Sailing yachts

35′ Holman Rummer Yawl

(REF: 17901)


  • Designer: Holman, Kim
  • Builder: Whistocks of Woodbridge
  • Year: 1958
  • Location: Suffolk
  • Length on deck: 35'2"
  • Beam: 9'61/2"
  • Draft: 4'9"
  • Tonnage: 10TM

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Wooden ships comments on this 35′ Holman Rummer Yawl

Designed by Kim Holman, built  by Whistocks of Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1958.

Kim Holman designed this yacht for himself and raced her for several seasons in Class 111 with notable success.

The design demonstrates some American influence in her greater beam for a 24’ water-line length than was normal in English yachts at the time with almost the same beam at waterline as at deck level and generous freeboard thus giving volume to the cabin. In addition Holman gave her quite a full bilge, kept her draft to a minimum, gave her a ballast ratio in excess of 40% and kept a low aspect to the rig, all quite innovative features in 1958.

A very sweet lift to the counter and a rising sheer forward give the hull a most attractive line.

Although Kim Holman declared that he designed the yacht to cruise rather than race, she showed her performance in many races winning the Harwich-Ostend Race in her first season. Surprisingly, when compared to the very obviously sleeker and racier Vashti designed by his great competitor, Alan Buchanan, Rummer and Vashti were frequent competitors and usually very closely matched.

8 or 9 yachts were built to the same design but Whistocks workmanship in Rummer makes her stand out from the others.

An attractive benefit of this design is the interior volume and feel of space in the cabin and the low aspect, cutter-headed yawl rig makes her very manageable for a light crew.

35′ Holman Rummer Yawl

The hull is planked in pitch-pinewith the bottom 4 strakes in teak on an oak and iroko back-bone all copper nails and roves fastened to steamed oak timbers.     Hull recaulked below wl 2005.

Oak floors in the bow back to the mast step and in the counter with galvanised strap floors in the midships area, under the engine and up round the tuck.

Long iron ballast keel of 2.6 tons secured with iron bolts.    Keel bolts replaced 2008


A ply deck, sheathed with woven glass cloth and epoxy resin and painted makes for minimal maintenance and total water-tight integrity and adds to the rigidity of the hull. The extra beam allows for wide clear side decks and an uncluttered working fore deck.

Deep teak toe rail or bulwark all round with scrubbed teak capping rail.

Stainless steel pulpit, push-pit and stanchions with twin guard wires.

Stainless steel stemhead fitting with twin bronze chain rollers

Oak Sampson post on the fore deck with bronze and teak bar cleats either side and on aft deck with bronze cable roller on the taff rail to take stern mooring lines.


Varnished teak coach-roof coamings extended aft to form the deep cock-pit coamings.  The coach-roof rises aft by 6” to the dog-house to give that extra space aft. Fixed rectangular windows. Fine and very strong laminated hanging knees.

Fore hatch on the forward end of the coach-roof.

Sliding hatch in a garage to the cock-pit cabin entrance with twin varnished teak doors and low-level drop-down coaming below the doors.

Sheathed ply roof to the coach-roof with varnished teak grab rails each side.


Self-draining cock-pit with tiller steering. Iroko rudder on a stainless steel stock to a bronze heel fitting and intermediate strap.    New rudder and stock in 2005

Laminated teak tiller with bronze stock fitting.

Deep cock-pit coamings give good back support and a sense of being in the boat rather than on it.

Plywood well with teak slats and a sealed inspection trap in the sole.

Teak laid seats and locker lids. Locker lids either side under the tiller gives access up into the counter for stowage.



Bermudian yawl rig on varnished masts. The main mast is stepped through the coach-roof onto the keel, the mizzen is stepped through the aft end of the cock-pit onto the horn timber.

Slab reefing varnished booms.

External brass mast sail tracks.

Twin ash spreaders to the main mast, jumper strut to the mizzen.    New masthead tri-colour and deck level lights

Stainless steel standing rigging thought to be new around 2001 with bronze rigging screws to internal galvanised chain plates.    All chain plates replaced in 2005.    New stainless steel mast fittings 2005

Masthead fore stay with Sailspar roller furling gear.

Inner fore stay from upper spreaders to fore deck.

Single standing back-stay to an eye bolt in the after deck.

Twin lowers and caps to the main.

Twin lowers and single jumper strut to the mizzen.



All winches are the originals as supplied comprising a pair of main mast halyard winches, a pair of cock-pit sheet winches and boom reefing winches.



Mainsail by Suffolk Sails 1995.

Genoa by Suffolk Sails  1997 on Sailspar roller furling gear.

Mizzen by Suffolk Sails, old and tired

Mizzen staysail, old but good

Asymetric cruising chute with snuffer, recut 2000

Storm jib in day-glo orange sets on the inner fore stay – unused.

Main tri-sail, heavy and unused.



Westerbeke 30B 3-cyl 27Hp fresh water cooled diesel installed new in 2005.

Flexibly mounted on heavy wooden bearers. Conventional shaft drive with water cooled inboard gland.

Single lever controls to centre line 3-blade prop gives max 7 knts.

Full engine instrumentation including audible alarms.

New stainless steel fuel tank 2005

2 x 12v batteries on 12v circuits.

The engine has very low hours and has been yard serviced every season.

Good selection of spares carried on board.


Accommodation          4 berths.

Fore peak with chain lockers and stowage.

Lavac sea toilet to port, locker to stbd.

Stbd off-set bulkhead door to the saloon cabin. Mast against the bulkhead.

Port and stbd settee berths with supports and cushions to convert to an athwartships double berth.

Trotter boxes each side at the fwd ends, useful for stowing bedding, with teak door locker above.

Lockers behind the settees with shelves above.

Taylors diesel fired cabin heater on the fwd bulkhead.

Full height bulkheads either side separate the saloon cabin from the galley to port and chart desk opposite to stbd. Sensibly, these two working areas of the yacht are almost exactly midships where there is least motion.

The chart desk
is used standing up facing outboard .

The galley
is L-shaped with a new Taylor Blake 2 burner and oven gimballed gas cooker under the side deck and stainless steel sink athwartships.

Manual pump supply from flexible water tank below the saloon cabin sole. Waste pumped overboard.

Half height bulkheads either side with hand holds in the top corners in line with the step up onto the engine box level between the quarter berths.

Port and stbd quarter berths extend well out into the cabin making access very easy without being an athlete.

Saloon table very cleverly folds away against the bulkhead fwd.

6’3” head-room in the cabin. 5’11” head-room fwd.

White painted bulkheads and deck-head, varnished teak sole boards and joinery. Water resistant canvas cushion covers.



Brookes and Gatehouse steering compass.

Silva hand bearing compass.

Brookes and Gatehouse sounder

Brookes and Gatehouse Log + trailing log.

SSB radio

Autohelm auto-pilot

Furuno GPS

Furuno Navtex.


3 life jackets

Fire extinguisher.


2 x plough 35lb anchors

180’ chain


Manual windlass.


Avon inflatable dinghy with oars.

Winter cover

8 fenders

Mooring warps.

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