Sailing yachts

Holman Stella Sloop

(REF: 17905)


  • Designer: Holman
  • Builder: Tucker Brown
  • Year: 1960
  • Location: Essex
  • Length on deck: 25'9"
  • Beam: 7'5"
  • Draft: 3'10"
  • Tonnage: 2.7TM

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Wooden ships comments on this Holman Stella sloop

A very popular Kim Holman design which proved to be a successful little racer particularly with the East Coast yacht clubs where her shoal draft proved advantageous.

Stellas have been built in large numbers by many yards. This example was built in 1960 by Tucker Brown at Burnham on Crouch, Essex, the most prolific Stella builder and builder of the first of the class.

The Stella was designed as a small fast cruiser with more than a little reference to the earlier Folkboat but with more accommodation. It was intended to be built to a budget and the design was carefully tailored to keep construction costs down.

In present ownership this Stella has had a thorough refit with some good work done to bringer her up to race spec in structure and equipment – the usual cracked frames replaced, new mast, rig and sails etc.

She has had two great seasons winning local Wednesday and Sunday racing, second place in the Stellas at West Mersea and at Burnham, winner of the Commodores Cup at Burnham Week.

She has also cruised the east coast and across to Holland.

An opportunity to acquire a first class yacht in excellent condition, ready to win races.

Holman Stella Sloop


Clinker planked in mahogany, all copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers on an oak back-bone.

External 1.22 tonnes iron ballast keel.           Ballast keel recently shot blasted and epoxy-painted

Galvanised iron keel bolts.             2010 frames in way of thechain plates sistered and new chain plates


Long coach-roof  with varnished mahogany coamings, sheathed ply deck carried on varnished deck beams.

Coamings stripped to bare wood and revarnished in Tonkinois, 2009.

Port lights re-anodised and refitted with new Perspex windows

Rectangular fixed windows in the coamings.

Varnished grab rails each side.

Varnished mahogany fore hatch on the fwd end.

Sliding hatch and wash-boards to the cabin entrance.

Coach-roof coamings extend aft to form the cock-pit coamings.

Self-draining cock-pit constructed with a painted ply well.

Varnished mahogany seat/lockers each side.

Aluminium mainsheet track across the cock-pit with traveller

Transom-hung rudder on galvanised steel fittings.

Oak Sampson post on the fore deck to take anchor warp/chain and mooring lines.

Stainless steel pull-pit, push-pit and stanchions with single guard wire.


Fractional Bermudian sloop rig on varnished, rectangular section built mast stepped on the coach-roof, compression carried by the bulkhead below.        New mast by Priors, 2011

Varnished roller reefing boom sheets to a track across the cock-pit. Modern blocks with jammer on the lower block. Traveller control lines. Braided rope sheet. Kicker on tackle.

Stainless steel standing rigging, new 2011 with stainless steel rigging screws to new internal stainless steel chain plates.

Single lowers, single cap shrouds, single fore stay to an eye bolt inside the stemhead.

Split standing back-stay to the quarters to avoid the tiller.

Halyards led back via turning blocks at the foot of the mast through clutches on the coach-roof deck to a chromed Antal top-action winch on the roof to stbd of the entrance hatch

Pair of chromed Antal top action self-tailing sheet winches on the cock-pit coamings.



New mainsail by Lonton & Gray 2011. A very fast sail.

Older mainsail by Dolphin, heavier cloth, good cruising sail.

No 1 genoa by Dolphin Sails, 2008

No 2 genoa by Dolphin sails c. 2005

Working jib by Dolphin Sails

Spinnaker by Dolphin Sails

Storm jib



Yanmar 1GM10, single cylinder 9hp diesel engine.

Centre-line installation to 3-blade centre-line prop gives 6knts.

Single lever controls.

6 litre fuel tank

Recent 2 x 12v batteries


4 berths.

Original V-berths forward fitted with infill to make a double berth.

Lavac sea toilet under the infill.

White painted ply bulkhead under the mast.

Saloon cabin with port and stbd settee berths.

Infill between the settees converts them to a large athwartships double berth.

Chart surface in stbd aft corner with electrical switch board.

Galley in aft port corner with Plastimo gas cooker.

Steps between to cock-pit remove to access the engine.

5’ head-room midships.

12v lighting + new brass oil lamp on the bulkhead.

Varnished mahogany coamings and coach-roof deck beams, exposed, white painted ship’s sides and bulkhead, varnished mahogany sole boards and joinery.


Bulkhead compass



VHF radio


Life buoy

Rocna anchor

30 meters chain

Plough kedge anchor

Short chain and warp.


Mooring warps





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