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5 ton Hillyard

(REF: 17948)


  • Designer: Hillyard, David
  • Builder: Hillyard of Littlehampton
  • Year: 1939
  • Location: N.Wales
  • Length on deck: 24'6"
  • Beam: 7'6"
  • Draft: 4'

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Designed and built by Hillyards of Littlehampton in 1939, the yacht has all the typical well-known Hillyard features of a long keel, good sheer to a dry, buoyant bow and a transom stern with transom-hung rudder and bumpkin to take the backstay..

David Hillyard was the most productive yacht builder in UK boating history. His success was based on providing the market what it wanted – not a sleek, wet racing yacht however beautiful but a solid family yacht capable of steady, safe cruising – don’t scare the wife, don’t wake the children and don’t spill the gin.

He built in various sizes, his boats were not the last word in the finer art of the boat builder but they were production yachts of the time, strongly built to a price and have passed the test of time.

Post war, he adopted the characteristic centre-cock-pit but this is one of the more basic, pre-war yachts with an aft cock-pit and a comfortable spacious cabin for a 24’ yacht.

She was commissioned for a Major James Murray in 1939 and was immediately laid up for the duration of the war.

In 1948 she was recomissioned and sailed by him largely solo around UK via the Caledonian Canal.

The following year he sailed to the Baltic before returning home to sell her to a lady owner.

In present ownership she has sailed around Anglesey, the Isle of Man and one solo passage to Ireland.

She has had some good attention with new keel bolts, some work on the stem and on the cabi9n roof and a new rig.


Pitch-pine planking on an oak back-bone.

All steamed oak timbers, fastened to the planking with copper nails and roves.

Long external iron ballast keel.                      Ballast keel sand blasted and treated with red lead paint.

Galvanised mild steel keel bolts –                  All 8 keel bolts replaced in 7/8” galvanised mild steel in March 2003 by the Douglas boatyard.

Oak floors.                                                     Additional galvanised bolts added to the floors.

New deadwoods in greenheart fitted.

4 new galvanised stem bolts fitted.

                                                                       The fore face of the stem built up with 5 laminations

                                                                       New galvanised steel rudder hangings.

                                                                       New galvanised steel rudder heel fitting

                                                                       Garboards and stem seams recaulked


Original pine deck, sheathed and painted. Varnished toe rail and rubbing strake.

Varnished mahogany coach-roof coamings with bronze port holes.

Dog-house raised on the after end to give a more comfortable cabin entrance.

New coach-roof deck with original pine T&G boards overlaid with ¼” ply and sheathed. Varnished grab rails each side.


Deep, safe cock-pit, not self-draining with varnished mahogany coamings, sdeat lockers each side, low-level doors to the lazarette locker aft.

Bridge deck step, twin doors and sliding hatch to the cabin entrance.


Accommodation.                  2 berths.


Saloon cabin with port and stbd settee berths. Stowage under the berths.

Exposed ship’s sides with mahogany slats.

Fold-up table off the fwd bulkhead.

White painted deck-head and coamings. Mahogany joinery.

Stbd side bulkhead doorway to thew focsle with low head-room under the fore deck.

Sea toilet forward on the centreline, lockers in the stbd corner, mast in the middle against the bulkhead, chain locker forward.


Galley shelf in the after port corner with Origo single burner meths cooker.

Solid fuel cabin stove under the cooker with a water jacket on the flue over the cooker to give hot water on tap! The whole area lined in stainless steel.

Hanging locker in the corner aft of the galley shelf.

Chart desk in the after stbd corner with good stowage locker under. Nav instruments over.

Good sitting head-room in the cabin. Good standing head-room in the dog-house area.



Fractional Bermudian sloop on varnished mast stepped through the deck onto the keel in front of the fwd bulkhead below.

Slab reefing boom with original roller reefing goose neck fitting.

Stainless steel 6mm standing rigging with swaged terminals                        Renewed in 2006

Stainless steel rigging screws                                                                         Renewed in 2006

Internal galvanised steel chain plates                                                             Renewed in 2006

Single spreaders. Inner and outer fore-stays, both to stemhead.

Single standing back-stay to the bumpkin with twin chain bob-stays.





Tan mainsail, slab reefing

White terylene mainsail.

Tan jib

Tan mainsail cover.


Yanmar 1GM10 single cylinder 9hp diesel engine. Top end rebuild within the last 5 years

Centre-line installation with conventional shaft drive to 3-blade prop gives 5knts

New 15 x 14 prop

Very economical consumption.

7 gall copper fuel tank under the after deck

Pressure and temperature alarms.


2 x 12v batteries on 12v circuits. Engine driven alternator.




Sowester grid compass on the bulkhead

Nasa sounder

Walker log

VHF DSC radio

Garmin GPS


2 old life jackets

Several old flares


Ground tackle

1 x 25lb CQR anchor

1 x 10lb Danforth kedge anchor

30fthms 3/16” chain               New 2006

2-man Bombard inflatable dinghy

Seagull outboard engine

Beaching legs

Winter cradle

Mooring warps


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.