A Hillyard 28' wooden Bermudan cutter, 7 ton, built 1931 and on the Hillyard Register, 'Fortuna III' is recognised as a sister ship to the 'Nancy Blackett' (Arthur Ransomes' yacht) and has become available for purchase due to sad and unforseen circumstances.
This description has been prepared for someone who has become to ill to look after her, and any prospective purchaser should satisfy themselves as to its accuracy as no warranty/guarantee is either given or implied. There is no available survey, so your own inspection is required.
She is currently on the Hard at Watchet Harbour and easy to view. Unusually, for a larger Hillyard, she is transom sterned and was originally a masthead sloop.
The hull appears sound and watertight but is currently in primer and needing a topcoat. The interior is sound but in need of attention, retaining most of its original fittings. Full standing headroom, no heads.
Currently cutter rigged with retracting furling gear fitted to bowspit and a tabernacle stepped mast. Traditional red sails in useable condition. Engine is said to be serviceable. Good useable cockpit tent/cover.
Mast butt end has a split but this could be easily repaired.
My personal only concern is some rot to the deck. The deck has been sheathed, but exposed in this area for assessment.
Harbour fees for April 2018 onwards will be due on purchase.
I believe that at this price she is an absolute gem - but will need considerable skills and attention. Had I not already possessed a Hillyard (which requires her own attention!) I would have had no hesitaion in buying her for myself. Please feel free to contact me for more details (such as I can supply) and to arrange viewing by appointment only.
Phone: +44(0)7760 207308