Sailing yachts

12 Ton Hillyard Sloop

(REF: 28016)


  • Designer: David Hillyard
  • Builder: David Hillyard
  • Year: 1960
  • Location: Dorset
  • Length on deck: 37'
  • Beam: 9'6"
  • Draft: 5'
  • Tonnage: 12TM

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37’ bermudan sloop 12 ton Hillyard built in 1960 by David Hillyard of Littlehampton.

Major refits in 1993 and 2004 covered a lot of serious jobs and were all well documented.  Currently on the water but in need of some work to bring her back up to scratch.  In the present ownership she has new sails (2015 AND 2020), standing rigging (2017), re-wired (2017), rebuilt engine (2022) and new navigation equipment (2019)

Very practical and comfortable design of yacht with 6 good berths in 3 separate cabins and a large safe central cockpit.  These boats are not going to win races but they will look after the crew and get them around in safety and comfort.

This 12 ton model is far less common than some of the other Hillyards and is a good compromise of length and volume.


Length on deck                 37’

Beam                                    9’6”

Draft                                      5’

Thames Tonnage             12TM


  • Carvel planked in mahogany copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.  Every second timber is laminated to double thickness.
  • Oak back bone and deadwoods with an external cast iron ballast keel.  Fastened with iron bolts, 5 replaced in 2004.  1.25 tons of internal iron ballast as is common with Hillyards.
  • Oak floors across the centreline fastened through the planking with large copper rivets.
  • Marine plywood deck sheathed externally in epoxy glass cloth.  Deck all new in 1993.
  • Varnished mahogany toe rail carried on the galvanised stanchion bases as is common on most Hillyards.  Iroko rubbing strake all round.
  • Fore and aft coachroof with centre cockpit that is enclosed with a canvas sprayhood and cover.  Varnished mahogany coachroof coamings with bronze portlights.
  • Coachroof decks of marine plywood sheathed in epoxy glass cloth.  Varnished mahogany hand rails.
  • Cockpit is very deep, safe and sheltered.  Thwart locker either side with the engine space below the cockpit sole.
  • Wheel steering positioned on the aft cockpit bulkhead with cables to the rudder quadrant.
  • Sliding mahogany doors into the fore and aft accommodation.  Spray hood and cover on a stainless frame make the cockpit totally enclosed.


  • Masthead Bermudan sloop rig on a deck stepped varnished mast.  In usual Hillyard fashion the mast is square hollow section and was new in 2011.
  • Varnished wooden roller reefing boom operated by a lever and ratchet mechanism at the goose neck.
  • Stainless steel standing rigging all new in 2017 to external galvanised chain plates.
  • Furlex 304S roller reefing headsail system fitted new in 2015.
  • Mainsail new in 2020 from Quay Sails, Poole.  Genoa new in 2015 from Quay Sails, Poole.
  • Mainsail cover new in 2012 from Quay Sails, Poole.


  • Volvo Penta MD22L 55hp 4cyl fresh water cooled diesel engine installed new in 2001.  Rebuilt by Purbeck Marine in September 2022.
  • Single lever controls with a centreline stainless shaft to a fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.
  • 70 gallon stainless steel fuel tank port side in the engine space.
  • 3 x 12 volt batteries charged from the engine alternator.
  • 75 gallon galvanised water tank to starboard in the engine space.
  • Boat largely re-wired in 2017.


  • All berths are 6’ + with more than 6’ head-room in the saloon, slightly less in the aft cabin. Varnished mahogany joinery all through.
  • V-berths in the fore cabin, chains and stowage forward.   Exposed ship’s side, varnished mahogany bunk boards and joinery, scrubbed pine sole boards.   Good head-room under the fore hatch which also gives light to the cabin.
  • Duck down through centre-door in the bulkhead to the saloon cabin.  Generous width settee berths each side.  The stbd berth has a trotter box under a locker against the bulkhead.
  • Large locker in the port side forward corner.
  • Gas fired Force 10 cabin heater against the forward bulkhead with flue to deck.
  • Varnished mahogany double drop leaf table.
  • Lockers behind the settee berths and stowage below.  Pine cabin sole boards.
  • Chart desk in the after port corner with a gas/12v fridge below.
  • The galley in the after stbd corner has been rebuilt with stainless steel sink, 2-burner stainless steel gas hob let into the work surface.
  • Good locker space below.  Recess stowage against the ship’s side.   Manual pump over the sink which drains overboard.
  • Steps up to a centre-line sliding door to the cock-pit.
  • Stbd off-set sliding door and steps down into the comfortable and surprisingly spacious aft cabin with generous V-berths.  Hanging locker in the fwd stbd corner by the door.
  • Heads compartment in the forward port corner with Blake sea toilet, porcelain hand basin and locker behind the heads under the side deck.


  • Steering compass
  • Standard Horizon Eclipse DSC VHF radio, 2019
  • Raymarine depth sounder
  • Raymarine chart plotter, 2017
  • Raymarine radar, 2017


  • 35lb CQR anchor with 15 fathoms of chain
  • 25lb Danforth anchor with 30 fathoms of warp
  • Manual anchor windlass
  • Fenders
  • Warps


  • Auto electric bilge pump
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Life buoy


  • Bunk and berth cushions
  • Isotherm fridge
  • Galley sink
  • Galley gas hob
  • Baby Blake sea toilet


  • Mainsail
  • Genoa
  • Jib
  • Storm jib
  • Furlex 304S roller reefing headsail system


  • Sprayhood and cockpit cover combined

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