Optional Floorboard and Rear Thwart Removal – Motions to allow optional removal of the rear thwart and floorboards from the Heron were carried in September 2019. Revised by laws including these changes can now be accessed from the Building and Measurement page. Changes to the Measurement Form will be carried out shortly. Guidelines on floor strengthening after removal of floorboards can be found here.
Herons can be built in timber using stitch and glue or traditional frame construction. Plans for timber construction can be obtained by completing a Heron Plan Order Form
The Heron hull, rig and foils are controlled by measurements to ensure even competition. These measurements are contained in the By Laws (last amended 25 September 2019) and are summarised in the Heron Measurement Form. Boats must demonstrate compliance to these measurements through assessment by a registered measurer prior to participation in State or National competition.
Click here to find a list of the members of the Measurement Committee and Measurers in each state (as at July 2019).
Click here to find plans to construct a cradle for your Heron
Here are some hints and tips for building a stitch and glue Heron
Here are some hints on cutting ply accurately when fitting side tanks
A Heron building instruction booklet was released in around 1967. It was originally written for construction of Bennett Kits in the U.K. but contains helpful information for building a framed boat.