£ 168,000

Custom Steel Yacht Hock 52

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Category:Sailing Boats
Manufacturer:Custom Steel Yacht
Model:Hock 52
Mooring Country:United Kingdom
Year built:1996
Sales status:Sold
LOA:17.98 m/59 ft
Length:15.85 m/52 ft
Width:4.69 m/15 ft
KW:100.0 hp

Williams and Smithells Ltd - Hock 52 Custom built Steel Blue Water Cruiser (59ft loa), A gracious, traditional yacht built for safe blue-water cruising and comfortable living. Beautiful, varnished teak interior featuring inlay and marquetry, solid teak locker doors and Oregon pine floorboards. Sea-kindly, proven cruiser with 2 Atlantic crossings, 9 years cruising in the West Indies, 3 years in UK and 2 years in the Mediterranean, all by owner couple without additional crew. Ketch rigged, 100hp Yanmar, solar panels, ample tankage, and spacious, practical interior with accom for 5 in 3 cabins plus pilot berth. One of the most charming and impressive yachts we have seen in a long time. Fully equipped for blue water cruising in style and safety, continually maintained and upgraded; major upgrade 2016 with installation of utility area, (photos pending) £168,000


Completed and first launched – 1998 (built between 1996-1998, keel plate laid 1990)
Steel Hull, deck & structure – Hull shape below waterline akin to a Hallberg Rassy
Radius chine hull 
Fin and skeg
Lead ballast.
Hydraulic wheel steering
Exterior sand blasted and airless sprayed with Carboline paint system, no filler in hull.
Interior sprayed with black tar epoxy, insulated to below waterline with closed cell foam.

Full design plans and photographic record of construction.

May 2015:
New black paint on the topsides and boot top repainted. 
Painted/oiled the bowsprit and refitted the bow roller and the sailing hardware.

September/October 2016
Haul out – cutlass bearing replaced, new anodes, 2 coats antifouling, 3rd coat at waterline and leading edges of keel and skeg
Very good survey, ultrasonic readings showed no degradation
New standing rigging, new masthead and steaming lights, all sheaves inspected and replaced where necessary, masts and booms painted
Port aft engine mount replaced
Diesel hoses replaced
Gas hoses replaced
Automatic bilge pump installed
New weather covers for hatches


Yanmar 100hp 4JH2-UTE turbo-charged engine (1994) enclosed in sound-insulated box, 
Hours 2559 (May 2015)
Engine maintained and serviced regularly. 
Turbo charger replaced in 2009.  
KM4A (hydraulic transmission)
Self-contained engine room (5’x5’with 5’10” headroom) with steel, double-locking door 
(a vault or safe if you like)
3 bladed prop

Eberspacher D5 heater (new 2010, upgraded 2012)
New commercial-grade hydraulic steering system fitted in 2008, incorporating autopilot.


110v & 12v systems along with 220v shore power.
1500w 110v inverter
500 amp hours (five batteries) house batteries NUMAX CXV27MF (new 2010)
100 amp hour Startrite starter battery (new 2007)
Statpower Prowatt 1500w inverter.
Kyocera Four solar panels on bimini – 375 amp hours total
12v electric fans throughout

New electric panels, fuses, switches in 2012. 
Solar panel regulator fitted. 
Wired for RUTLAND 913 WINDCHARGER (fitted 2010 but damaged Jan 2013, Marlec agree to repair). Wind charger regulator fitted / Eberspacher has pre-programmable timer



1600 ltrs diesel in 3 tanks (inspected & cleaned 2010) plus 50lt stainless steel day tank.
1600 ltrs fresh water in 2 keel-based tanks (inspected & cleaned 2010) - steel
600 ltr holding tank – steel

Rig & Sails

Ketch rigged.
Lifting bowsprit (approx. 10ft)
Aluminium spars/ss rigging by Sparcraft, Cape Town – regular inspection by owners.
New standing rigging 2016
Aluminium genoa pole

2 x Lewmar 65 ST primaries
2 x Gibb 48 secondary’s
1 x Lewmar 46 3 speed mainsheet 
1 x Lewmar 46 ST main halyard
1 x Barlow 42 main reefing
1 x Lewmar 44 mizzen halyard
1 x Lewmar 16 mizzen reefing
Jammers on main and mizzen

Sails by Doyle 
Genoa on Profurl roller furler, UV strip replaced 2005
Hanked on staysail with zipped cover
Original main & mizzen in need of replacement. Quote of £5670 for new main and mizzen with stackpack type covers
Storm jib, used once, stored below
Heavyweight cruising canvas, maintained over the years with some re-stitching/repairs. Sails stored below when boat out of commission (i.e. during hurricane seasons)
Lazy jacks, slab reefing.


Six berths in four cabins: 
Double berth for’rd (guest), double berth aft (owner), single berth midships (skipper), 1 single bunk (crew). 
Minimum head room below decks is 6’ in aft heads, 6’4” plus everywhere else
Owner’s cabin with seating area has en-suite heads with shower, basin & manual toilet; opening portholes. 
Separate for’rd heads with shower, basin & Jabsco electric sea toilet.

