Sailing yachts

31′ Kim Holman Sloop

(REF: 29882)


  • Designer: Kim Holman
  • Builder: Tucker Brown
  • Year: 1962
  • Location: Suffolk
  • Length on deck: 31'
  • Beam: 9'
  • Draft: 5'6"
  • Tonnage: 9TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this 31′ Kim Holman Sloop

A classic 31ft Kim Holman designed yacht, built in 1962 by Tucker Brown Yacht Builders of Burnham on Crouch, Essex

Being offered for sale at a very low price due to circumstances of the owner, not because the yacht is in a poor state.

The yacht was designed by Kim Holman for his friend Mr. Richard (Dickie) Bird as a 21st birthday present for his son John. Richard Bird was a very keen and wealthy yachtsman, as well as Commodore of the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham on Crouch. This superb yacht was purpose built for cruising and racing.

She remained in the ownership of John Bird for 45 years, before passing into the ownership of Howard and Robert Bryson in 2007 and to the current owners in 2012.

She was the first Holman 31 following on from the design of the Stella, but larger and followed closely by the Twister and the North Sea 24. She has obviously been a much-loved boat and sailed extensively over the years.  She has been a successful club racer and cruising boat and has won several West Mersea regattas. She is an extremely attractive design and her current owner has copies of the original design drawings.

She is a well maintained boat in near original condition with some modern equipment to facilitate safe handling, navigation and comfortable cruising.

Being offered at a very low and attractive price due to the sad passing of the owner, the family wish to see her in a deserving new ownership as soon as possible.


Length on Deck                          31’

Length Waterline                       24’3″

Beam                                            9’

Draft                                             5’6″

Sail Area                                       503sqft

Thames Tonnage                        9TM


Carvel wooden construction of mahogany planking on oak frames.

Transom stern, long keel with ballast keel through bolted and keel hung rudder

Self draining aft cockpit with tiller steering.

Considerable works commensurate with a boat of this age undertaken by previous owners including:

  • New welsh rock elm floors amidships replacing original galvanised steel straps, also beneath pillars supporting deck stepped mast integrated into bulkheads.
  • Some new steamed oak frames and fastenings forward of the mast starboard side
  • New hanging knees and repairs to deck beam and deck immediately aft of forehatch.
  • New keel bolts.
  • New propeller shaft, propeller and deep sea gland
  • New seacocks.


Masthead Bermudan sloop rig on a gold anodised mast by Proctor.


Stainless steel standing rigging (new 2019).


Gold anodised boom by Sailspar with slab reefing.


Sails by Gowen of West Mersea:

-Slab reefing mainsail (new 2005) with new mainsail cover

-No. 1 Genoa, 150%, on Sailspar roller furling gear (new 2006)

-Working jib

-Tri-radial spinnaker


Yanmar twin cylinder 2GM20 18HP diesel engine.  All of her engine mounts were replaced 2022.

Professionally serviced 2022.

Alternator charging two 12 volt batteries.

Shaft drive to fixed propeller.

45 litre fuel-tank.


Four berths; double berth in the forward cabin and two saloon births. The original portside pilot berth, currently used as stowage and chart table, could be reinstated if required.


5’10” headroom.


Domestic Equipment

Her galley has a Plastimo Neptune 2000 gas cooker with two burners and grill, gas bottle is located in the cockpit, stainless steel sink with foot pumped fresh water supply from twin flexible 30 litre water tanks located under saloon berths. Good galley stowage arrangements and electric cool box.


Jabsco marine toilet with holding tank in separate heads.


There is locker space behind saloon berths with stowage above. Saloon table and separate stowable cockpit table.


NASA Clipper echo sounder

NASA Clipper log

Clock and barometer.

Magnetic compass

GPS with additional spare handheld GPS

Large selection of charts and cruising guides for UK waters

Fixed and handheld VHF

Octahedral radar reflector

masthead tri-colour light

stern light on transom

deck flood lights

Professionally installed brand new Raymarine Evolution autohelm system with EV-1 sensor, p70s pilot controller, ACU100 (actuator control unit) and Raymarine tiller drive.

Shore power system

Rutland wind generator

Mains battery charger

2 x 12v batteries


Safety Gear

Life jackets

Fire extinguisher, manual and automatic bilge pump

Inflatable tender


Manual anchor windlass

Plough main anchor with 50m new SS chain

Danforth kedge anchor

Various mooring warps



Full bespoke fitted winter cover in very good condition

Sprayhood and frame

Boom crutch


Mainsail – 2005

150% genoa – 2005

Working jib


Sailspar roller furling system

Alloy spinnaker pole

Varnished wooden whisker pole

2 x H&M cockpit sheet winches

2 x secondary bronze sheet winches

3 x mast halyard winches

Wooden Ships classic yachts brokers have an extensive database of boats for sale. With a wide range of sailboats, classic yachts, motor yachts and small classic boats, Wooden Ships has one of the largest selections of traditional wooden boats and yachts for sale in the UK.


These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.