Sailing yachts

Holman Rummer Yawl

(REF: 18269)


  • Designer: Holman, Kim
  • Builder: Whisstocks of Woodbridge
  • Year: 1959
  • Location: Scotland
  • Length on deck: 35'
  • Beam: 9'6"
  • Draft: 4'9"
  • Tonnage: 10 TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Holman Rummer Yawl

Kim Holman Rummer Yawl built by Whisstocks of Woodbridge in 1959.

The Rummer was a highly regarded design from a man who rarely got anything wrong with his yachts.  At the time she was quite revolutionary on the UK yachting scene as her inspiration came from the American designers who Kim Holman had been closely monitoring.  In comparison to yachts from other well known UK designers she was shallow draft, quite wide in the beam and with short overhangs, plus her low aspect rig  looked to have a lot less power than the taller rigs from the likes of Clark and Buchanan.  The result however astonished many people and the first Rummer very nearly beat Vashti in her first season.  The Rummer is stiff and weatherly, comfortable at sea and easily handled, everything that is required in a sensible cruising boat.

In present ownership for over 30 years, she has been very well maintained and cruised around the Scottish west coast.  Upgraded with some modern navigation equipment, recent sails and a good engine, she is a shining example of the rarely seen Rummer yawl and a superb family cruising boat.

Length on Deck                 35′

Length Waterline             25′

Beam                                    9’6″

Draft                                      4’9″

Thames Tonnage                10 TM

 Holman Rummer Yawl


Planked in teak above the waterline, Pitch Pine below, all copper fastened to steamed oak timbers.

Cast iron ballast keel with galvanised keel bolts and one stainless bolt.  All replaced in a rolling programme over last 30 years.

Yacht laid teak deck over a marine plywood subdeck.

Varnished teak coachroof coamings with bronze port holes.

Plywood coachroof deck finished with Track Mark non slip covering.

Self draining cockpit with tiller steering.




Masthead bermudan yawl rig.

Solid varnished wooden spars with a keel stepped main and deck stepped mizzen.

Varnished wooden slab reefing booms and wooden spinnaker pole.

Stainless steel standing rigging to internal stainless chain plates.

Lewmar 43 self tailing cockpit sheet winches and original Tuffnol mast winches.

Roller furling genoa.

Full suit of sails all in good condition and less than 10 years old.




Yanmar 3GM 27hp 3cyl diesel installed in 1983 and reconditioned in 2011.

Stainless shaft to centreline 2 blade bronze propeller gives 6.5 knots cruising speed.

Stainless steel fuel tank on port side by the cockpit

2 x 12 volt batteries charged from the engine alternator or solar panel.

Installed shore power system.




4 berths in total with 2 excellent quarter berths and saloon settee berths.

Step into the doghouse from the cockpit which is at a higher level than the saloon with a quarter berth either side and engine beneath.

Another step down to the saloon with a large chart desk to starboard and galley to port.  Multiple drawers and storage lockers beneath the chart desk and shelves behind.

Galley has a Flavel 2 burner gas stove with grill and a single stainless steel sink with manually pumped fresh water.

Main saloon has a settee berth either side, port side has a trotter box at the forward end, starboard side the berth extends under the chart desk giving full length.  Taylors diesel cabin on the forward bulkhead.  Passageway to starboard going forward into the forepeak.

Forepeak given over entirely to storage, chain locker and ablutions.  Baby Blake sea toilet on the port side under a varnished teak lid when not in use and a small stainless hand basin alongside.  12 volt portable fridge located up forward in the fore peak.




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