Sailing yachts

Holman 26

(REF: 22379)


  • Designer: Kim Holman
  • Builder: Uphams of Brixham
  • Year: 1963
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 26'
  • Beam: 7'6"
  • Draft: 4'2"
  • Tonnage: 6TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Holman 26

Holman 26 built by Uphams of Brixham in 1963.  Kim Holman was one of the best know English yacht designers from the period with many fine yachts of all sizes to his name.  His 26 footer was a stock design to appeal to a wide market and it proved very successful.  These boats are easily handled but have good headroom and 4 berths, one of the best small cruising yachts available.

This yacht has had some major work in the last 2 years including new standing rigging, a rebuilt engine and new keel bolts as well as various plank repairs and a general paint up.  She is not immaculate but is a solid little cruising boat, with all the important parts refitted, that could be sailed and enjoyed this summer.

Length on Deck               26′

Beam                                 7’6″

Draft                                  4’2″

Thames Tonnage            6TM



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

Sawn oak floors across the centreline with galvanised throat bolts through the keel.

External iron ballast keel of 1.5 tons with new mild steel keel bolts fitted in 2020.

Marine plywood decks, finished in non-slip deck paint.  Mahogany toe rails all round.  Alloy cleats fore and aft.

Stainless steel stemhead fitting.  Pulpit, pushpit and stanchions of stainless steel.

Mahogany coachroof coamings, painted externally and varnished internally.  Raised dog house aft to increase headroom below.  Varnished mahogany handrails.  Mahogany forehatch set in the coachroof deck.

Non self-draining cockpit with full length thwart either side.  Lifting sole giving access to hull beneath.  Cockpit lockers under each thwart.




Bermudan sloop rig on a deck stepped Proctor anodised alloy mast.

Alloy slab reefing boom.

Stainless steel standing rigging to internal stainless chain plates.  Standing rigging all new in 2019.

Twin lower shrouds, single cap shroud and single standing backstay.  Forestay with Furlex roller furling headsail system.  Lower bearings renewed on furling drum in 2020

Halyards and topping lift renewed in 2019.

Halyard falls go to mast winches.

Pair of Lewmar bronze bottom action cockpit sheet winches

Mainsail, genoa in tan terylene.  Cruising chute with snuffer.  Mainsail cover.




Yanmar 1GM 9hp single cylinder diesel.

Major overhaul in 2020 including reconditioned cylinder head with new exhaust valve, new big end and small end bearings, new piston rings, new injector and new oil pipes.  Sea water pump totally rebuilt and engine spray painted.

Single lever control to a centreline fixed 2 blade bronze propeller, gives approximately 5 knots cruising speed

25 litre plastic fuel tank in starboard cockpit locker

2 x 12 volt batteries charged from the engine alternator.  86ah domestic battery and 75ah engine start battery.

1 Whale manual and 1 auto electric bilge pump.




4 single berths with a traditional layout.

Steps down over the engine box with chart desk to starboard and galley to port.   Chart desk faces outboard with instruments set in a panel above.

Galley has a Plastimo Neptune 4500 2 burner stove with grill.  Manually pumped fresh water into a removable plastic sink.  Storage space outboard under the deck head.

Half height bulkheads with hand holds separate off the main saloon.  Saloon settee berth either side with a trotter box either side at the aft end.  Storage space behind and below the settees.

Centreline doorway going forward with a hanging locker to port and heads compartment to starboard.  Fore and aft doors open alternately to make the whole passageway into the heads compartment.  Jabsco manual sea toilet discharges directly overboard.

Forecabin has twin V-berths with storage beneath and an anchor locker between.




Sestrel steering compass

Simrad tiller pilot


Raymarine DSC VHF


Clipper Duet sounder and log

Clock and baromoter


Emergency tiller

1kg Fire Extinguisher

2kg Fire Extinguisher

Gas alarm

Carbon monoxide alarm

Whale manual bilge pump

Auto electric bilge pump




Cruising Chute and snuffer


CQR anchor with chain

Spare Diesel Can

4 Fenders

4 Mooring Lines


Cockpit Cushions

Bunk and berth cushions

Stereo and speakers

Oil cabin lamp


Plastimo Netpune 4500 2 burner gas stove


Frying Pan

Washing up bowl

Jabsco manual sea toilet

Fold up wooden saloon table





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.