Sailing yachts

Holman GRP Twister

(REF: 18029)


  • Designer: Holman, Kim
  • Builder: Uphams, Brixham
  • Year: 1968
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 28'
  • Beam: 8'
  • Draft: 5'
  • Tonnage: 7TM

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Wooden ships comments on this Holman GRP Twister

The Holman GRP Twister is one of the early examples of a wooden yacht design being built in GRP, the Twister was an enormously successful boat, typical of Holman’s designs for wholesome and seaworthy yachts, that found a new audience when it was first launched in GRP. 

The new material was an unknown quantity at this time, so to ensure the required strength was gained, the builders made the hulls of these early boats nearly as thick as their wooden predecessors, meaning they are enormously strong and robust yachts.

The Twisters have gathered accolade from all corners and well known as very seaworthy and relatively fast little cruisers.  This particular example is no exception and has been well cared for in the present ownership.


Designer:  Kim Holman

Builder:  Uphams of Brixham



Heavy lay up glass reinforced plastic hull with bonded GRP decks.

Encapsulated lead keel which removes the issue of keel bolts.


Varnished mahogany coachroof coamings bonded to the GRP deck help give her the look of her wooden predecessors.  Sheathed plywood coachroof deck.

Small toe rail all round with a heavy duty plastic capping rail.

3 aluminium framed windows in the coamings with a forehatch forward of the mast.  Forehatch was newly built last year to improve access to the cabin.


Self draining cockpit with varnished mahogany coamings and thwarts.

Tiller steering on transom hung fibreglass rudder

Centreline sliding hatch with varnished mahogany washboards.


 Holman GRP Twister


Bermudan masthead sloop rig on deck stepped alloy mast.  New mast 2012.

Aluminium slab reefing boom.

Stainless steel standing rigging, replaced 2013.

Single spreader rig with a single cap shroud and twin lowers.  Standing twin backstays.

Bronze and stainless rigging screws to internal stainless chainplates bolted through the hull.

Furlex roller reefing headsail.  New 2012



Mainsail            Sanders                        1 yr old, as new condition.

Genoa              Scanes                         10yrs, good condition

Genoa              Westaway                    15 yrs, almost unused

Storm jib                                               Approx 15yrs, as new

Trysail                                                   Approx 15yrs, as new

Mainsail           Westaway                    Approx 20yrs, fair condition



Pair of bronze Gibb sheet winches on the cockpit coamings




Beta Marine 2cyl 16hp diesel installed new in 2009.  300 hrs only.   Beta gearbox with single lever controls.

Stainless steel shaft to 3 blade bronze propeller gives cruising speed of 5kts, max 6kts. Consumption 1/3 gph.

10 gallon Stainless steel fuel tank located under cockpit port side thwart.



2 x 12volt batteries charged from the engine alternator, located in cockpit locker.



Accommodation                      4 berths

Steps down over the engine box in to the main cabin  with chart desk to port and galley to starboard

Good sized chart desk with white formica covering.  Electronic navigation equipment mounted on the bulkhead.  Drawer under for charts.

Galley to starboard with gimballed 2 burner spirit stove, new in 2012.  Hand pumped fresh water from a 16 gallon tank under the cabin sole into a single stainless steel sink, drain pumps overboard.

Half height bulkheads to the saloon with port and starboard full length settee berths.  Stowage behind the settee berths with a bookshelf and various cupboards.

Drop leaf table slightly offset to starboard.  Taylors paraffin cabin heater mounted on the forward bulkhead.

Centreline passageway going forward with a heads compartment to port.  Jabsco sea toilet, installed new in 2010 with a small sink.  Hanging locker to starboard.

Forepeak with twin V-berths and a centre infill to create a double.  Forehatch above.

Headroom:       Main cabin 6’

Forepeak 5’8”.






Plastimo compass above hatch.

Sestrel compass on bridge deck

Echo sounder – 2 yrs old


Autohelm autopilot.


Standard Horizon chart plotter.

New radio/AIS

Tack Tick wind indicator



4 man liferaft, DBS,  Serviced 2012.

Horseshoe lifebuoy.


2 Fire Extinguishers


Ground tackle

25lb Danforth anchor

120ft chain

Avon inflatable 2.4m (old)



2 x winter cradles

Cockpit cover new 2012

Mooring warps

6 fenders


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.