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Hillyard 2.5 Tonner

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Boat REF# 63475
This boat has been sold
Length 5.65m (18'6")
Year 1950
Construction Wood
Underwater profile Long Keel
Sleeping berths 2
Engine 1 x gasoline 4hp, Stuart Turner (1950)


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Extra Details

Designer David Hillyard
Builder David Hillyard
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Fuel capacity 25.0 ltr (5.5 USG) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x gasoline 4hp
Engine make and model Stuart Turner (1950)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering tiller
Drive shaft
Prop(s) 3 Bladed Fixed
Fuel consumption (approx) 1.0 ltr (0.2 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 4 knots
Max speed (approx) 5 knots

The original Stuart Turner 4 HP engine was re-conditioned by Stuart Turner in 1979. It was stripped, cleaned, and re-built in 2005.


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Length 5.65m (18'6")
LWL 5.00m (16'5")
Beam 2.00m (6'7")
Draft Min 1.00m (3'3")
Draft Max 1.00m (3'3")
Displacement 2,500kg (5,512.5lbs)
Headroom 1.40m (4'7")
Storage Ashore


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Gaff rigged Hillyard Wood spars (1950) with Galvanised standing rigging (2005)


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Reefing mainsail - Slab (1950)
Headsail - Hank On (1950)
Other sails Working Jib (1950)
Topsail (unknown year)


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Construction Wood
Underwater profile Long Keel
Finish Paint finish

Designed and built by Hillyards (No. 448) of Littlehampton in 1950.
Construction is Mahogany planks on steamed Oak timbers, with bolted-on iron keel and additional loose iron ballast to trim.
The original pine deck has been sheathed in GRP cloth, otherwise her construction is totally original.


Total # of berths 2
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 1
Stove tick

The accommodation onboard is well ahead of its time, including sitting headroom, plenty of stowage, chart table, and galley. The design of the companionway allows indoor-outdoor living due to its generous width; a feature usually found on much more modern boats.

2 burner paraffin Stove

Nav Equipment

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Deck Gear

Sail cover tick
Cockpit cover tick
Tonneau cover tick
Rode tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick

1 anchors
20.00m (65'7") of chain

Safety Equipment

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1 bilge pumps (1 manual / 0 electric)

Broker's Comments

The 2.5 tonne Hillyard was the smallest and possibly the prettiest design to come out of the Hillyard yard. They were built for 30 years from the early 1920's and proved incredibly popular, partly because of the marketing campaign in the 1930's which promised a sailing cruiser for under £100. They were renowned for being sea kindly and responsive and ideal for beginners and enthusiasts alike.
This example has a very unusual history being in the same ownership from 1950 until 2005, and for the last 18 of those years she was stored under cover ashore, hence her very original condition.
If not quite yet a museum piece, she may well be the most original Hillyard still in commission and she would be a privilege to own and sail.
These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Hillyard 2.5 Tonner has been personally photographed and viewed by Dave Peart of Boatshed Plymouth. Click here for contact details.
Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and, where considered appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out structural and/or mechanical and/or electrical surveys and inspections in order to assess the actual condition of the vessel before purchase.