Sailing yachts

12 Ton Hillyard

(REF: 18152)


  • Designer: Hillyard, David
  • Builder: David Hillyard
  • Year: 1960
  • Location: West Sussex
  • Length on deck: 36'
  • Beam: 9'6
  • Draft: 5'9
  • Tonnage: 12

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Wooden Ships Comments on this 12 Ton Hillyard

A 12 ton Hillyard bermudan sloop, built by Hillyards in 1960 and absolutely typical of their design and build.  David Hillyard was a clever yacht designed and came up with a new concept for a yacht to enable ordinary families to get out on the water in safety and comfort.  Double ender hull with bluff ends in order to maximise use of the length on deck.  Centre cockpit allowing for a separate aft cabin, central saloon and a seaparte forward sleeping acbin a design unheard of until Hillyards started building yachts like this.  It allowed for comforatble family crusing with 2 separate sleeping cabins and a communal saloon with standing headroom and comfortable seating.


This boat has benefited from caring owners and had a new Beta diesel fitted in 2004 with major work carried out to the stem and stern posts in recent years.  She is a very respectable and sound example of the Hillyard design and will provide many happy years of sailing in the future.

12 Ton Hillyard

Length on Deck                 36′

Length Waterline             33′

Beam                                    9’6″

Draft                                      5’9″





Planked in mahogany all copper rivet fastened to closely spaced steamed oak timbers.  New oak stem and stern post fitted in recent years.


Oak back bone with some grown oak floors across the centreline, fastened through with galvanised bolts.  In other areas the steamed timbers are doubled in thickness and stretch all the way across the centreline to act as floors.


External iron ballast keel with iron keel bolts.  Internal iron trimming ballast held in sealed plastic.



Decks laid in T&G pine boards, laid athwartships on the side decks as was common with many Hillyards.  Canvas covered and finished in deck paint.  Varnished mahogany toe rail and rubbing strake all round with galvanised fairleads and large bollard cleats.


Superstructure and cockpit

Mahogany coachroof coamings finished in cream gloss with bronze portholes.  This boat has a centre cockpit arrangement with the aft coachroof over the aft cabin.  The centre cockpit is a deep and safe design with a canvas sprayhood making it very sheltered.  there is an aft section to the sprayhood which then completely encompasses the cockpit making a totally sheltered area and also allowing the crew to move from stem to stern completely sheltered from the elements.  This is a key design feature of the Hillyard and sets them apart from most other contemporary yachts, it is a design that has frequently been used and developed in the years since creating comfortable and spacious family cruising yachts.


Wheel steering on the aft bulkhead of the cockpit with cables to the rudder head running along the port side deck.



Bermudan sloop rig on a deck stepped varnished wooden hollow mast.  The tabernacle is made of varnished wood with a bronze pivot bolt.


Varnished wooden boom, originally roller reefing but now converted to slab reefing.


Stainless steel standing rigging and rigging screws to external galvanised chainplates.  Single spreaders with twin lower shrouds and a single cap shroud.  Roller furling on the forestay to the stem head and a single standing backstay to the stern post.



All sails by Arun sails in 2005 in good condition.


Battened Mainsail

Roller furling genoa.



Pair of self tailing cockpit sheet winches.

Pair of non ST mast winches.



Machinery12 Ton Hillyard



Beta Marine 43hp 4cyl diesel installed new in 2004.  New gearbox 2015.  Single lever control to a centreline 3 blade bronze propellor.  Cruising speed of 6.5 knots, max. 7 knots.



50l stainless steel tank under the cockpit installed new in 2004.


Steel water tank under the port side of the cockpit.



2 x 12 volt batteries in the engine room, charged from the 65 amp engine alternator.







Double berth in the aft cabin, 2 saloon settee berths and twin V-berths in the forward cabin.



Sliding door hatch with centreline steps down from the cockpit into the main saloon with the galley to starboard and the chart desk area to port.  Centreline dropleaf table with a saloon settee berth either side.  Dry storage lockers under the berths with shelving behind against the hull sides.  Pansy charcoal stove against the forward bulkhead to port.


Centreline doorway through to the forward cabin with a single berth either side and lots of storage.


Aft Cabin

Starboard side entrance to the aft cabin from the cockpit.  two single berths with an insert creating a good size double.  Heads compartment in the forward port corner of the aft cabin.  Access hatches to the lazarette.



Fixed 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill.  Single stainless sink gravity drains overboard.



Dedicated heads compartment in the aft cabin with a Jabsco sea toilet which gravity drains overboard.  Porcelain hand basin with manually pumped water.


Inventory to follow.


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.