. Tried the class association some weeks ago, but never got a response.

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    Default Re: How to date a Heron dinghy

    I had a GRP Heron a couple of years ago which was sail no 8115. Was told by previous owner that it was a 1983 model, so guess yours would be about 1985??

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    Default Re: How to date a Heron dinghy

    Carbon dating for the early ones.

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    Frankly it's the last thing I would date!

    Tony

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    I do hope you get your date, and that it blossoms into a beautiful friendship.

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    Default Re: How to date a Heron dinghy

    Flowers candle lit dinner if you get lucky finding a hotel with an 11 foot bed may be a problem.

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