The original owner had intended to buy a Heard 28, however could not agree terms with Martin Heard, he therefore approached Percy Dalton to draw up a new set based on another wooden working boat (with the owner’s permission). The new hull was constructed by the Cygnus Boatyard in 1979. Percy Dalton also devised a rig and sail plan and the rest of the vessel and internals were finished by the owner, in conjunction with a local shipwright.

In 2010 Dayspring was sold to her second owner who planned to take her to the Mediterranean, she was completely overhauled, under a surveyor’s supervision. Works included the replacement of mast, gaff, galley, heads, running rigging, lighting, power and navigation equipment. Sadly, the Mediterranean cruise never happened and she was laid up in Weymouth for several years.

Dayspring came into my ownership in October 2020, subsequent work in 2021 included new standing and running rigging, new bowsprit, teak deck re-caulked and new engine.

She is now based in Plymouth and hoping to participate in many of the classic regattas in the south west.

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