Sailing yachts

6 ton Hillyard

(REF: 17997)


  • Designer: Hillyard David
  • Builder: Hillyards of Littlehampton
  • Year: 1953
  • Location: Plymouth
  • Length on deck: 27'6"
  • Beam: 7'7"
  • Draft: 4'2"
  • Tonnage: 5TM

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The 6 ton Hillyard was one of the smaller designs from David Hillyard of Littlehampton, who was one of the most successful builders of all times, starting in the 1920’s and producing a range of yachts until the end of the wooden boat building period in the 1970’s.

Hillyard yachts are very functional, not fast or close-winded racers but safe, sea-worthy and immensely practical. Examples have cruised world wide proving their strengths over many years.

Hillyard is probably best known for his centre cock-pit, aft cabin, canoe stern design but he also built a few aft cock-pit yachts in various sizes and Bugler is one of the aft cock-pit 6 tonners.

Built with an aft cockpit configuration giving her a substantial main saloon and a forward cabin  with 6’ headroom throughout the main saloon.

The hull is attractive and well proportioned, heavy displacement,  long keel, carvel planked with a full round bilge.

The lines are enhanced by her gentle sheer towards the spoon bow and a slight lift to the canoe stern.

First sold by Wooden Ships in 1985. The owner at that time noted “owner since 1978… sailed as a family boat over 5000 miles, Lake District to the Golfe de Morbihan…safe and sea-worthy yacht …. experienced some bad weather…. complete confidence in her…. bowsprit added 1982….delighted with improved performance.”

Sold again by Wooden Ships in 1993 out of Dartmouth , she spent some years in Poole where she has had a major professional refit before coming  to Plymouth in 2011.

Due to poor health the owner has not been able to give her the time or use she deserves and offers the yacht for sale at a very reasonable price hoping for a new owner who will be able to make full use of this deserving yacht.

6 ton Hillyard

Planked in 1” mahogany all fastened with copper nails and roves to steam bent oak timbers (54 pairs) on an oak back-bone with elm dead-woods.

Substantial re-planking was undertaken during restoration and the entire hull was grit-blasted, epoxy coated and finished to a high standard. We have a photographic record of the work.


Long external iron ballast keel. Stainless steel keel bolts fitted new in 2006.

Heavy oak floors.


The original T&G pine deck which was originally canvas covered has been retained and overlaid with a ¼” ply deck in the past.

In the refit this deck has been similarly grit-blasted back to clean timber, plywood replaced as necessary and epoxy coated prior to paint coatings being applied.

Varnished mahogany toe rail and rubbing strake emphasise the very sweet sheer.

Typically Hillyard galvanised gas pipe railings all round provide safety on deck.


Timber rudder with the stock in a galvanised steel tube through the canoe stern, the stock exiting on the aft deck with a fine curvy laminated tiller.

The heels of the bowsprit and the bumpkin are both lodged against Sampson posts providing strong points for mooring.


The cock-pit is particularly comfortable with deep, varnished mahogany coamings, varnished mahogany lids on the seat lockers each side, open above to the under side-deck stowage space with T&G boards forming the sides of the well.

The cock-pit sole is not self-draining so a cock-pit cover is required when the yacht is left on the mooring but the inlaid mahogany sole can be lifted for very good access to the engine etc below.

Access to the space in the canoe stern aft through locker doors at the aft end of the cock-pit.


Typically Hillyard, access to the cabin is by a full height door which slides to port, doing away with the necessity of a sliding hatch with associated leaks requiring only a slight stoop on stepping down into the cabin.


The varnished mahogany cock-pit coamings extend forward to form the coach-roof coamings.

Both port and stbd coamings and the fwd coach-roof coaming were all replaced in mahogany in the 2006 refit.


The coach-roof extends forward only as far as the mast.

The coach-roof deck retains the original T&G pine but now with ¼” ply overlay, epoxy-glass sheathed and painted. The roof shows a most attractive camber tapering down in height and camber towards the front.

