1972 Hillyard 37' Ketch

Hillyard 37' Ketch - Description

1972 Hillyard 37' Ketch with BMC Commander 50hp diesel engine. Diphda is a beautiful example of one of Hillyard's Littlehampton built boats; Iroko on oak with a ply casco sheathed deck. She has an extremely spacious saloon area, with galley, chart table, seating/berths and table, a forward V berth and a separate aft cabin with ensuite heads compartment. The open centre cockpit has a canvas sprayhood and enclosure. Ideal boat for family cruising in a classic vessel, you'll need to get used to all the admiring comments from passers by! Available to view by appointment at Birdham Pool Marina. - Back on the market through no fault of the boat, after a very good survey a buyer had personal reasons for not continuing with a purchase.

Engine and electrical

  • BMC/Newage Commander 50hp diesel inboard diesel engine on shaft drive
  • Approx 40 gal fuel tank
  • 3 blade bronze propellor
  • 3 Batteries, 2 leisure, 1 starter
  • Alternator charging system

Deck and Construction

  • Iroko planking on oak timbers
  • Ply casco sheatheed deck
  • Long keel
  • Wheel with hydraulic steering
  • Centre cockpit
  • Guardwires and stanchions
  • Plough anchor with manual windlass
  • Cockpit table (removable on bracket, stows in aft cabin)
  • 4 opening ports
  • 1 Opening hatch forward
  • Cockpit lockers
  • Boat hook

Navigation equipment

  • Garmin plotter
  • Raymarine log/speed/depth
  • Raymarine Autopilot
  • Compass
  • Clock/barometer
  • TV and portable TV aerial
  • Nav lights


  • 6 berths in 3 cabins
  • Approx 6'6'' headroom
  • Blue patterened upholstery
  • Curtains
  • Pine flooring 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
  • Hot water
  • Steel water tank with approx 40-50 gal capacity

Sails and spars

  • Fully battened main sail
  • Furling Genoa
  • Cruising chute (hardly used)
  • Whisker pole
  • 2 Winches


  • Sprayhood with full cockpit enclosure
  • Summer cover

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.



Overall length: 11.28m
Hull beam: 3.1m
Max. displacement: 0kg
Fuel capacity: 181.84 litres
Engine: 1 x BMC (Newage) Commander
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