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Hillyard - 6 Ton Bermudan Sloop

Hillyards had built boats from approx 1920, although building numbers were not allocated until after WW2 when the numbers commenced at 400.It is believed that as many as 800 boats ranging from 2.5 - 29 ton may have been built during the Boat yards lifetime. Lilani had been lying ashore at Bucklers Hard for several years. Her full cover had finally disintegrated over time; having been out of the water had taken its toll. Lilani was purchased by Bucklers Hard Boat Builders Ltd in 2004 as a project and was restored to her former glory. Now in need of a new home!







Hillyard 6 ton Bermudan sloop

Built 1949

Restored by Bucklers Hard Boat Builders Ltd

2005 – 2011

Principal dimensions:

L.O.A. 27’4" 8.33m

L.W.L. 24’0" 7.31m

Beam. 7’3" 2.21m

Draft . 4’3 1.30m

Build date : 1949

Build no: 439

Engine : Nanni 2 cylinder 14hp (10.3kW)

Fuel tank : 61 litre

Water tank: 88 litre


David Hillyard; Littlehampton, Sussex, UK

Vessel type:

Hillyard 6 ton, Centre cockpit, Canoe stern, Bermudan sloop

Hull construction:

Pitch pine, carvel planking on oak timbers, oak and elm keel

Deck construction:

Marine plywood epoxy sheathed, on mahogany beams

Coachroof : mahogany with epoxy sheathed plywood top

Cockpit : mahogany coamings , bulkheads , seat fronts marine ply seat tops and sole


Spruce mast and spruce ratchet roller reefing boom.

Hillyard History

Hillyards had built boats from approx 1920, although building numbers were not allocated until after WW2 when the numbers commenced at 400.It is believed that as many as 800 boats ranging from 2.5 - 29 ton may have been built during the Boat yards lifetime.

Recent history and restoration work

Lilani had been lying ashore at Bucklers Hard for several years. Her full cover had finally disintegrated, time; having been out of the water had taken its toll on the old lady, she was in great need of a lot of


Lilani was purchased by Bucklers Hard Boat Builders Ltd, in 2004 as a project to be restored, during the quiet periods in the yard, hence the period of restoration time.

Brief resume of works undertaken


All paint coatings removed from exterior of hull

Replacement of section of stern post

Replacement of rudder stock fairing

Sections of planking renewed (aft)

Replacement of section of stem

Sections of forward planking renewed

Ballast keel removed stripped back to metal ,primed and coated , re bedded, and refixed with new keel bolts

All internal ballast removed, cleaned, stripped and repainted.

Keel floors renewed where necessary

Recaulked primed and seam filled

Internal face cleaned back ,primed x 3, bilge area recoated with danboline type paint,

Internal joinery removed to allow access to side planking, stripped back primed and painted

Hull topsides 5 coats primer , 2 coats undercoat , 2 coats white enamel

Underwater section 5 coats primer , 2 coat underwater primer / antifoul primer, 2 coats antifoul

Boot top as above

Whale plank stripped 5 coats varnish


Removal of deck fittings

Removal of existing decking

Replacement of defective deck beams

Repair to stem head

Fitting of marine ply deck

Epoxy sheathing of deck

Renewed gunwhale rubber/toerail

New quadrant beadings

Fwd coachroof, repair to corner posts

Repair / replacement beams

Stripping of surface coatings

Repairs to mast step

Marine ply epoxy sheathed top

Fore hatch lid renewed

New mahogany hand rails

New beading

Aft coachroof replacement marine ply top epoxy sheathed

New beading

New sliding hatch top

5 x coats varnish to all bright work

Prime x 2 ; 2 coats deck paint


New companionway door

Refurbished seat fronts

New marine ply seat tops

New marine ply cockpit sole

Refurbished forward and aft bulkheads

Refurbished coamings

5x varnish on all bright work


Stripped ,refurbished, 6 x varnish

Replacement spreaders

Replacement standing rigging

Replacement running rigging

Boom ratchet mechanism refurbished

External fixtures and fittings

Chain plates replaced with marine grade stainless steel

Traditional wooden deck cleats renewed

New chain deck hawse pipe

New fairleads

New headsail blocks

New mainsheet blocks and cleats

Mainsheet track refurbished

Steering sheaves/ pins, replaced/refurbished

Steering cables replaced

Stainless steel cable conduits manufactured and fitted

Rudder bearings serviced

Internal fixtures and fittings


All domestic wiring renewed

New light fittings

New distribution panel

New rotary battery switch

Battery isolator switch

Replacement cabling for supplies,

new batteries


Engine removed from vessel

Engine stripped and rebuilt and refitted

New mounts

New fuel tank, filters, fuel lines, deck filler

New propeller, and key

New cutless bearing

Stern gland refurbished

New exhaust and water lock

Water inlet strainer replaced

Cooling pipes renewed

New gear and throttle cables

New control head

New manual bilge pump


New freshwater tank (larger capacity)

