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Sold: 37ft HILLYARD TWELVE TONNER KETCH – 1972 – Excellent Example – Recent Survey – Lying: Chichester



Boat Details

Overall Length: 37ft 6ins
Waterline: 32ft
Beam: 10ft 2ins
Draught: 4ft 7ins
Displacement: 13 Tons T M
Engine: 50hp BMC Diesel
Berths: Six in Three Cabins
Sail: 500 sq.ft Bermudian Rigged Ketch
Designer: David Hillyard
Builder: Hillyard of Littlehampton
Year Built: 1972
Location: West Sussex


Designed and built by Hillyards of Littlehampton in 1972 for Mr & Mrs P Reeves and kept on the Hamble River. The legendary David Hillyard needs little introduction as one of the most successful UK 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. Excellent September 2022 survey.

The standard ‘Twelve Tonners’ were built in a reasonable number and feature a centre cockpit and aft double cabin. The design offers roomy accommodation for six people with weatherly sailing performance and classic styling and as such have, over the years completed numerous long ocean passages, although an ideal coastal cruising vessel. July 2022 haul-out and antifoul.

Launched as APRIL LOVE for the first owners and registered in 1973. Captain D C Thomas bought the yacht in 1979, she was re-named and moved to a Chichester based mooring, her base for the past forty years. The current owners have maintained DIPHDA to a high standard and retained the original character and classic style whilst introducing modern navigation and equipment.

Carvel iroko planked on steamed oak timber. Cascover sheathed marine-ply decks. Mahogany superstructure, cockpit and brightwork. Original deck hardware and fittings. Long keel, round bilges, raked stem and transom stern. DIPHDA features an extremely spacious saloon, with galley, chart table, seating/berths and cabin table. Forward V berth cabin and a separate owners aft double cabin with ensuite heads compartment. The open centre cockpit has a canvas sprayhood and enclosure.

BMC (Newage) 50hp Commander Inboard Diesel (1972). Shaft Drive. 3 Blade Bronze Propeller. Cruising Speed: 6 knots Max Speed: 7 knots. 40 gallon Fresh Water: 40 gallons diesel capacity. 3 Batteries, 2 leisure, 1 starter battery. Alternator charging system.

IWheel with hydraulic steering. Centre cockpit. Guard-wires and stanchions. Plough anchor with manual windlass. Cockpit table (removable on bracket, stows in aft cabin) 4 opening port lights. 1 Opening hatch forward. Cockpit lockers. Boat hook. Navigation equipment with Garmin plotter. Raymarine log/speed/depth. Raymarine Autopilot. Compass. Clock/barometer. TV and portable TV aerial. Nav lights.

Accommodation for 6 berths in 3 cabins. Approx 6’6” headroom. Blue patterened upholstery and curtains. Pine sole boards in saloon and carpet in fore and aft cabins. Saloon table. Chart table. Galley with sink, oven/grill/ 2 burner hob, fridge with small freezer compartment, waste bin and crockery/cutlery. Forward cabin with V berth. Jabsco manual toilet to port side of companionway to forward cabin, with sink on stbd side. Aft cabin with V berth and infill to make double. Ensuite heads to aft cabin with Jabsco manual toilet, wash basin and shower with shower curtain. Charcoal heater in saloon. Steel water tank with approx 40-50 gal capacity.

Varnished spruce main mast, mizzen and spars. Stainless steel standing rigging.

Fully battened main sail.

Furling Genoa.

Cruising chute (hardly used)

Whisker pole

2 Winches

Canvas Sprayhood with full cockpit enclosure

Summer cover.


LYING: West Sussex


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