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Kishiya is 12 ton Hillyard Sloop, built by Hillyards in 1960 and absolutely typical of their design and build. David Hillyard was a clever yacht designer and produced a new concept for a yacht to enable ordinary families to get out on the water in safety and comfort. Double ender hull with bluff ends to maximise use of the length on deck. The Centre cockpit allows for a separate aft cabin, central saloon, and a separate forward cabin that in Kishiya has a single berth and work bench. This design, which was unheard of until Hillyards started building yachts like this. It allowed for comfortable family cruising with 2 separate sleeping cabins and a communal saloon with standing headroom and comfortable seating. Unfortunately, the engine is presently not serviceable.
- Mahogany on oak frames
- "false teak laid deck
- all external galvanised fittings (including rails) replaced in stainless steel
- twin forestays, one with Profurl reefing
- fully battened mainsail with three reefs and stacker
-2020 cockpit canopies (also fore and aft sun canopies)
- 45lb CQR and new 10 mm chain on Bulldog windlass, 35lb CQR kedge
- 2019 Raymarine ACU400 autohelm driving longshaft linear drive (very strong) - cost over £5k
- autohelm connected to Garmin GPSMap
-keelbolts replaced 10 years ago
-standing rigging all 7mm s/s (one size up)
- dog boarding ramp on port side !
-fore cabin bunk converted to a workbench with swivelling 150mm vice
-Bengco charcoal heater in saloon
-4 ltr chest fridge/freezer
-double stainless galley sink
-2016 Neptune gimballed stove
- 4 large batteries in two banks (charging via Sterling regulator)
- new gas pipes/fittings
-4000 gph electric bilge pump + manual pump
-hot and cold pressurised water (60 gallon tank to port)
- 60 gallon stainless diesel tank to stbd
-Eberspacher warm air heating
-Lavac heads with brand new pump fitted
- full sized chart table
-large double bunk in aft cabin
-two settee berths with lee cloths in saloon
-most original cast iron ballast replaced with lead
Original raw water cooled 2.2ltr Newage (BMC) Commander, gear box and reduction box. Engine needs rebuild or replacement following head gasket leak coming home immediately following my stroke in Dartmouth. By the time I got to work on it the salt water had caused a seizure. I refurbed the head but the rest is now beyond me in my current state.
Apart from the engine she is sound and seaworthy. In 2016 we went to Scotland via Ireland and toured the Inner and Outer Hebrides, through the Caledonian Canal and back and through the Crinnan Canal on the way home. We were all ready to go again in 2020 when covid struck and then I got my wings clipped.
Kishiya is a grand old boat that has obviously been well looked after, and although the engine could be repaired, it would probably be expedient to fit a new one, hence the low price. The seller was a professional sailmaker so he worked hard to design and trim the sails to achieve the maximum efficiency and speed.