New deck filler

New hoses

New whale hand sink pump

Seacock’s refurbished

New ITT Jabsco toilet

New sani hose

Joinery/ General

Main cabin/heads

Joinery removed refurbished and replaced

New heads platform and sea toilet fitted

Bulkheads cleaned back and coated

Heads sole refurbished solid boards

Bunk fronts refurbished

Main sole replaced with marine grade plywood

Saloon table refurbished stripped and recoated

Cabin lockers refurbished , new brass hinges and catches

Galley refurbished with new worktop, sink, hand pump, and aperture for gimballed hob(or similar)

Sliding door runners refurbished

All window lens replaced

Aft cabin

Joinery removed refurbished and replaced

Bulkheads cleaned back and coated

Cabin lockers refurbished , new brass hinges and catches

Companionway hatch system refurbished/ replaced, new hinges

All window lens replaced


Wooden spars , mounted on tabernacle, with new standing rigging comprising of, twin forestay, back stay, cap shrouds, forward and aft lower shrouds, running rigging main halyard , genoa halyard , topping lift burgee halyard fitted 2011

1 x White mainsail (valeted and serviced) 2010

2 x white hanked headsails (valeted and serviced) 2010

2 x 12mm genoa sheets 2011 , 1 double ended 12mm mainsheet system

2 x sheet winches (refurbished 2010) 1winch handle

14 hp 2 cylinder Nanni diesel engine (rebuilt 2009),

3 blade prop 2011

Veteus 61 litre fuel tank 2010

Veteus 88 litre water tank 2010

1 x 60 ah (approx) engine start battery 2011

1 x 80 ah (approx) domestic battery 2011

Electrical and domestic

Complete rewire

6 way fused switch panel

Rotary type battery switch

Main cabin lighting

: 1 dome overhead light, 2 bunk reading lights


: 1 overhead light


:1 bulkhead light

Aft cabin

: 1 dome overhead light, 2 bunk reading lights

Power feed for nav lights.


: round stainless steel sink and whale hand freshwater pump 2011.

Aperture for cooking appliance, storage cupboard

Heads: new , latest model ITT Jabsco compact toilet and new pipe work 2011, large traditional wooden opening fore hatch

Main saloon:

Accessed from cockpit by sliding door: two full length single berths with storage forward , folding table , opening port on forward and aft end of coach roof, hanging locker aft end stbd.

Aft cabin.

Accessed by large sliding hatch, and clever hinged venting washboard system, 2 large single berths, with storage cupboard at aft end between berths.


Small and well enclosed .Wheel steering and engine controls to port , full length seats both sides. Stbd seat has small lifting section to access bilge pump

Engine is sited under cockpit.


Stem head / forestay fitting incorporating bow roller. There are two new galvanised fairleads mounted on the capping rail, amidships, Sampson post ,and two new 10" new wooden deck cleats.

The deck hawse pipe located just off C/L

Individual 316 grade polished stainless steel chain plates , steel painted tabernacle.

Full length mahogany handrails new 2011 are fitted to both cabin tops, the genoa is controlled by turning blocks leading to the sheet winches, and can be cleated off on the coamings.

On the aft deck is mounted a single c/l Samson post and fairleads Port and stbd.

Anchoring and safety

10kg Danforth type anchor fitted to foredeck , with 10m x 8mm chain and 20m x 12mm line spliced to chain. new2011

6 kg folding grapnel kedge anchor, 3m x 8mm chain , 15m x 12mm warp. New 2011

4 x 8m x 12mm mooring warps new 2011

4x fenders new 2011

1x Whale type bilge pump new 2011

1x horseshoe lifebelt and bracket new 2011

1x 2kg powder fire extinguisher new 2011

1 x fog horn

1 x emergency battery set navigation lights.

Foot note

Lilani does not come with bunk cushions, pulpit, pushpit, stanchions, and instruments, spray hood or cockpit cover

As each individual customer has their own preference on type, style, manufacturer etc, it was felt prudent to omit these from the sale.

We would be pleased to quote for these to individual specification

Price £ 19,750.00

(Please note the true restoration costs of this project were more that five time the asking price)


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Category:Sailing Boats
Model:6 Ton Bermudan Sloop
Mooring Country:United Kingdom
Year built:1949
Sales status:Sold
LOA:8.33 m/27 ft
Length:8.23 m/27 ft
Width:2.13 m/7 ft
KW:14.0 hp
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