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SOLD – 27ft. Hillyard Six-tonner Bermudian Sloop, built 1955 – Lying: South-Coast


27ft. TRADITIONAL SIX-TONNER BERMUDIAN SLOOP designed & built in 1955 by David Hillyard, Littlehampton, West Sussex for Brigadier Ralph Emerson Pickering CBE.


“Popular size family cruising yacht, offering sea-kindly sailing ability, proven over many decades. Sistership to Arthur Ransome’s last yacht with the desirable aft cockpit layout. Much expenditure in the current ten-year ownership. Offered at an extremely competitive price for a quick sale. Immediate viewing recommended”


Boat Details

Overall Length: 27ft 4ins
Waterline: 25ft
Beam: 7ft 9ins
Draught: 4ft 3ins
Displacement: 5.5 Tons T M
Engine: 20hp Yanmar Diesel
Berths: Four Berths in two cabins
Sail: Bermudian Sloop Rig set 300 sq.ft
Designer: David Hillyard
Builder: Hillyard of Littlehampton
Year Built: 1955
Location: South Coast


The legendary David Hillyard needs little introduction as one of the most successful wooden boat-builders of the twentieth century, producing a staggering eight hundred boats from two-half tonners to large ocean-going schooners. The yard on the River Arun in Littlehampton, established in the 1920s was soon recognised for producing traditional, well-built family cruising yachts for a reasonable price.

The standard ‘Six-Tonners’ were built in reasonable large numbers post-war until the 1960s and mostly feature a centre cockpit and canoe stern. A number were built with an aft cockpit which provided a good ten-foot long main saloon, a feature which appealed to Arthur Ransom in one of his last boats built by Hillyards, LOTTIE BLOSSOM 11. The six-tonner design offers roomy accommodation for four with a weatherly sailing performance and classic styling.

MALINA was built for Brigadier Ralph Emerson Pickering CBE of the Queens Royal Regiment in 1955 to the aft cockpit design. After a few seasons sailing Douglas Southam-Cottell bought MALINA moving her from Littlehampton to a River Hamble mooring. Dr Roland Cox became the next registered owner followed in 1962 by Mr & Mrs R A Pitt of Wilmslow, Cheshire. The current owner bought MALINA in 2008 after a full survey. Recommendations from that survey have mostly been completed and MALINA is in commission and ready to sail from her South Coast marina mooring.

Carvel planked mahogany hull, copper nail and rove fastened to steam bent oak timbers. Sheathed marine-ply decks, mahogany brightwork. Spoon bow, canoe stern, round bilges and long ballast keel, with additional internal trimming ballast. Recent new sails, roller reefing system, new fuel tank, new horn timber, new batteries.

Traditional below decks accommodation with varnish mahogany joinery throughout.

SALOON with upholstered settee/berths to port and starboard, hanging locker to starboard, shelves and bulkhead racks.

GALLEY to port quarter with Taylors cooker, pantry and crockery lockers.

HEADS COMPARTMENT to port with marine wc.

SAIL LOCKER to starboard.

FORE CABIN with berths to port and starboard converting to a generous double berth.

AFT COCKPIT companionway to starboard, fore and aft locker seats with cave lockers under side decks. Stern lazarette, tiller steering.

BERMUDIAN SLOOP RIG – sets about 300 sq.ft plain sail. Headsail furling. New standing rigging 2008. Deck-stepped hollow spruce mast.

20hp YANMAR DIESEL ENGINE, 2GM20 installed about 1996, last serviced 2016. Three blade propeller. 40 litres fuel capacity.


  • Anchor
  • Manual Windlass
  • VHF Radio
  • Sounder
  • Log
  • Tailored Cockpit & Mooring Covers
  • Bathing Ladder
  • Fenders & Warps
  • Two Bilge Pumps
  • Life Jackets and FlaresGUIDE: Sold – December 2018.

    LYING: South Coast