Sailing yachts

5 Ton Hillyard Sloop

(REF: 21846)


  • Designer: David Hillyard
  • Builder: Hillyards of Littlehampton
  • Year: 1938
  • Location: Sussex
  • Length on deck: 24'6"
  • Beam: 7'6"
  • Draft: 4'6"
  • Tonnage: 5TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this 5 Ton Hillyard Sloop

Designed and built by Hillyards of Littlehampton in 1938.  Known as a 5 tonner, this refers to her Thames Tonnage of 5TM, a measure of her interior volume.  The boat has been in the same professional ownership for over 40 years, she has been meticulously maintained and is in lovely condition and a superb example of one of Hillyards earlier boats.

Despite her length, the boat offers 3 good sized berths, over 6’ headroom in the saloon and a heads and galley.  The design offers good sea keeping capabilities and a well balanced rig that is easy to handle.

Last surveyed in 2019, a copy of this very complimentary report is available upon request.

Length on Deck                 24’6”

Length Overall                  29’6”

Length Waterline            23’

Beam                                    7’6”

Draft                                      4’6”

Thames Tonnage             5TM




Carvel planked in 7/8” mahogany fastened with copper rivets to 1”x1.25” steamed oak frames at 6” centres.

Grown oak floors across the centreline.

External iron ballast keel fastened with galvanised steel keel bolts.  Bolts last drawn in 2019.  Some internal ballast in the form of iron pigs.

Marine plywood deck, sheathed externally in epoxy glass cloth.  Mahogany toerails mounted on the stanchion bases.  Varnished mahogany rubbing strake.

Usual Hillyard stanchions and handrails in galvanised steel pipe.

Varnished mahogany coachroof coamings with large windows and bronze portholes.  Epoxy sheathed plywood over T&G pine coachroof deck.  Varnished mahogany handrails on the coachroof deck.

Non self-draining cockpit, deep and safe.  Tiller steering on a transom hung rudder with galvanised hangings.




Bermudan cutter rig on a keel stepped varnished spruce mast of solid construction.

Varnished spruce boom with bronze roller reefing mechanism.

Varnished bowsprit that can be removed.  Wishbone bumpkin to take the backstay.  Varnished wooden spinnaker pole.

Stainless steel standing rigging, new in 2018, with stainless steel rigging screws and stainless steel external chain plates.

Single spreaders with twin lower shrouds and a single cap shroud.  Single standing backstay and running backstays on tackles.

Jib and staysail both hank onto the forestays.

Mainsail, staysail, jib and Genoa all in good condition.




Kubota twin cylinder 12hp diesel installed in 1986.  Hurth mechanical gearbox.

Stainless shaft to a centreline fixed 3 blade propeller  gives 5 knots cruising speed.

25 litre Vetus plastic fuel tank in the port side cockpit locker.

2 x 12 volt batteries, 110ah for domestics and 85ah for engine starting, located under the cockpit sole.  Batteries new in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

1 manual bilge pump and 1 electric bilge pump.

Flexible water tank with manually pumped water.




3 berths with 6’1” headroom in the saloon.  5’8” headroom under the foredeck.

Galley with a gimballed Origo 2 burner spirit stove.  Single plastic sink with manually pumped fresh water, drains overboard.

Heads compartment with a Baby Blake sea toilet.




Plastimo Contest steering compass, new 2019

NASA sounder

Walker trailing log


Garmin GPS


Horse shoe lifebuoy with light

Danbuoy with light

Carbon monoxide

3 x fire extinguishers (Nov 2020)

Fire blanket (Nov 2020)

Automatic fire extinguisher in engine space (Nov 2020)


25lbs CQR with 30 fathoms of 5/16” chain

20lbs Fishermans anchor with 100 yards of 12mm nylon warp


Domestic 110ah battery (2019)

Engine start battery of 85ah (2020)

Manual bilge pump

Auto electric bilge pump


Lucas mainsail, good condition, 1988

Lucas staysail, good condition, 1988

Lucas working jib, good condition

Light weather genoa, Jeckells, 2012, excellent condition


Bunk and berth cushions

Origo 2 burner spirit stove

Flexible water tank



Sprayhood and cockpit cover

Cockpit cushions










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.



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