Built 1930 by David Hillyard in Littlehampton, 'Iskra' is a powerful sailboat capable of good passages and extended cruises. 30ft LOD, 10ft beam, 4’6” draft.
Built by David Hillyard of Littlehampton in 1930, 'Iskra' is a conventional gaff cutter of the period with a hull reminiscent of South Coast fishing vessels, long straight keel, maximum beam quite far forward in the way of the chainplates and a beautiful run aft. Iskra sleeps 4 (5 at a pinch) and can be handled easily by two people. Frank Mulville sailed her extensively single-handed and I have too although mainly for much for short passages.
Her early history is unknown but her previous owner was Frank Mulville who bought her in 1970s and sailed her extensively both single-handed and with his wife Wendy. He 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. I restored her when I bought her around 2000 and have cruised around UK and European waters including Southern Brittany and latterly 3 years in the Baltic.
Strong traditional construction - pitch pine on oak with pine deck covered in marine ply and epoxy/glass covering. 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. Totally new but traditional interior in marine ply covered in varnished ash t&g by Adrian Riva of Maldon. Ply bulkheads were tied into the structure to strengthen the hull in the mast step and chainplates. 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.
Original mast - probably pine - recently varnished. Keel stepped. Gaff and boom both recently built ( last 15 years) and in good shape.> Bowsprit also recent ( 5 years). Recent suit of sails ( Quattro 2014) Light weight reacher( GayleHeard 2000) Assorted older sails including spare main , 2staysl,topsl, storm jib 2 staysls , storm trysail, twin forsls - all old but sound and serviceable. Rigging stainless steel 20 years old but still in good shape with no sign of deterioration. Jibs are set on wykeham-martin furler, stayls have single reefs. Main is loose footed with 3 reefs with conventional slab reefing - 2 reefing winches fitted on boom. There are 2 forsl winches fitted to cockpit coaming.
Lombardini ldw 2004 45 hp diesel - approx 1996 - services regularly and engineers recommendations carried out. 3 bladed fixed prop. Gives ample power for continuous cruising at 5 knots. 2 heavy duty full discharge batteries fitted -- replaced 1 year and 3 years ago. 2 s/s fuel tanks – approx. 50 litres each
Lights - tricolour, steaming , anchor lights fitted
Firdall blipper radar reflector
Icom ic m23 vhf handheld
Garmin GPSs 128
Seafarer 501 Echosounder
Simrad tp32 autopilot ( 2015)
Paraffin anchor light
Paraffin navigation lights
Double Berth in forecabin with Chemical loo under berth
Main cabin has a pilot berth to stbd with lee cloths and another berth can be had on the main cabin settee.
There is a folding cabin table which can be stowed.up for’d
The table can accommodate 5/6 people for meals
The galley with sink is to stbd and there is a nav table to stbd with a seat for the navigator facing forward.
Behind that seat to port is a spacious quarter berth.
All berths are at least 6’6” long
4 period electric lights
2 gimballed antique paraffin cabin lights, trawler paraffin light, Tilly lantern.
Taylors Paraffin stove – 2 burners, S/s paraffin tank – approx.30 litres, Sink with fresh water foot pump. Fresh water in 2 s/s tanks approx. 110 litres capacity.
Anchoring & Mooring
Simpson Lawrence sea tiger, 25lb CQR, 35lb CGR, 180ft 3/8th chain, 250ft kedge warp, 2 45lb Fisherman storm anchors
Fenders and assorted warps
8 foot fibrglass pram dinghy ( clinker) – varnished wood trim. Stows on chocks on cabin top. Oars and rowlocks. Dinghy kedge.
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 mainsail cover
Last Insurance Survey 2015 - minor recommendations - all carried out
Contact Nick Zienau: +44 (0)7831 27357
'Iskra' is lying in Walton-on-the-Naze