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Hillyard 37 ft 12 Ton Ketch 1939 - Sold



Hillyard 37 ft 12 Ton Ketch 1939

Designer David Hillyard
Builder Hillyard Littlehampton
Date 1939
Length overall 44 ft 11 in / 13.7 m
Length deck 37 ft 1 in / 11.3 m
Length waterline 0 ft 0 in / 0 m
Beam 9 ft 10 in / 3 m
Draft 5 ft 7 in / 1.7 m
Displacement 12 Tonnes
Construction Carvel pitch pine planking on oak frames
Engine Perkins 4.108 engine rebuilt 2007
Location United Kingdom
Price Sold

These details are provisional and may be amended



David Hillyard established a reputation as a builder of pinnaces and other wooden vessels for the Admiralty during World War I. Then in the early 1920s he started to build yachts for private ownership at his Littlehampton yard - and the particular quality of his boats for sea kindliness is legendary. LADY CORINNE is double ended and planked in pitch pine on oak frames. Her current owners are responsible for the boat’s impressive condition with a significant refit including a new deck in 2009. LADY CORINNE has repaid them in kind - safely taking them to the Caribbean and back - meanwhile snatching silverware from some larger vintage yachts as only a brave Hillyard can!


History notes

LADY CORINNE’s build was started at Hillyards in Littlehampton in 1939 and the hull completed before the yard was obliged to turn its attention to the war effort. During the War years she lay in a mud berth where the salt water preserved her timbers until she was finished and commissioned in 1945. She was incidentally the first boat to be launched from that yard after the war.

She has had a colourful life including many years as an RAF adventurous training yacht; replacing one of their Windfalls; the former Luftwaffe owned yachts, which had foundered on rocks somewhere off the French coast.

The current owners returned to Chichester in 2015 from a 16 day Trans Atlantic crossing. Prior to that she had cruised extensively in the Caribbean, during which period she also entered her in the 2010 Antigua Classics, achieving a 2nd in class and 2nd place in the privately maintained Concours d’ Elegance.



- Pitch pine planking on oak frames
- Many fastenings replaced and 16 frames replaced 2009
- Substantial 5/8th inch/ 15 mm teak deck laid over new 17 mm marine ply sub deck


Accommodation and domestic equipment

- Access fwd of cockpit companionway steps down
- Lobby with galley to port and navigation stbd
- White painted deck head and trunk cabin elevations with contrasting varnished deck beams
- Mixed solid pine and teak trimmed joinery
- Pine cabin sole

- Plastimo Atlantic 2 burner hob with grill and oven to port aft
- Stowage lockers outboard above
- 12V DC fridge under work surface fwd port side
- Sink with bronze tap fwd over stowage drawer
- Half bulkheads fwd

- L shaped settee berth to port to full bulkhead fwd
- Stowage below and outboard above
- Substantial drop double leaf dining table
- Long settee berth to stbd with stowage under and outboard above to half bulkhead fwd
- Pareo wood burning stove fwd to stbd
- Stowage locker to stbd

Head compartment to port
- Blake manual sea WC

- Varnished slats lining interior
- Vee single berths to infill forward
- Open chain beyond slats fwd

Coming aft through saloon
- Large chart table with stowage under stbd by companionway
- Navigation and electric system instruments and controls
- Engine compartment below and abaft steps


Rig, spars sails and canvas

From for’ard
- 8 ft bowsprit
- New inner and outer foresail Rotostay roller furling 2005
- Solid Douglas fir main mast with 2 spreaders and boom
- Oversized stainless steel standing rigging and all bottle screws replaced 2005
- Shrouds to 3 stainless chain plates each side
- Mizzen mast and boom
- Shrouds to 2 x stainless steel chain plates each side
- Short bumpkin
- Synthetic running rigging
- Complete set of Arun Rockall sails with matching main & mizzen stack packs 2005
- Red canvas spray hood
- Red canvas sail covers
- Matching canvas covers for hatches and cockpit


