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10 ton Hillyard ketch

(REF: 23142)


  • Designer: David Hillyard
  • Builder: Hillyards of Littlehampton
  • Year: 1968
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 33'
  • Beam: 9'7"
  • Draft: 5'3"
  • Tonnage: 10TM

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Wooden Ships Comments

10 ton Hillyard ketch built by Hillyards in 1968.

One of the later design evolutions with a hard chine to increase internal volume.

Bought by the present owner in 2014, she had previously been in the same ownership for over 40 years and had been maintained to a very high standard.  In the present ownership she has had a thorough cosmetic overhaul inside and out making her a very smart and tidy yacht.  She has also had a new rudder stock, re-caulked garboard seams and all new sail and hatch covers.

She also has a relatively new all over winter cover to fit around the masts making an ideal storage environment when ashore.

This is a very smart yacht but also quite original that has not been messed about with too much.  She is an extremely comfortable cruising boat for a couple with a large aft berth and spacious saloon, plus she is very easy to handle with her moderate split rig meaning no individual sail is particularly large or difficult.

A really nice quality Hillyard with plenty of volume for her length and ideal for liveaboard cruising.

Survey from 2018 available.


Length on deck                 33’

Beam                                    9’7”

Draft                                      5’3”

Thames Tonnage             10TM




Carvel planked in mahogany copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

Built with a chine which was a design evolution for the Hillyards giving more interior volume for the same beam.

Oak floors across the centreline.

The bilges have been set with concrete between the floors from original.

Cast iron ballast keel with steel keel bolts.  Keel bolts inspected in situe by a surveyor in 2018.

Sheathed plywood deck with Treadmaster patches recently applied.  Mahogany toe rail and rubbing strake all round.  Stainless steel stanchions, pulpit and pushpit.

Varnished mahogany coachroof coamings with recent quadrant and nosing in varnished mahogany

Sheathed plywood coachroof decks finished in non-slip deck paint

Varnished mahogany open backed wheelhouse with a canvas cover over the aft end.

Metal davits mounted on the transom.




Bermudan ketch rig on deck stepped varnished wooden masts in stainless tabernacles.

Varnished wooden booms with roller furling on the mainsail.

Stainless steel standing rigging to internal stainless chain plates, professionally fitted in previous ownership.  Chain plates have stainless plates around them at deck level to help seal against leaks.

Mainmast has twin lower shrouds, a single cap shroud and twin standing backstays.

Mizzen mast has a single lower, single cap and a jumper strut to support the top of the mast.

Forestay with a roller furling system for the genoa.

Twin varnished spinnaker poles to set twin headsails for downwind sailing if required.




Mercedes Benz Om636 4cyl 36hp diesel in tidy condition.  Regularly serviced, recent fresh water pump and hoses.

Centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.

50 gallon steel fuel tank to starboard in engine space

50 gallon water tank to port in engine space.

4 x Exide 12 volt 115ah marine batteries.  Charged from 35 amp engine alternator or through Victron 30 amp shore power charger.

Pressurised hot water system with a gas boiler.




4 berths in 2 cabins including a large double in aft cabin and 2 single saloon settee berths.

2 heads compartments.

Over 6’2” headroom.

Steps down from the cockpit into the aft cabin which has a very large double berth full breadth.

Heads compartment to port with a Baby Blake sea toilet which discharges directly overboard, hand basin with pressurised hot water.

Step down form the cockpit into the main saloon with chart desk to starboard and galley to port.

Chart desk has large storage space below and electronic instruments above.

Galley has  a gimballed Plastimo Neptune 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill.  Stainless sink with draining board and pressurised hot and cold water.

Main saloon in very smart condition with a port and starboard settee berth.  Storage space below the settees and behind the seat backs.

Dropleaf varnished mahogany table set to port.

Diesel fired cabin heater forward in smart condition.

Storage lockers on forward bulkhead either side.

Starboard side door going forward with a large heads compartment.  Baby Blake sea toilet which discharges directly overboard.  Shower with pressurised hot and cold water, teak grating over a tray which is emptied with an electric pump.  Stainless hand basin on starboard side.

Moving forward with hanging storage either side and a forepeak used solely for storage.  Anchor locker right in the bows.




Full specification and details available upon request





These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.