30ft Gaff Cutter, 1930, Hillyard design

Withdrawn for the Season 2021. 

Location: Walton on the Naze, CO14 8DT, Essex GB
Make: Hillyard
Year: 1930
Condition: very good
Category: Sail
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


“Iskra” 1930 is a powerful sail boat capable of good passages and extended cruises. 30ft LOD, 10ft beam, 4’6″ draft.
Built by David Hillyard of Littlehampton is a conventional gaff cutter of the period with a hull reminiscent of South Coast fishing vessels, long straight keel, she sleeps 4 (5 at a pinch) and can be handled easily by two people. Her previous owner was Frank Mulville, Sailor / author who sailed her extensively single-handed, as has her present owner.
He bought her in 1970s, wrote a number of fine books about his voyages which included several Atlantic crossings, a circumnavigation of Iceland and a long trip to the country of his birth, Argentina.
Last insurance Survey was carried out 2015. All Recommendations were attended too.
Present owner set about restoring her on his purchase of her 2000 and has cruised around UK and European waters including Southern Brittany and latterly 3 years in the Baltic.


Nominal Length: 9.14 m
Length Overall: 11.58 m
Length Of Deck: 9.14 m
Length At Water Line: 8.99 me

Beam: 2.87m
Draft: 1.52m
Air Draft: 12.19m
Max Draft: 1.52m

Summer of Lock down,  May 2020   Refit completed, re-launched o a swinging mooring.


Fuel Tank Capacity: 100litres
Water Tank Capacity: 110 litres
Displacement: 8.00tonnes
Cruising Speed: 5 knots
Engine Power: 45hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 5
Cabins: 1
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 4


Builder: Hillyards of  Littlehampton.
Designer: David Hillyard
Boat Name: Iskra


Engine Model: Lombardini LDW2004
Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Description: Lombardini LDW,  2004 –  45 hp diesel – 1996 – serviced regularly and engineers recommendations carried out.

3 bladed fixed prop gives ample power for continuous cruising at 5 knots.  2 x heavy duty full discharge batteries fitted

2 x stainless steel fuel tanks – approx. 50 litres each
Engine Transmission Description: Shaft drive


Hull Design: Displacement  Hull Speed: 9: knots Long straight keel, her generous beam measurement is carried well forward, with  a pleasing run aft, a transom stern.  Rudder hung from the transom with tiller steering.
Strong traditional construction – pitch pine on oak with pine deck covered in marine ply and epoxy/glass covering. Her under water shape gives her great sea going qualities and competent performance at sea.
Iskra had a major refit 2000/2001 by Brian Kennell of Maldon including new cast iron floors, keel bolts checked, deck strengthened and waterproofed with marine ply/epoxy covering. She has a totally new but traditionally  styled interior, constructed in marine ply, covered in varnished Ash t&g by Adrian Riva of Maldon. Marie Ply bulkheads were tied into the structure to strengthen the hull in the mast step and chain plates. Cockpit and cabin sides original solid teak. A new rudder was also built and refitted at that time.

Since the refit Iskra has been regularly surveyed and any recommendations have been fully carried out. All lead internal ballast. Cast iron ballast keel.
2020. Iskra has undergone a full external refit and repaint. Completed August 2020 and she has now returned to the water.



A sliding hatch over a 2 part companionway ladder descends over the engine box.
Teak cabin sides with opening bronze port lights.
Glazed skylight over the saloon with cover. A fore hatch gives access to the fore deck with cover .
Double berth in fore cabin with a chemical toilet under the berth.
Privacy curtaining.
Main cabin has a pilot berth to stb’d with lee cloths and another berth can be had on the main cabin settee.
There is a folding cabin table which can be stowed away, up forward. It can accommodate 5/6 people for meals
The galley is to stb’d, Taylors Paraffin stove – 2 burners and oven just just been replaced with a newer model , October 2020.
s/s paraffin tank – approx.30 litres, Sink with fresh water Cold only bronze pump. pump. Fresh water in 2 s/s tanks approx. 110 litres capacity.
There is a navigation table to port with a seat for the Navigator, facing forward,
behind that seat is a spacious quarter berth.
All berths are at least 6’6″ long, burgundy red PVC berth cushioning.
4 period electric lights, 2 gimballed antique paraffin cabin lights, trawler paraffin light, Tilly lantern.
Large open aft cockpit, loose cockpit cushions.
Solid fuel stove.


Aries wind vane steering unit is available  it has been serviced but not installed on the vessel.

Simpson Lawrence Sea Tiger, 25lb CQR, 35lb CGR, 180ft 3/8th chain, 250ft kedge warp, 2 x 45lb Fisherman storm anchors
Fenders and assorted warps
8ft fibreglass pram dinghy simulated with varnished wood trim. Stows on chocks on cabin top. Pair of oars and rowlocks. Dinghy kedge anchor
All over Winter cover – tailor-made to cover boat from stem to stern with mast in place. Cockpit cover for summer use. Dinghy cover. Fitted main sail cover
Chimney for the stove.
Bronze deck vents.
Deck brushes

Rig and Sails:

Original mast, probably pine recently varnished. Keel stepped. Gaff and boom both built last 15 years, in good shape. Bowsprit 5 years old. Recent suit of sails all by Quattro in 2014.
Traditional wooden blocks and rope running rigging.
Boom crutch. Deck winches . back stay levers.
Sails:  Light weight Reacher made by Gayle Heard 2000. Assorted older sails including : a spare main, 2 stay sails, a topsail, storm jib, 2 stay sails, storm tri sail,

twin fore sails – all old but sound and serviceable. Rigging stainless steel approx. 20 years old. Jibs are set on Wykeham-Martin furler, stay sails have single reefs.

Main is loose footed with 3 reefs with conventional slab reefing – 2 reefing winches fitted on boom. There are 2 fore sail winches fitted to cockpit coamings.

Navigation Equipment:

Navigation lights – tricolour, steaming, anchor lights fitted
Firdall blipper radar reflector
Icom ICM23 VHF hand held
Garmin GPSs 128
Seafarer 501 Echo sounder
Simrad TP32 autopilot (2015)
Paraffin anchor light
Paraffin navigation lights

Safety Equipment:

Fog horn
Grab rails on he cabin roof and inside the coach roof.
Horseshoe life ring
Fire extinguisher.
Boarding ladder