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Hillyard 20 ton bermudan ketch


One of the bigger boats built at the Hillyards yard in Littlehampton, the original owner commissioned the build to undertake a circumnavigation. Big safe and sturdy cruising ketch with a deep centre cockpit, spacious deck saloon with two separate areas of accommodation with an aft cabin and fore cabin. Large forepeak for storage. Parsons 66hp diesel, good sails. Superb family cruising boat for either long distance or local coastal sailing. A classic yacht offering comfort and safety for any kind of sailing.

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

South Coast One Design


The South Coast One Design (SCOD) has proved to be a very popular little cruiser-racer with over 100 built between1959 and the end of the wooden boat period in the early 1970's. They are fast, stiff and close winded with 4 good berths, standing head-room, separate heads and a deep safe cock-pit. Competetive fleets still race but it is important to buy a good one with all the usual problems resolved - like this one!

  • Designer: Nicholson Charles
  • Builder: Burnes Shipyard, Bosham
  • Year: 1963
  • Location Hants
  • Length on deck: 26'
  • Beam: 7'9"
  • Draft: 5'4"
  • Tonnage(TM): 6TM

Arthur Robb Ketch


Arthur Robb ketch built in 1959, with 2 major rebuilds since in 1968 and 1979. Powerful bermudan ketch rig gives her good sailing performance. Easy 7.5 knots under engine with the 4 cyl 50hp Lister diesel. Plenty of usable space aboard this yacht with a large sheltered cockpit, full breadth aft cabin with heads and a spacious galley and saloon. Separate fore cabin with heads. Comfortable liveaboard with potential to cruise long distance in comfort and safety.

  • Designer: Arthur C. Robb
  • Builder: ABC Boatyard Ltd
  • Year: 1959
  • Location Hants
  • Length on deck: 50'
  • Beam: 13'6"
  • Draft: 5'9"
  • Tonnage(TM): 27.5T disp

Steam launch


30' steam launch. Built Sweden 2010. 2-cyl steam engine. Wood fired boiler. Bronze fittings, paneled mahogany joinery, beveled glass windows

  • Designer: Olsson Harald
  • Builder: Kungslena Cabinet Makers, Sweden
  • Year: 2010
  • Location Sweden
  • Length on deck: 30'4"
  • Beam: 7'7"
  • Draft: 2'
  • Tonnage(TM): Dead-weight 4.4 tons approx

Laurent Giles Peter Duck


The last one of these popular little cruising ketch's to be built, first designed for the write Arthur Ransome. Iroko planked on oak frames, 4 berths in a comfortable and spacious cabin. Perkins 4107 diesel engine. Ketch rig on varnished spars. These were very popular little boats providing a lot of comfortable space and capability within their small 28 length. This is a tidy yacht in need of a new home and priced accordingly. Ready to sail away.

  • Designer: Laurent Giles
  • Builder: Porter and Haylet
  • Year: 1970
  • Location Ireland
  • Length on deck: 28'6"
  • Beam: 9'
  • Draft: 3'9"
  • Tonnage(TM): 8TM

Percy See bermudan cutter


Bermudan cutter designed and built by Percy See in 1956. Mahogany planking all copper fastened to oak frames. Major refit finished in 2012 including new paid teak deck, new engine and rigging and improved interior. Very smart yacht that has cruised from UK to Greece in the last two years. Elegant and fast cruising yacht that has benefited from two major periods of refit in the last 20 years. Full inventory, ready to sail away. Video of this yacht sailing in the description. NEW PHOTOS ADDED.

  • Designer: Percy M See
  • Builder: Percy M See
  • Year: 1956
  • Location Greece
  • Length on deck: 37'
  • Beam: 9'
  • Draft: 6'

International One Design


The International One Design was built as a racing yacht but can equally be used as a daysailer with good performance. She has a large cockpit to take a crew of 4 for racing, and a sliding hatch to a storage cabin. Not quite immaculate but racing regularly.

  • Designer: Norway Bjarne Aas
  • Builder: Bjarne Aas, Norway
  • Year: 1957
  • Location Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 33'5"
  • Beam: 6'9"
  • Draft: 5'6"
  • Tonnage(TM): 3.39 Reg

28 ton Hillyard Ketch


The biggest of the boats built by Hillyards yard in Littlehampton, This 28 tonner has an enormous amount of interior space. 9 berths in 2 sleeping cabins and the saloon, full headroom throughout. Very spacious engine room with a brand new Beta 75hp diesel. In present ownership for 30 years, in which time she has cruised extensively with a large family. Very capable yacht, designed for blue water sailing with comfort in mind, however she is still capable of fast passages. Tidy yacht with a well documented history, upgraded continuously over the years. there is no other yacht which can match her for volume in this size range.

  • Designer: David Hillyard
  • Builder: David Hillyard
  • Year: 1965
  • Location Devon
  • Length on deck: 51'
  • Beam: 12'
  • Draft: 6'6"
  • Tonnage(TM): 28TM

Converted MFV Gaff Ketch


Built in 1932 by the former MacDuff yard as a sailing ring netter with an auxiliary engine, she sailed with the north east fishing fleet out of Banff, Scotland. The main Gardner engine was installed in 1958 and she actively fished until 1979. She was extensively restored and converted 1980-88 and used privately and as a sail training vessel until the present owner bought her in 2000. 4 berths ex-saloon.

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: J Stephen, formerly MacDuff's Boatyard
  • Year: 1932
  • Location N. Ireland
  • Length on deck: 53'
  • Beam: 16'4
  • Draft: 6'
  • Tonnage(TM): 20.3 Gross

75′ Admiralty MFV


Built for the Admiralty in 1944 and destined for WWII service, she is based on the traditional lines of the Scottish fishing boats that had been so well proven over the years. After the war she was converted for fishing and mainly worked as a herring drifter in the North Sea, then after retiring from that trade she served as a survey and dive vessel. Now in present ownership for over 20 years she has been a very much appreciated private yacht. 10 berths in the aft cabin, large galley in the deck house. Gardner 8L3B diesel. A big vessel with a rich history and worthy of the restoration required. NEW VIDEO

  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Humphrey and Smith, Grimsby
  • Year: 1944
  • Location France
  • Length on deck: 75'
  • Beam: 19'6"
  • Draft: 9'6"