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Holman 26 Sloop

(REF: 17962)


  • Designer: Holman, Kim
  • Builder: Kimber and Blake
  • Year: 1960
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 26'2"
  • Beam: 7'6"
  • Draft: 4'2"

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Kim Holman was one of the best know English yacht designers from the 1960’s with many fine yachts of all sizes to his name, including the popular Holman 26.

His 26 footer was a stock design to appeal to a wide market and it proved very successful. In those days you could buy the rights to build from the designer, he might recommend his favourite builder but in fact you could engage whoever you wanted.

In this case, the first owner went to a little yard on the Somerset coast, Kimber and Blake, up a muddy creek but as happened so often little yards like this built some wonderful yachts.

In this case, what the owner may have gained in build costs, he invested in the best materials.


Planked in 7/8” pitch pine fastened with copper nails and roves to a mix of steam bent 1” x 1 ½” oak and elm timbers at 6” centres.

Grown oak floors
over the oak backbone.  1.5 tonne external iron ballast keel with galvanised mild steel keel bolts.  10 of the 12 keel bolts replaced in 2012.

Marine plywood deck
fastened to larch deck beams, sheathed in GRP and finished in blue deck paint.  Deep varnished teak toe rail all round.  Aft deck renewed.

Varnished teak coachroof coamings
with GRP sheathed laminated plywood coachroof deck.  Low coachroof forward extending into a small doghouse with 2 windows each side, increasing headroom and volume within the cabin.

Self draining cockpit
with full length thwarts.  Lifting thwart top to large cockpit locker on port side.  Small locker at aft end on starboard side for gas bottle.  Painted non-slip cockpit sole.  Cockpit completely rebuilt in recent years.

Galvanised stem head fitting with bronze fairleads and centre line Sampson post for mooring warps.  Galvanised pulpit with stainless steel guard wires and galvanised stanchions.  Chocks for stowing anchor on the foredeck.

Varnished teak forehatch in the coachroof forward of the mast.  Teak handrails port and starboard on coachroof and doghouse roof.

Narrow but clear side decks leading aft with genoa sheet tracks on the outboard side of the decks.  Small aft deck with two oak posts holding the bronze mainsheet horse.  Guard wires terminate in a bronze fitting at deck level with a pair of bronze fairleads on the transom capping rail.


Rig.  Masthead bermudan sloop.

Masthead bermudan sloop rig on deck stepped alloy mast.

Varnished wooden roller reefing boom with 2009 alloy spinnaker pole.

Stainless steel standing rigging.  Replaced 2010/2011

Twin lower shrouds with a single cap shroud to stainless steel rigging screws and internal stainless steel chainplates.

Twin forestays to allow for changing the hanked on headsails, both with s/s rigging screws to the stem head fitting.  4 to 1 block and tackle tensioner on the tack of the genoa to tension the luff after the sail has been hoisted.

Single stainless standing backstay not recently replaced, comes to bronze rigging screw and internal bronze chainplate, offset to port to allow for movement of tiller.



Mainsail          2011                Crusader                      18sqm                          As new

Mainsail          2002                Southern Sails             18sqm                          Average

Genoa             2007                Crusader                      12sqm                          Very good

No.2                                                                                     8sqm                            Average

Spinnaker                                                                                                       Average



2 x Barton No.8s non self tailing cockpit sheet winches.



Bukh DV10 single cylinder 10hp diesel installed in 1986

Centreline stainless steel shaft to 3 blade bronze propeller gives 5 knots cruising, (6 knots max) at 1.7 litres/hour.

15 litre stainless steel diesel tank located under the aft deck.

Engine removed and overhauled in 2012.  Injectors and pump serviced, new water pump.  In 2010 the engine had new piston rings, valve springs, starter motor and engine mounts. The shaft, flexible coupling and cutlass bearing were replaced.

2 x 12volt batteries under the quarter berth give power for engine starting and domestics, charged from the engine alternator.


Accommodation       4 berths

Steps down through the companionway over the engine box.  Quarter berth to starboard with small galley area to port.  5’10” headroom.  Plastimo 2 burner stove with grill.  Single stainless steel sink with fresh water hand pump.  No water tanks fitted.  Gravity drains overboard.

Half height bulkheads to saloon with port and starboard settee berths with trotter boxes at forward end.  Cabin has a light and airy feel, with gloss white panelling and dark varnished teak trim.  New foam and upholstery on settee cushions in 2010.

Centre line doorway to forepeak.  Heads to starboard with Jabsco sea toilet, fitted 2010.  Single child sized berth to port.  Space for sail stowage.  Access above through the forehatch.



Steering compass

NASA stingray sounder, new 2013

Walker mechanical trailing log

Plastimo DSC VHF

Autohelm ST1000 (new 2010)


Dry powder galley fire extinguisher


25lb CQR

Danforth kedge

60m of 8mm chain

Various warps


2.3m inflatable dinghy (2007)

Beaching legs

Reinforced nylon all over cover

10 x Fenders

Various multiplait mooring warps


This is a tidy and solid example of the popular Holman 26 which proved to be a very successful design.  The original build specification of this boat has ensured her longevity and the quality of the build is evident.  The current shipwright owner has done a lot of good work in recent years, undertaking some of the bigger and essential jobs that all boats need in time, leaving the next owner with a sound little yacht that will give years of faithful service.


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.