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Holman Sterling

(REF: 18163)


  • Designer: Holman, Kim
  • Builder: Uphams of Brixham
  • Year: 1968
  • Location: Kent
  • Length on deck: 28'6"
  • Beam: 8'6"
  • Draft: 4'6"
  • Tonnage: 7TM

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The Sterling was another of Kim Holmans great designs and is often thought of as the cruising version of the Twister.  The same length but with more beam, a fuller bilge and more depth in hold, she is a much more spacious boat below decks, and although not as fast or windwardly as the Twister, she will hold her own and will keep her crew safe and comfortable on a passage.

Sold by Wooden Ships to the present owner in 2017, she had a lot of professional refit work carried out between 2017 and 2018, with plenty of upgraded equipment and gear.

A solid, tidy boat and a really good example of the design which has had a lot of work carried out in the last few years.  Full documentation of her history including lots of past surveys, original plans and many receipts.  2017 survey available accompanied by a detailed list of the work done after that inspection.

Length on Deck                   28’6″

Length Waterline               22’2″

Beam                                      8’6″

Draft                                        4’6″





Planked in Iroko below the waterline, mahogany above, all copper fastened to steam bent Canadian Rock Elm timbers.

Mix of grown oak floors and galvanise straps.  Galvanised steel strap floors, shot blasted and re-galvanised then replaced with new bolts in 1993.

External Iron ballast keel with forged iron keel bolts.  Last drawn and checked in 2005, these were replaced after being hot dipped in pitch for protection.


Decks and cockpit

Marine plywood deck sheathed with cascover and finished in deck paint.  Varnished mahogany toe rail all round with stanchions set on bronze bases bolted through the deck just inboard of the toe rail.

Self draining cockpit in the usual Sterling style, spacious and ergonomic with thwarts either side and lockers below.  New cockpit drain seacocks in 2013.  Cockpit recently rebuilt.



Varnished teak coachroof coamings with bronze portholes.  Marine plywood coachroof deck sheathed in cascover.  Forehatch on the coachroof deck with varnished teak handrails and dorade vents.





Masthead bermudan sloop on a deck stepped Sparlight alloy mast.  Sparlight alloy roller furling boom and spinnaker pole.

Stainless steel standing rigging with swaged terminals to bronze rigging screws to internal stainless chain plates.  Twin lowers and a single cap shroud over single spreaders.  Split standing back stay.  Forestay with roller furling system.



Fully battened mainsail 207sqft                 2002, good condition

Roller furling genoa         261sqft                 2002, good condition

Cruising Chute

4 older spare headsails



2 x Lewmar halyard winches

2 x bronze Lewmar single action sheet winches





Lombardini 602M 18hp 2cyl diesel, installed new in 1997.

Single lever controls with a Technodrive TMC30 gearbox with stainless shaft to a Featherlite folding bronze propeller, new in 2018.

1.25l/hr at cruising speed.



25l flexible fuel tank.

20 gallon water tank under the saloon cabin sole.



2 x 110ah 12 volt batteries under the cockpit sole.  Charged from engine alternator or through a Sterling 240v charger when connected to shore power.  Shore power installation all new in 2018.

Solar panel charging.




4 berths in total with 6’+ headroom.

Standard Sterling layout with galley and chart area in the aft corners of the saloon.  2 saloon settee berths with shelving behind and storage under.  Trotter boxes for both settee berths.

Centreline passageway going forward with a heads compartment either side.

Forepeak with twin V-berths with an infill section and storage below.



In aft starboard corner with a Eastham Mexol gimballed gas stove.  Stainless steel galley sink with salt and fresh water taps, drains directly overboard.  Gas bottle locker and all gas system replaced in 2018.



Separate heads compartment with Jabsco manual sea toilet, pumps directly overboard.  Stainless hand basin opposite the heads with manually pumped fresh water.





Full specification and details available upon request




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.