Two bronze port holes in the forward face of the coamings. Fixed oval glass windows in the side coamings.


The hatch on the fore deck takes the form of a traditional sky-light with fore and aft ridge and opening lights each side.


Bermudian sloop rig on varnished box-section mast stepped in a new 2006 stainless steel tabernacle on the deck against the fwd coach-roof coaming. Single spreaders.

Stainless steel standing rigging fitted new in 2006.

Twin lowers and cap shrouds.

Single standing back-stay to the bumpkin.

Mast cap fore stay to the outer end of the bowsprit.

Bob-stay and whisker stays to the bowsprit fitted new 2010.

Galvanised rigging screws to internal galvanised steel chain plates. The chain plates have an external stainless steel washer plate.



Pair of bronze Lewmar sheet winches on the cock-pit coamings.

Halyard winch mounted on the mast.


Varnished boom with Turner Pattern roller reefing sheets to a galvanised horse across the tiller on the aft deck with new 2006 tufnol blocks, jamming cleat on the lower block.


Plastimo roller furling headsail


Sails both 1985 overhauled 2008 and 2010

Mainsail in red terylene.

Jib on roller furling gear.



Yanmar 2GM 16hp 2-cylinder diesel engine installed in 1988. Centre line to centre-line 3-blade prop.

2006 full recon with new injectors, exhaust system and flexible mounts.

Single lever controls to Yanmar gear-box.

6knts cruising speed.



2 x 12 batteries  located in the entrance step on 12v circuits.

The yacht was completely rewired in 2010 using marine grade tinned cable.

New switch board to stbd of the entrance door with all circuits protected by breakers

8 new 12v cabin lights fitted in 2009



100 litre stainless steel fuel tank to stbd of the engine.

100 litres fresh water in a stainless steel tank to port of the engine.



Accommodation.      4 berths.      6’1” head-room midships.

V-berths in the fore cabin under the fore deck. Bunk lengths 6’+

Varnished mahogany bunk boards, new cushions in 2006 with blue fabric covers.

Exposed hull sides with slates all painted out white. In-laid varnished sole boards.

Lift-out retaining board at floor level contains boots etc under the bunks.

Chain well forward of the bunk ends with visible Sampson post.

Good light and ventilation from the sky-light above which also gives standing head-room.

Passage from the fore cabin to the saloon cabin down the port side through duck-down bulkhead door.

Heads compartment to stbd
with full standing head-room under the fwd corner of the coach-roof.

Jabsco sea toilet with lockers above under the side deck. New sea-cocks in the refit.


Saloon cabin with slightly staggered port and stbd settee berths. New cushions and blue fabric covers in the refit including seat cushions and back rest squabs against the exposed ship’s side.

Fine drop leaf mahogany table.

Side board at the fwd end of the port settee

Forward end of the stbd settee against the heads compartment bulkhead.


Galley at the aft end of the port settee, rebuilt in the refit with a Plastimo 2500 2-burner and grill stainless steel gas cooker against the cock-pit bulkhead with stainless steel heat protection on the bulkhead over and mahogany shelves above.

Stainless steel galley sink in a work surface under the side deck. Whale foot pump fresh water, pumped over-board.

Cupboard in the after stbd corner contains the electrical switch-board and wiring.

Step to the sliding door to the cock-pit. Batteries under the step.




Plastimo compass

Autohelm sounder

Autohelm log

VHF radio

Auto-pilot on the tiller.

Horse-shoe life buoy

Fire extinguisher

Manual bilge pump.

12v bilge pump on float switch.

CQR  anchor

100’ ¼” chain.

Manual windlass

Cock-pit cover.

Fore hatch cover

Mainsail cover

Warps and fenders


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.


Wooden Ships classic yachts brokers have an extensive database of boats for sale. With a wide range of sailboats, classic yachts, motor yachts and small classic boats, Wooden Ships has one of the largest selections of traditional wooden boats and yachts for sale in the UK.


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.