History of Hillyard Yachts
The exact number of yachts built by Hillyard's is not known. It could have been as many as 800 and there are records of around 600 with tonnages between 2.5 and 29. The yachts quality of sea kindliness is legendary.
David Hillyard established his reputation as a builder of
pinnaces and other small wooden vessels for the Admiralty in the First
World War. In the very early 1920's he commenced building sailing
yachts at the yard in Littlehampton for private ownership. One of the
earliest, Twinkler 4 tons 1922, is still being sailed by owners Ted and
Diana Evans out of Woodbridge on the River Deben, Suffolk.
The Hillyard's Boat List can be viewed via this link. Hillyard Boat List
Sadly, since early 2009, after over 90 years in business,
David Hillyard Ltd, are no longer building and repairing yachts and
have ceased trading.
Nine ton Hillyards, Trimley Maid,from Poole.
Fiametta Clyde. Marden, Dun Laoghaire. Location Bay of Crinan
Argyll Scotland May 1985.