Hannah : The Family Boat
Hannah was built for the Coulson family who kept her until 1979, when they 'upgraded' to a plastic boat. Regretting the decision, they bought the larger 16 ton Hillyard, Moonflower, in 1972. They kept her until retiring from boat ownership in 1994.
Having grown up on a Hannah and Moonflower, Doug Coulson first owned the 6 ton Mavrodaphne between 1992 and 2001, before buying back Hannah in 1999. Thus, for a couple of years Doug owned two Hillyards, an experience he does not recommend.
Doug is widely respected amongst Hillyard owners for his encyclopedic knowledge about the boats built by David Hillyard. He's a frequent contributor to the Hillyard FaceBook group and has built up a large collection of archive material. He surprised followers of the group by announcing earlier this year his intention to sell Hannah commenting “This is difficult, given the boat's family history with me, but I knew when I bought her back into our family over 16 years ago, that this time would come”.
Hannah has just (October 2017) been reduced to £17,500 on the Wooden Ships brokerage website.
Part of a watercolour showing Hannah on 9th August 1968
Built : 1968 by David Hillyard at Littlehampton, England
LOA : 32' 0"
LWL : 29' 0"
Beam : 8' 9"
Draught : 4' 6"
Displacement : 9 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 334973
Signal Letters : ---
Hannah Custodians & Home Ports
Doug Coulson (1999-2017...) Hythe Marina, England
ARD Waghorn (1980-?) Burnham, England
DTA Coulson (1968-1979) Portsmouth, England
Page last updated : October 2017