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Sold – 32ft. HILLYARD NINE TONNER BERMUDIAN SLOOP – 1965 – Lying: South-Coast



Boat Details

Overall Length: 32ft
Waterline: 28ft
Beam: 8ft 9ins
Draught: 4ft 6ins
Displacement: 9 Tons T M
Engine: 12hp Petter Diesel
Berths: Six Berths in Three Cabins
Sail: Bermudian Sloop Rig sets 380 sq. ft.
Designer: David Hillyard
Builder: Hillyards of Littlehampton
Year Built: 1965
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 ‘Nine Tonners’ were built in reasonable large numbers and feature a centre cockpit, aft double cabin and canoe stern. The design offers roomy accommodation for six people with weatherly sailing performance and classic styling.

AIDEESEA was built in 1965 for Arthur Chesterfield CBE of Woodlands Court, Brighton, keeping her on a Chichester Harbour mooring. Arthur a member of the Westminster Bank Yacht Club. During the early 1970s Mr & Mrs A E Cattle of Pinner, Middlesex. AIDEESEA has only had three owners in total since being built, the current owner bought the boat in 1976 and has carefully maintained her to a high standard since keeping her in the Lymington River.

Carvel mahogany planked hull all copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers. Marine-ply decks epoxy sheathed in 2005 by Hillyard. Varnished mahogany superstructure, cockpit and brightwork

Traditional interior with mahogany joinery throughout, original as-built with a centre cockpit and three separate cabin layout.

FORE CABIN with berths to port and starboard, forehatch, chain locker and athwartships bulkhead with door to: SALOON with settee berths to port and starboard, lockers above and below. GALLEY to the port side with cooker, sink, pantry and crockery lockers. Centre cockpit with locker seating, wheel helm with hydraulic steering, fold-down table. Aft cabin with twin berths, lockers and wardrobe and marine HEADS COMPARTMENT.

BERMUDIAN SLOOP RIG -sets 380 sq.ft plain sail.
Mainsail and cover
Roller reefing headsails x 2
Cruising chute
Conventional headsail
Conventional staysail
Conventional stormsail


30 Fathoms of chain attached to Bruce Anchor
C.Q.R Anchor with leader chain and rope (auxiliary)
2 boat hooks (one with rope and slip hook).
Firedell radar reflector
Ball and cone signals
Sea Anchor with line
3 Fenders
Oil lamp on gimbals
VHF radio
Gas detector
Compass Light
All manuals including GPS and engine
Fuel tank 30 gallons
2 batteries (VHF radio/domestic services/starting engine)

12hp Petter Twin Diesel Engine (AV2RMR) with reverse gear
Bilge pump
Freshwater tank 30 gallons
Riding light (oil)
Mooring ropes/tow ropes
Spare gas cylinder
Winter cover
Many misc engine parts and boat gear.


Remarkably original and well cared for example of this ever-popular cruising yacht design, in current forty-five-year ownership. Offered at a realistic guide price to sell this season. In full commission and ready to sail. Last surveyed in August 2017. Viewing highly recommended. Laid up afloat for winter 2020.


LYING: South Coast


DISCLAIMER: Classic Yacht Brokerage offer the details and photographs of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information or images or warrant the condition of the vessel, machinery or rig.  Buyers should instruct their representative, agents or their surveyors to investigate such details as the buyer requires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.