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Holman and Pye Motor Sailer

(REF: 19328)


  • Designer: Holman and Pye
  • Builder: Whisstocks of Woodbridge
  • Year: 1964
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 29'
  • Beam: 9'6"
  • Draft: 3'

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Designed by David Cooper of Holman and Pye, built by Whisstocks of Woodbridge in 1964.

The current owners purchased the boat in the spring of 2021 and have had a superb season sailing in the Solent and local area.  The owners have decided they wish to carry on sailing and go further afield so wish to purchase a yacht with more space and faster passage making capabilities, hence she is now back on the market.

She underwent a major refit in 2013 with the previous owner which included a new Beta engine, complete new wiring, all new galley equipment and an upgrade of her systems and equipment.  She has been sailed extensively around the south coast, West Country and Northern Brittany and has been a very comfortable home from home for the owners.

It is believed in a previous ownership she undertook a trip to Norway and Jan Mayen which proves she is more than just a coastal cruising yacht.  Her shallow draft of only 3′ however allows her to access waters not available to larger yachts.

The rig is small for her size, but this makes it easy and safe to handle.  She is not a performance boat and relies on her engine, especially in lighter airs, but she is comfortable and safe, ideal for a cruising couple not looking to break speed records but to simply enjoy being afloat in comfort.

She has hot water, refrigerator, shore power and cabin heating to make life very comfortable while afloat.  The cockpit is very large, perfect for sunny summer days, but with a very effective canvas cover it can be used as an extension to the living space even in the rain.

A delightful yacht in superb condition with a well documented recent refit history.  Full out of water survey in February 2021, after which a number of jobs were completed to bring her up to a very good standard.  This coming winter she will undergo a thorough cosmetic refit of the topsides and varnish work.


Length on Deck                 29′

Length Overall                   29′

Length Waterline             25′

Beam                                    9’6″

Draft                                      3′




Planked in Iroko all copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.  Iroko keel and stem.

Mix of sawn oak and galvanised strap floors across the centreline.

External 0.5 ton cast iron ballast keel fastened with iron keel bolts.  Additional 0.5 ton of internal lead trimming ballast.

Sheathed plywood deck, finished in cream deck paint with a varnished iroko toe rail all round.  New stainless stanchions and guard wires in 2017.

Varnished iroko caomings  with sheathed plywood coachroof deck.

Deep self draining cockpit with varnished iroko coamings and thwarts and a laid teak sole.

Watertight hatch in the sole to access storage space beneath.

Wheel steering on cables at forward end of cockpit.  New cables 2021.

Copies of some of her original plans and photos of her in build at Whisstocks will come with the boat.




Gunter rigged fractional sloop on a deck stepped varnished spruce mast in a galvanised tabernacle.

Varnished spruce boom and gunter yard.

Stainless steel standing rigging with bronze rigging screws to internal galvanised chain plates.

Running backstays on tackles.

Pair of Lewmar non Self tailing cockpit sheet winches and another similar pair of mast winches.

Running rigging in classic braid all new in last 3 years.

Roller furling headsail on Schaffer furling system, installed new in 2013.

Mainsail and jib by Kemp Sails and in good condition.  Jib from 2013.




Beta Marine 43hp 4cyl diesel installed new in 2013.  Shaft, stern tube and propeller all new in 2013.  Engine located amidships under galley joinery.

Engine fully serviced in 2021 with some new hoses.

Centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller gives 5 knots cruising speed, 7 knots max.

2 plastic fuel tanks with total capacity of 158 litres.  Twin Racor filters.

Water tanks under saloon sole.

Calorifier on the engine for domestic hot water.

3 x 12 volt batteries for engine starting and domestics.  New batteries in March 2021.

Charged from engine alternator or through a Merlin 40 amp 240 volt charger with installed shore power system.  Boat completely re-wired with Blue Sea panel.

1 electric and 1 manual bilge pump.




Spacious cabin layout offers  4 berths including a double forward and 6’3″ headroom in the saloon and galley.

She has a lot of internal volume for a boat of her length and is very comfortable for time aboard with 2 people.

Starboard offset door into the saloon from the cockpit with a settee berth to starboard and U-shaped settee to port around a varnished dropleaf iroko centreline table.

Large windows offer plenty of light and visibility to the outside.

Steps down into the galley which is amidships to port.

Nelson 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill, twin stainless sinks with hot and cold pressurised water and a Penguin Marine 40 litre top loading 12 volt fridge.  Good storage space in and around the galley.

Gas system renewed in 2019.

Taylors cabin heater opposite the galley.

Centreline passage going forward with heads to port and hanging locker to starboard.  Jabsco manual sea toilet discharges directly overboard.

Forecabin with double V-berth, storage beneath and chain locker under at forward end.




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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.