1996 Tillotson-Pearson 32 Pilothouse Motorsailer


YACHT DETAILS: 1996 Tillotson-Pearson 32 Pilothouse Motorsailer








Deltaville, VA
$69,000 USD
32 ft
3.5 ft
11 ft
40.5 ft









(2) 45|gallon
(2) 60|gallon
(1) 15|gallon

Hesper is an absolute gem.  Both interior and exterior are brimming with classic boat details. She was designed by Bill Garden who was famous for his Willard hull designs. She has a roomy circular cockpit and can be helmed from cockpit or from inside the wheelhouse. The boat has been immaculately maintained and is a delight to see. Current owners are the third owners and the boat has been cruised extensively up and down the east coast from Newfoundland to Bahamas.

The boat was laid up by Tillotson Pearson in solid fibreglass to very stout scantlings in 1975, and carefully stored indoors for 20 years. 

She was bought and finished  by two very experienced shipwrights and was launched in 1996, hence the hull number is 1975 but coastguard documentation is 1996.

The current owner and his family (since 2010) describes her performance as motorsailer as follows:

“Time on HESPER is always worth spending. Whether motoring to drop anchor in a cove during the Fourth or heading out in higher winds for full sail, she offers a steady sail and comfortable space to enjoy with friends of family” 

“Wind under 10k:  Very pleasant motoring.

Wind 10-15k: Motor-sailing w/ engine running between1000-1500 rpm.

Wind 15-25k:  The really sweet spot – sailing under full canvas. The boat has an easy motion – not at all phased by any sea conditions encountered.

Wind over 25k: Shorten sail or just power-through w/ 60 hp diesel”

In addition to being an able ocean going vessel Hesper could also be easily used for exploring rivers and canals. Her deck stepped mast which can be lowered using only equipment on the boat, and her draft is only 3’6″. This might be your perfect boat for the Great Loop.

The key to Hesper is quality and simplicity – every detail having been thought out carefully and logically for easy use and maintenance, nothing missing, nothing extra.  A boat to use and to love.



As you descend into the main cabin you will find the head compartment to your right with head, sink with shower attachment, storage, and charming frosted nautical window panel to allow light in from main cabin.

The main cabin comprises two long settees, the starboard one slides out to make a double berth.  A  drop down folding table is stowed vertically on the forward bulkhead and is very easy to unclip and set up.  On the opposite bulkhead aft the Force 10 heater is well situated to create cosy evenings on this vessel. On the port side forward is a small desk with storage. 

Climb up two steps into the bright wheelhouse with windows all around.  To starboard is the skippers seat, a classic wheel, the nav. instruments and engine controls, and nice storage for navigators guide books.  On the port side of the pilothouse you will find a substantial chart table and bench seat.   The entire mid section of the floor lifts to reveal the engine.

Ahead of the Pilothouse you descend into the very comfortable, airy galley with Force 10 stove and full oven to port, and ss double sink to starboard.  Nice built it storage for crockery and cutlery and supplies.   Grated access forward to the anchor chain locker.

Every cabinet and locker and floorboard through this vessel  is fit with beautiful brass and bronze fixtures, beautiful to look at, and easy to open and close.

Numerous lights and lamps where you need them.   All compartments feature 12vdc and 120vac lighting.   One oil lamp.


Westerbeke 60 , fresh water cooled, with 2784 hours

Electric oil change pump

Excellent access under Pilot House floor.

Fresh water deck fill for rinsing the raw water side of the engine cooling system makes flushing easy on returning to port.



Force 10 stove with two burners and oven.

Double stainless steel sink

Wood, corian and laminate countertops.

1 foot pump

Useful storage under and over counters and under step.


1 x Shore Power outlet (30amp)

2 x Shore power cables

6  x circuit breakers

3 x outlets

1 x 31 AGM start battery  2017

2 x 31 AGM house batteries 2019

Xantrex battery charger

Air conditioner:  1 x Marineaire 12,000 btu with reverse cycle.


Raytheon St 6001 Autopilot

Horizon Standard depth sounder

Raymarine RL70 GPS

Raymarine RL 70 Chartplotter

Raymarine RL70C Radar


Acoustic Research Stereo with bluetooth speaker

Deck and Cockpit

33 lb Bruce Anchor with 200′  of 3/8 high tensile chain

20lb Danforth anchor with 200′ rode

Muir anchor windlass

Anchor chain locker vented by by engine blower intake drawing from this locker.

2 x Primary winches Merriman #4

Custom cockpit table

Custom cockpit cushions

Cockpit comfortably seats six for cocktails

Samson Post astern for strong and easy use of dockines or aft anchor line.

Toe rail replaced (2015)


Classic Yacht Features

Custom Binnacle

Belaying pins

Reused vintage bronze tugboat wheels

Gleaming brightwork below

Classic doors and locker fronts

Lots of bronze and brass fittings and fixtures


Sails and Rigging

Mainsail and storm main.


Light air jib which can be doubled as two sails on single luff to fly wing on wing, or can be set as single sail.

Standing and Running rig assessed as Good Condition in 2019 rigging survey.

Telescopic whisker pole.

4 x Merriman # 4  mast winches

Silicon bronze outboard chainplates.

Additional Information

Custom 8′ Dinghy which is easily lifted aboard using custom tackle on main halyard.  Stored aboard on custom ox hide padded chocks.  Tows well.  Battened cover also provides excellent storage place for gear, trash, etc.while on passages.  

Numerous good quality canvas window and door covers.

Large inventory of spares including two bladed propeller.

Recent Pilothouse windows

Entire caprail replaced with pvc.

Full winter cover hangs over length of the mast when the mast is down.

Docklines, fenders, lifejackets, USCG safety gear

Fitted screens for all ports and hatches




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.

Jon and Anne Hutchings
YaZu Yachting
Deltaville, VA 23043


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