The boat, Green Heron, that Gilbert Klingel built allowed him to continue his passion for observing the far ends of creeks and rivers, where wildlife and plant life were undisturbed. She draws only a foot of water and remains upright on the shore. She is a scow design which is flat-bottomed and her sail was Lateen, which is standard on flat-bottomed boats.
She was built in 1977 at his boatyard and remained active until his death in 1983. Since then, she has been on the “hard” as sailors say for 40 years. The MMF hopes to restore her as a museum piece to celebrate our maritime heritage.