Sailing yachts

18 ton Hillyard bermudan cutter

(REF: 17939)


  • Designer: Hillyard, David
  • Builder: Hillyards Ltd, Littlehampton
  • Year: 1964
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 40'
  • Beam: 11'6"
  • Draft: 5'6"
  • Tonnage: 18TM

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Wooden ships comments on this 18 ton Hillyard bermudan cutter

from the famous yard of David Hillyard in Littlehampton.  Hillyards were one of the first yards in the world to mass produce yachts and make the sport more available to the average person.  Although nothing like on the scale of modern yacht builders, Hillyards produced many hundreds of boats in the time they were trading, and although not known for their high performance or yacht like finish, they were nonetheless extremely solid, well built and safe cruising yachts that were available at a sensible price.

This particular example is one of the bigger boats, built in 1964 with the typical canoe stern, straight keel and a full bilge with a chine just below the waterline.  Used in present ownership for local cruising and living aboard, however she was cruised extensively by the previous owners who put the boat through a major refit, including new deck and superstructure by Hillyards and replacement of all systems.  They then started a 30,000Nm journey that took them from Russia to the Caribbean and America in which the boat was thoroughly tested and put through her paces.

Planked in 1 ¼” Mahogany, fastened with copper nails and roves to 4”x 2” sawn oak frames, with 2”x 2” intermediates at 12” centres.

New sheerstrakes in 1995.


External 2T  iron ballast keel with galvanised steel keel bolts, all replaced in 1995.  Internal ballast of approximately 2-3T made up of lead pigs and concrete.  Concrete has been there from new.


Marine plywood deck sheathed in epoxy cloth and finished in cream deck paint for an absolutely tight, low maintenance deck.

Deck completely replaced in 1995 refit along with some  deckbeams and sheerstrake.  All professionally done by Hillyards yard.

18 ton Hillyard

Mahogany coachroof coamings running aft into the aft cabin coachroof.  Sheathed marine plywood coachroof deck finished in cream deck paint.  Portholes in the forrard end of the coachroof with opening windows in the coamings to give plenty of light down below.

Varnished mahogany hatch on the aft cabin coachroof for access and ventilation, with 2 large wooden cleats at the forrard end for making fast the mainsheet.

Coachroof finishes just aft of the mast giving a large open foredeck.

Twin roller galvanised stem head fitting to take the anchor with a heavy duty Simpson Lawrence 500 Manual windlass.  Large admiralty style galvanised bow cleats port and starboard on the foredeck.

Varnished mahogany forehatch.

Large galvanised stanchions with galvanised top rail and wire lower rail.  Varnished toe rail very cleverly set on the stanchion bases to avoid screwing down through the plywood deck.

Varnished handrails on the coachroof with canvas sprayhood giving shelter to the centre cockpit.


Large self draining centre cockpit. Very deep and safe cockpit well with high coamings and plenty of shelter.

Wheel steering, offset to port at the aft end of the cockpit, with chain gypsy onto wire cables attached to wooden rudder, new in 1995 refit.


Bermudan cutter rig on deck stepped built spruce mast in a galvanised tabernacle.

Mast new in 2000.  Deck beams around the mast all renewed and strengthened in the 1995 refit.

Slab reefing varnished spruce boom.  Varnished jib pole.

Stainless steel wire standing rigging with Stalock S/S terminals, all replaced in 2000, to galvanised rigging screws on external galvanised chainplates.  This is a very unstressed rig unlike modern high tension rigs so the standing rigging will have plenty of life left in it yet.  Twin lower stays, single cap shroud and twin intermediate stays.  Single standing backstay.

Hanked staysail on the stainless steel inner forestay.  Roller furling jib.


Mainsail           Supasails          340sqft                        11yrs               Excellent

Yankee                        Arun Sails                                12yrs               Good

Staysail                        Arun Sails                                12yrs               Good



Pair of Andersen 48 self tailing yankee sheet winches on the cockpit coamings.

Pair of Lewmar staysail sheet winches

1 non sel- tailing Lewmar for the roller furler

1 Harken self-tailing halyard winch on the mast.

1 Lewmar non self tailing on the boom for reefing lines.  Clutches for each reefing line.





6 berths in 3 cabins including the saloon.

Double hinged doors from the cockpit leading down into the open saloon with L-shaped settee and saloon table over to port.  Full length settee berth along the starboard side.  6’2” headroom throughout the saloon.  Chest fridge under port settee.

Plenty of storage space in numerous shelves and lockers.

Dickenson Newport diesel heater on fwd starboard bulkhead with its own small header tank behind the stb berth.

Passageway in aft stb corner to aft cabin.  Double berth aft cabin with 6’2” headroom.  Hanging locker and storage under the berth.

Centreline passage fwd from saloon.  Step down into galley offset to port.  1 ½ bowl stainless steel sink with hot and cold running water.  ‘Force 10’ 4 burner gas cooker and oven.  Ample work surface area with storage above and below.

2 x water tanks beneath the saloon cabin sole, 1 galvanised and 1 plastic with 80 gallons total capacity.

Heads to stb with Baby Blake sea toilet pumped into plastic TecTank black water tank.  Full standing headroom shower, drains to a sump and pumped overboard via automatic electric pump.

Forward to twin cabin with large port and starboard single bunks.  6’ headroom between beams.  Full height hanging locker with plenty of storage under the bunks.

Fore peak currently used for storage.  Possibility of V-berths for the younger members of the crew.  Chain locker under.

The accommodation is spacious and light with plenty of grab rails as you would expect from a seasoned cruising yacht.  The layout of these boats allows for separate living areas outside of the saloon making it perfect for couples to cruise and have their own space onboard.  In warmer climes, the cockpit becomes another living area giving a huge amount of space inside a 40’ yacht.



Ford Parsons Pike 4 cyl 60Hp diesel engine, installed 1968.

Engine completely rebuilt in 1996

New mounts in 2000

New heat exchanger in 2004.

Parsons Marinomatic single lever control gearbox to centre line stainless steel shaft with 3 blade bronze propeller.  Gives 6 knots cruising, 7.5 knots max.

70 gallon galvanised steel fuel tank below the saloon cabin sole with dipstick gauge.

1 x 12 volt engine start battery

2 x 12 volt domestic batteries

Seperate alternator charging for each battery bank.




Original Sestrel steering compass

CTREK sounder



Raytheon radar

Garmin 120 GPS


Wind indicator

Hydrovane wind streering


6 man Oceansafety liferaft (due service)

Horse shoe lifebuoy


Various fire extinguishers


30kg Bruce anchor

30kg plough anchor

20kg plough anchor

20kg Fisherman anchor

65m 10mm galvanised chain

50m 18mm Octoplait warp


2 piece 10’ plywood ‘Nesting’ dinghy

Mooring warps

6 Fenders

1 summer cover

Full winter cover


This great yacht has proved her worth time and again with several owners over many thousands of miles of ocean sailing and is now on the market after this particular adventure has come to its end.

She is priced to sell as the owners now want to move on, but she is ready to take on new challenges and carry on exploring.



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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.