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,
Hillyard - The Man, His Boats and Their Sailors by
Nicholas Gray is now available in bookshops or onlne at lodestarbooks.com
This gives a preview of this comprehensive and facsinating
by Nicholas Gray
The Hillyard's Boat List can be viewed via this link. Hillyard Boat
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.