Separate galley with gimballed butane gas stove, 2 burners, grill & oven (new 2008). 
Butane gas water heater (new 2010) 
White double sink, s/s mixer tap (new 2010)
Insulated ice box
Lots of storage.

Separate utility area with Webasto CR85 (new 2016) marine fridge and Zanussi ZWC1301 washing machine (new 2016)
Pressurised fresh water system with 12v pump, pipes replaced 2012, separate 12v pump for washing machine
JVC CD/Radio

Dinette seating for 6, lockers under seating, book shelves, wall lockers
Saloon re-upholstered 2010. 
New foam mattress owner’s cabin 2010. 
Lee cloths on single berths. 
Re-varnished, repainted 2013 – 2014


Separate forepeak with collision bulkhead, chain locker with storage for lines/fenders, small workbench.
Separate aft lazarette with collision bulkhead, storage for tools, spares, gas bottle  stowage, fenders, generators etc
Lewmar electric windlass 
80m x 13mm anchor chain new in 2008
30kg Bruce (first bower)
40 kg CQR type (second bower) 
75lb Fortress aluminium (new)
15kg stainless CQR type kedge
Varnished, classic style deck hatches, new weather covers 2016
Cockpit with table, teak gratings, varnished teak lockers and fixed bimini


Nav station with VHF radio, 
Target SSB,
Portable GPS
Clipper depth sounder
Chart storage for full size charts 
Hydraulic autopilot with Navman controller (new 2009)
Ritchie Compass


GRP 9ft gunter rig sailing dinghy with oars and cover


Numerous life jackets
4 x fire extinguishers
Life buoy
Radar reflector

(We strongly suggest that for your own personal safety that when purchasing a yacht you provide new safety equipment rather than relying on second hand gear. Put your safety first its more valuable than a yacht)

Additional Information

Teak cockpit seating new 2010 /Teak coachroof decking new 2013,
Cockpit winches, foot-blocks & cleats re-seated 2013
Exterior varnish refreshed annually; paintwork re-newed as needed
New head units on fresh water pumps 2014
Vents & prisms on dorades re-seated 2013
Steering pedestal re-fitted 2014
New throttle Morse cable 2011
Re-fitted forward heads 2013 – new shower unit
Re-fitted aft heads 2014 – new shower sump
New fresh water supply & galley taps 2012.
Eberspacher new motor & wiring loom 2012
Re-fitted anchor windlass 2014
Bilges cleaned and painted 2015 including removal/refitting of shower trays to check/paint bilges underneath (excellent condition – photos available)
Removed, cleaned, replaced bowsprit fittings 2015 to check condition of Douglas fir under fittings – wood and fittings all in excellent condition
Painted topsides, including line detail and boot top 2015


Owners have properly maintained, upgraded and re-fitted her whenever required.  

A full history and build photographs are available. Designed and built by Carl H Höck in Cape Town, launched 1998. Spacious, practical interior with accom for 5 in 3 cabins plus pilot berths. Fully equipped for blue water cruising with ample tankage plus a unique rainwater catchment system.

Carl Höck was a German naval architect and ship/yacht builder with 40 years of practical experience. True to his ancestry he insisted on the very highest standards of workmanship with meticulous attention to detail and designed and built his boats to keep those in them safe in the worst of conditions. His yacht hulls carry rounded edges, compound curvatures and hull fairness which, when combined with modern coating systems to eliminate surface corrosion, ensure the security of investment.

This Höck 52 (marketed originally as a Nereide 157) was designed as a gaff ketch. Should a new owner wish to re-rig to the original gaff design and compete in Spirit of Tradition classes at any classic regatta, no changes would need to be made to ballast or hull as stability calculations and sail to displacement ratios were calculated for a gaff rig of steel lower masts, wooden top masts, spars and bowsprit. The present owners chose a Bermuda rig for ease of short-handed sailing.

Title Documents

VAT PAID – ToR certification (Returned Goods Relief)
RCD exempt – with correspondence to support from Principal Government Trading Standards Officer


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith, in this case we are acting as Brokers only.  Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The particulars are intended only as a guide and they do not constitute a term of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at his own expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


Trusted British Yacht Brokers, Established almost 40 years, specialising in Cruising and Blue Water yachts permanent offices in Lefkas Marina, Ionian Greece & Portsmouth, UK. We specialise in live aboard blue water cruisers. Experienced, Professional, Qualified All Brokers are Full Members of ABYA, we work to a code of practice with safe Clients bank Accounts and carry PI Insurance. As Agents for Allures and Garcia Yachting we represent blue water brands of cruisers with Aluminium hulls, GRP topsides and Lifting keels. Experience our Service we sell yachts nothing else. Call us for a chat 00 44 (0)1329 827053

ModelHock 52Max Draft7.2 feet
Williams and Smithells Ltd
Williams and Smithells Ltd
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