Deck layout, equipment and ground tackle

From aft
- Bumpkin and pushpit
- Encased wire double safety rail through stanchions forward to pulpit
- Bronze fairleads on cap rail and teak mooring cleats on deck
- Large raised teak lazarette casing
- Mizzen mast
- Lazarette lifting hatch with port light
- Self draining cockpit with high coamings 2009
- Helm wheel and engine instruments aft
- Engine controls stbd
- Seating each side
- Castellated teak cockpit grating
- Folding stowable cockpit table
- 2 x Lewmar 40 bronze 2 speed ST winches for Genoa and Yankee 2005 on plinths outboard
- 2 pairs wooden cleats outboard on coaming
- Steering compass on trunk cabin bulkhead to port
- Nav instrument repeaters on stbd bulkhead and coach roof
- Doorway and sliding hatch access to accommodation on centreline
- 2 x Lewmar 16 bronze single speed winches for staysail 2005 on coach roof; one each side
- Varnished teak handrails on coach roof each side
- Butterfly skylight hatch
- 3 x Bronze port lights in trunk cabin each side and
- Bronze mushroom vent port side fwd in coach roof
- Sealable smoke stack fwd stbd in coach roof
- 2 x Bronze port lights in trunk cabin forward
- 2 x Bronze Highfield main backstay levers and deck blocks
- Main mast with pin rail surrounding
- Bronze main halyard winch
- Bronze spinnaker track on leading edge
- Varnished teak raised fore hatch with portlight
- Teak mooring cleats each side
- 35 LB CQR anchor with ample galvanised chain
- Kedge anchor with chain & warp
- Simpson Lawrence manual anchor windlass with gypsy
- Bowsprit
- Bronze fairleads
- Twin bow rollers
- Stainless steel pulpit
- Mooring lines and fenders


Mechanical electrical and tankage

- Perkins 4.108 engine - completely rebuilt and painted 2007
- New Hurth 2:1 gearbox 2010
- Vetus exhaust system including new hoses and exhaust gas temperature monitor
- Engine monitoring instruments, oil pressure, water temp & Ammeter 2005
- Kiwi folding propeller
- 4 x Semi flexible solar panels to coach roof
- 2 x 145 Ah deep cycle marine domestic batteries 2009
- 1 x Gel engine start battery
- X-Alt Driftgate 2000 & X-Split battery monitor & charging system
- All through hulls, hoses and sea cocks replaced 2009
- New gas pipes and regulator 2009
- Masthead LED Tri light
- Mast mounted deck light
- Hella navigation lights
- Shore power with 13 A sockets throughout and mains saloon lights
- Plastimo c 26 gallon / 100 litre soft diesel fuel tank
- Stainless steel c 18 gallon / 80 litre fresh water tank


Navigation, communications and electronics

- Raymarine RL70C radar & chart plotter 2006
- Garmin GPS 152H 2011
- Raymarine ST6002 auto helm including steer to wind
- Raymarine ST60 wind instrument
- Raymarine ST60+ depth
- Plastimo ships compass
- Plastimo bulkhead mounted brass clock & barometer 2005
- Icom DSC VHF 2006 with waterproof external extension speaker
- Kenwood stereo CD & radio with aux input
- 4 x 150 W Fusion waterproof speakers; two in saloon and two in cockpit



- Plastimo 4 person life raft
- Rule automatic electric bilge pump 2009
- Whale Gusher manual bilge pump
- Fire extinguisher and fire blanket


Restoration / refit

Major refit in 2009
Traditional boat builder Tony Powell undertook the work; having learnt his trade while completing his apprenticeship at the Hillyard boat yard where LADY CORINNE was originally built.

-Entire deck replaced
-New hatch covers
-Full repaint
-Total refit below deck

Spring 2016
- 4 weeks in the shed at Chichester Marina
- Sanded and re-sprayed top sides
- Sanded and re varnished all bright work with 6 coats of Epiphanes traditional yacht varnish
- Sanded anti foul and replaced with two coats of International
- Replaced anodes on hull and prop shaft
- Serviced the Kiwi folding propeller
- Rubbed down and re varnished the mast, mizzen, bowsprit and bumpkin


These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as a general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.


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