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4 ton Hillyard

(REF: 18309)


  • Designer: Hillyard, David
  • Builder: Hillyards
  • Year: 1959
  • Location: Cardiff
  • Length on deck: 22'6"
  • Beam: 7'6"
  • Draft: 4'
  • Tonnage: 4TM

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4 ton Hillyard, designed and built by Hillyards of Littlehampton and launched in 1959.  In present ownership since 1991, she has been well cared for with new plywood decks professionally fitted in 1996, keel bolts and rigging replaced as necessary and a list of ongoing work that has kept her up to a reasonable standard.

She has sailed out of Cardiff for the last 27 years, cruising around the Bristol Channel and has been a great little boat for this job.  A solid little cruising boat in very reasonable condition available for a very moderate sum of money

Length on Deck                                 22’6″

Beam                                                    7’6″

Draft                                                      4′

Thames Tonnage                             4TM




Planked in 1″ Mahogany all copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers of 1.5″ square spaced every 4.5″

Grown oak floors across the centreline.

External iron ballast keel of 1 ton fastened with iron and stainless keel bolts, 2 replaced in 2015 with s/s.  Internal lead trimming ballast of 5cwt.

Marine plywood deck, sheathed and painted with a varnished mahogany toe rail and rubbing strake.

Varnished mahogany coachroof coamings with a sheathed plywood coachroof deck.

Nice cockpit with varnished mahogany thwarts and coamings.




Masthead bermudan sloop rig on a deck stepped built wooden mast.  Varnished wooden roller reefing boom.

Varnished wooden bowsprit and bumpkin.

Stainless steel standing rigging to internal stainless chain plates.  Cap shrouds and forestay replaced recently.

Pair of non self tailing cockpit sheet winches.

Roller furling genoa on the end of the bowsprit.

Mainsail, genoa and cruising chute all 30 years old but in fair condition.




Petter ACW1 6hp single cylinder marine diesel

Single lever controls with a fixed 3 blade bronze propeller  giving 4 knots.

4 gallon stainless steel fuel tank under the aft deck.

2 x 12 volt batteries charged from engine alternator




Simple layout with 3 bunks and varnished mahogany joinery.

Steps down with the galley to port.  Gas stove and a single stainless sink which drains overboard.

Settee berth either side and a centreline passage way forward into the forepeak.

Heads to port, manual sea toilet which pumps directly overboard.

Single berth to starboard.




NASA sounder

NASA log

Horse shoe life buoy

CQR anchr with chain

Avon inflatable dinghy

Beaching legs



Berth cushions

Mainsail, genoa, cruising chute.






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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.