GOOD NEWS FROM HERITAGE #17 IN FLORIDA
January 07, 2017 update from Kenny Hopkin
and Minka #17 in Florida.
Good news regarding Minka. Some good luck has come my way and I will
not be selling Minka. Also, after a lot of research I have built a
single handed mast raising system for her. Mast is up and sails are
hanked on. I have no genoa and was curious where you found your red and
white one? I would like to find a used one in decent shape. I also have
copies of Howies blue prints/ line drawings that lists all sail and
All of the work I have been doing to her should be coming to an end in
the next month or so. Then her/my 1st shakedown cruise. I have promised
my grandsons that I will trailer her up to the Chesapeake bay in late
May early June for a month, then on to North Haven, Maine to sail with
friends on the island.
I'll try and get pics and video of her first trailer launch in 30
years...so stay tuned. How is progress on Gabriella coming?
to which Andy Davidhazy replied:
Hi Kenny, Good to hear these news! sounds like you have an exciting
adventure ahead this year. I would be interested in particular to see
what kind of system you set up to raise the mast.
The red striped "drifter" (light weight oversized genoa) came with the
boat from Steve Cassella. I don't know where he got it from. The specs
for it were not with the Heritage drawings as far as I know. They did
show a spinaker though if I recall. Not sure if there were specs for it.
Work on the Adria is at a standstill. I think we will not do any
updates on her. Our sailing season last year was pretty good. Hopefully
things will be similar this year. I'd like to be on a calmer body of
water but not convinced to move to a "finger" lake ... although a few
are sizeable. We are Lloking forward to stories and photos of you
progress. You may have read that Christy is moving to San Juan island
in the PNW. And taking her Aeolus with her and looking forward to
Heritage One is in Austin in storage. My older son has great plans for
her but one problem is the lack of expertise to refurbish/operate the
inboard Westerbeke engine. No experienced sailboat diesel engine
mechanics in Austin! So we will see what "develops" with her.Well,
congratulations and fair winds be with you!!
In spite of the fact that Minka is not for
sale it is interesting to see the complement of equipment that Kenny
has cataloged at the time that
Minka was being prepared for a possible sale!
click on the
photographs below to see them in a larger size
Minka is Heritage hull #17 built in
1979. She has spent most of her life indoors.
Interior and all bilge and
hidden areas are freshly painted and super clean.
She has new fresh wiring
and electronics including:
New Airmar shoot through
hull depth transducer and guage.
New Plastimo mini contest
New 900 gph bilge pump
New ICOM VHF w/DSR radio
& new wire/antenna.
New navigation lights all
2 -new 12v electrical
Newmar dual bank battery
charger and Vetus mushroom vent.
Full compliment of sails
and spares & black anodized mast/boom. Newer standing rigging.
8hp 1998 Evinrude 2 stroke
extra long shaft outboard with heavy duty motor mount on transom.
Dual axle galvanized
trailer has new tires and new hydraulic brake actuator and brake lines.
All of the original boat
drawings as well. Most of the work is nearly done on her and was a
Exterior hull, topsides
and teak need polishing up and I have all the necessary products.
So much comes with Minka
that I cannot list all of it here, the boxes will fill the interior.
Located in north
central Florida near Lake City.
I would be open to offers and discussion in the $9000.00 range.
Call for more information.
I can be reached at 443
exchange (Novenber 2015) about Minka ...
Kenny, How did you transport the mast ... since, like #1, Minka does
not have bow or stern pulpits either. On my boat these are the devices
that I place and fasten the mast to for transport. What did you do?
I have neither bow nor stern pulpit on Minka, just like
Howies number 1. I used a 2x4 and made a Y for the rear of the mast,
laid the padded mast in the tabernacle.
Not shown in the picture I built a small saw horse for the front to
balance everything out. Then I lashed everything firmly in place. Did
not move at all in transit. I checked the lines for tightness every
time I got fuel. I have attached a picture from the day I left AZ
showing what I did with the mast.
Thanks Kenny, Makes sense and I was thinking along the same lines with
the tabernacle taking some or most of the weight. Got another question:
It looks like most of the weight of the boat is resting on the keel of
the boat and not so much on the side "stabilizers". Would you say that
is the case?
Also I think I notice that the tongue of the trailer is rather
long ... is that the case and if so are you relying on an extension
built-into the trailer? It seems like you are.
And is there an "eye" in the bow of Minka that the winch is
fastened to pull her forward ... at least when floating or partially
Andy, Yes, the weight is entirely on the keel, stabilizers just balance
the boat in place. I used two 3500 lb winch straps to hold the boat in
place from bouncing around. Check frequently. I have an abnormally long
tongue on my trailer, stock. It is somewhat adjustable but a pain to
do. The eye on the bow is cabled to the v-notch on the trailer winch. I
am leaving shortly for a weekend film shoot in Georgia. Back on
Tuesday. Happy to help.
story of how Kenny
Hopkins became the new owner of Minka, Hull # 17
July 26, 2014
My name is Kenny
Hopkins, in Portal, AZ and I was sent
a link to your Heritage 20 page from Barry Reitz in Sierra Vista, AZ. I
am in the slow process of purchasing "MINKA" hull #17 from Barry.
(making payments, probably a year or so away) Great little ship
compare favorably to the Pacific Seacraft "Flicka 20 " which I have
owned in the past. I would like to be added to your mailing list
please. MINKA has no power plant and I was wondering how well your
Tohatsu 3.5 is doing for propulsion? Would you recommend a larger 6hp
or possibly 10hp?
443 553 8365
Previous owner was Barry Rietz
of Sierra Vista, AZ.