Sailing yachts

Holman 26 sloop

(REF: 18334)


  • Designer: Holman, Kim
  • Builder: Whisstocks of Woodbridge
  • Year: 1963
  • Location: Suffolk
  • Length on deck: 26'2"
  • Beam: 7'6''
  • Draft: 4'2''
  • Tonnage: 6TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Holman 26 sloop

Designed by Kim Holman and built by Whisstocks of Woodbridge in 1963.  The commissioning owner had a bronze foundry and specified bronze for the chain plates and keel bolts rather than the standard galvanised steel which sets her apart from nearly every other Holman 26.

She has always been based around the east coast of England and has been in present ownership since 1998 with trips to Holland, Belgium and around the east coast.  She has been well maintained and used regularly and is in good condition, ready to go and in use for this season.

The Holman 26 is a highly respected boat, known for their ease of handling and seaworthiness, and like most Holman designs they are nicely balanced and a joy to sail.  They offer excellent headroom and interior space for a boat of only 26′ length on deck, and the cockpit has plenty of space for a crew of 4.

A nice tidy example of this ever popular design, fully equipped and ready to go.  The owner wishes to scale up to a larger yacht so is offering the boat for sale at a very attractive price in order to sell her this season.

Length on Deck                 26′

Beam                                    7’6″

Draft                                      4’2″

Thames Tonnage             6TM




Carvel planked in mahogany, fastened with copper rivets to steam bent oak timbers.

Sawn oak floors across the centreline with two throat bolts per floor.

External iron ballast keel with iron keel bolts.

Marine plywood deck sheathed with GRP and finished in no slip deck paint.

Varnished mahogany coamings with chromed framed windows.  Sheathed plywood coachroof deck with varnished mahogany handrails.

Varnished mahogany toe rail all round with stainless stanchions and guard wires.

Self draining cockpit with deep lockers either side and a bridge deck at the entrance to the cabin.  Cockpit totally rebuilt in 2007.  The cockpit sole is epoxy sheathed with drain holes out through the transom.

Underwater hull stripped to bare wood in 2016 and seams recaulked as necessary.  Topsides stripped and repaired in 2010.




Masthead bermudan sloop rig on a deck stepped alloy mast, supported below by two plywood bulkheads.

Alloy roller reefing boom.

Stainless steel standing rigging to internal bronze chain plates.  Rigging new in 2009.

Roller furling genoa fitted in 2009.

Mainsail from 2011, genoa from 2009 with a new UV strip in 2015.  Spinnaker in fair condition.

2 pairs of bottom action Gibb sheet winches on the cockpit coamings and a single mast halyard winch.




Yanmar 1GM 9hp single cylinder diesel installed new in 1995.  Engine feet replaced in 2010, professionally serviced annually.

Single lever controls to a centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller gives 4.5 knots cruising speed, 6 knots max.

45 litre stainless steel fuel tank in the cockpit locker.

2 separate batteries for engine starting and domestic use.  Charged from engine alternator.

1 electric and 1 manual bilge pump.




Standard layout with 4 single berths and 1.75m max. headroom in the saloon.

Steps down over the engine box with galley area to port and chart desk to starboard.

Galley has a gimballed single burner Origo meths stove and a single stainless sink.  Locker space and storage shelves.

Large chart space with navigation instruments above.

A saloon settee berth either side with a trotter box at the aft end.

Going forward through a centre doorway with the heads to starboard.  Heads is a manual sea toilet which discharges directly overboard.

The forward cabin has twin V-berths with the anchor locker in the bows.

All upholstery replaced in 2018.





Full specification and details available upon request





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.