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Lug Rigged Hillyard Ketch

(REF: 24773)


  • Designer: David Hillyard
  • Builder: David Hillyard
  • Year: 1937
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 25'
  • Beam: 8'6"
  • Draft: 4'
  • Tonnage: 5TM

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Originally a 4 ton Hillyard, built by Hillyards of Littlehampton in 1937.  Refitted and altered by a well know West Country boat builder and traditional ship owner in his retirement.  He added a larger coachroof for added headroom and converted her from a transom into a Colin Archer style canoe stern with a rudder hung on the stern post.  He also fitted a new 2 mast lug rig.

This is a highly unusual and unique little boat that is certainly eye catching and a bit special.  Her rig is fascinating because the booms are fixed to the mast, so that the whole mast rotates in a bearing when altering the sheets.

This is something a little different with a good amount of internal space but still a small enough yacht to keep running costs and handling issues to a minimum.

Length on Deck                 25’

Length Overall                   31’

Beam                                    8’6”

Draft                                      4’




Carvel planked in mahogany all copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

Groan oak floors across the centreline with the keel bolts through the floors.

External iron ballast keel with steel keel bolts.  History of the bolts is unknown.

Epoxy sheathed marine plywood decks finished in non-slip deck paint laid over a T&G sub deck.

High bulwark all round of marine plywood with an iroko capping.

Varnished teak coachroof coamings, raised by the previous owner to give more headroom below.

Cambered coachroof deck of sheathed marine plywood over T&G boards on oak deck beams.  Oak supporting knees on the coamings.  Bronze round portholes.

Rudder hung on the stern post similar to the Colin Archer boats.  Oak tiller but can also be steered with the fitted wheel that operates the tiller with rope pulleys.




Ketch rigged standing lug on keel stepped masts.

The booms are fixed to the masts with galvanised fittings so that the whole mast rotates in a simple bearing when sheeted in or out.

Spars re-varnished in 2021.

Galvanised wire standing rigging with spliced ends to dead eyes and lanyards.  External stainless steel chain plates.  Simply rigged with a single pair of shrouds either side.

Simple bowsprit runs through a gammon iron to the starboard side of the stem, the heel sitting against a heavy traditional set of bitts.

Cutter headed rig which sets a staysail and jib.

Mainsail, mizzen, staysail and jib all in excellent condition.




Kubota 2cyl 10hp diesel, raw water cooled.

Mechanical gearbox, possibly from a Sabb diesel to a fixed 2 blade bronze propeller.

Plastic fuel tank of approximately 40 litres in the cockpit.

2 x 12 volt batteries charged from the engine alternator.

1 x manual bilge pump and 1 x auto electric bilge pump.




3 berths including 2 saloon settee berths and a single in the fore peak.

5’9” headroom in the saloon.

Steps down from the companion hatch with a pull out 2 burner gas stove to port and stainless steel sink to starboard.  Manually pumped fresh water from a plastic water tank in the heads compartment.

A single berth either side in the saloon, staggered to allow space for the heads compartment on the port side.

Heads compartment is not currently fitted with a basin or sea toilet but there is space for one.

Forepeak with a single berth to port.




NASA Target 2 sounder


Manual bilge pump

Auto electric bilge pump

Fishermans anchor

Beaching legs





Bunk and berth cushions

2 x 12 volt Numax batteries

2 burner gas stove

Copper kettle





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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