Sailing yachts

Hillyard 20 ton bermudan ketch

(REF: 17956)


  • Designer: Hillyard, David
  • Builder: Hillyards of Littlehampton
  • Year: 1966
  • Location: Shoreham
  • Length on deck: 42'
  • Beam: 11'6"
  • Draft: 5'6"
  • Tonnage: 20

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Hillyard 20 ton bermudan ketch 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 they were nonetheless extremely solid, well built and safe cruising yachts that were available at a sensible price, opening up yachting to a far greater number of people.

The 20 ton yacht was one of the biggest boats the yard built with the usual canoe stern and a single chine bilge.  This feature made the hulls stiffer under canvas and gave more interior volume which is something the Hillyards were known for.  It is believed the first owner had her built to undertake a circumnavigation and did so.  Although not the fastest boats to sail around the world, they are safe and have proved many times that they are more than capable.  These boats make superb family cruising yachts because of their design and layout giving lots of space split into separate areas.  The forward accommodation, the saloon and the aft accommodation are distinctly separate areas giving people their own space while on board, something very unusual in a boat of this length.  In warmer climes, the cockpit can be used as an extra living space with its hard roof and cockpit cover.

Hillyard 20 ton bermudan ketch

Planked in 1 ¼” Mahogany fastened with copper nails and roves to sawn oak frames with 2 steamed intermediate timbers on an oak backbone.


External iron ballast keel with iron and galvanised mild steel keel bolts through oak floors.  Cartain amount of iron and lead internal ballast.


Deck in marine plywood screwed and glued to pine deck beams.  Sheathed and finished in cream deck paint.


Solid mahogany coachroof coamings with large aluminium framed windows.  Sheathed plywood coachroof deck with a mahogany roof over the cockpit, added after her build, that is effectively a solid sprayhood.  This is a very practical addition for sailing in the UK as it provides just enough shelter to keep the worst of the elements off the helmsman.


Cockpit is deep and wide giving plenty of space for a crew to move around and a sheltered area where youngsters will struggle to fall out of.  Seating with cushions all round and wheel and cable steering on the centre line.  Entrance hatch offset too starboard.


Usual spacious foredeck that these big Hillyards are known for.  Galvanised steel pulpit with galvanised stanchions and solid galvanised top rail.  Varnished mahogany toe rail set on the stanchion bases which allows plenty of water freeing and reduces the number of screw holes put through the sheathing which can be source of trouble.

Twin roller galvanised stem head fitting with galvanised fairleads.  Manual windlass on the foredeck with large varnished cleats.  Forehatch aft of this.

Spacious foredeck back to galvanised steel tabernacle in front of the coachroof.  Clear side decks with high stanchions.  Small aft deck owing to the aft coachroof, with large varnished mooring cleats, galvanised fairleads and galvanised stern post fitting to take the mizzen sheet.


Bernudan ketch rig on deck stepped built spruce masts in galvanised tabernacles.  Varnished wooden slab reefing booms.

Galvanised wire standing rigging to external galvanised chainplates.

Mainmast with single spreaders, twin lower shrouds and a single cap shroud.  Single split standing backstay and twin running backstays to the spreaders.

Mizzen has single spreaders with single cap shroud and lowers.



2 non self tailing bronze Lewmar sheet winches on the cockpit coamings.

Pair of Lewmar winches at the mast for halyards and reefing.



Mainsail                      Cheoy Lee                                           Used condition

Mizzen                        Cheoy Lee                                           Used condition

Genoa                         Jeckells            3 yrs old                      Good condition



Parsons 4cyl 56Hp diesel from 1966.

Lifted out and overhauled 2009/10

Manual gearbox with single lever control to centreline 3 blade bronze propeller gives 6 knots cruising speed.

Two steel diesel tanks under the cabin sole with total 180 gallons capacity.

Two 12v batteries in the engine compartment with dedicated engine starting battery.  Charging from engine alternator and shore power sterling digital charger/monitor, installed 2011.



Accommodation         4 berths in 2 cabins.

Light and spacious deck saloon with steps down from the cockpit through the companionway offset to starboard.  Varnished mahogany joinery with white painted bulkheads and carpeted cabin sole.

U-shaped settee to port with a centreline drop leaf table.  Large storage lockers behind and under the settee.  Varnished mahogany cupboards to starboard under the deck head with drop down chart table at the forward end.

Starboard side passage to aft cabin with hanging lockers on the outboard side and engine access hatch on the inboard side.

2 single berths in the aft cabin with a dressing table and heads compartment.  Heads is installed and working but the interior fit out of the heads compartment is not finished.  Plenty of storage under the berths.  Hatch at the aft end of berths to access the steering quadrant.

Centreline steps down at the forward end of deck saloon with a galley to port and heads to starboard.  Galley with 3 burner gimballed gas cooker with grill and oven.  Double stainless steel sink unit drains overboard with pressurised hot and cold water.  Lockers on the forward bulkhead and below the sink.

Hot water from engine calorifier tank with integrated 240v immersion heater.  Two stainless steel water tanks under the saloon cabin sole, total 180 gallon capacity.

Heads with Jabsco manual sea toilet and hot and cold running water.

Forward cabin with two single berths port and starboard and ample storage under.  Nice original varnished mahogany joinery with an upright hanging locker on the forward bulkhead.  6’3” headroom throughout forward area.

Forepeak currently laid out for storage but could be converted to accommodate V-berths if required.



Sestral compass

NASA log

NASA sounder

Garmin GPS/chartplotter

Huson VHF

Pinta autopilot


4 man liferaft (out of date)

Horse shoe lifebuoy

2 fire extinguishers

Auto electric bilge pump

Manual bilge pump

Emergency engine driven Jabsco bilge pump


Danforth main snchor

Danforth kedge

10mm chain and warp


Mooring warps



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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.