Sailing yachts

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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Wooden Ships Comments on this Holman Sterling

The Holman 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 in comfort and safety on a passage.

Built by Uphams in 1968, she was bought by the present owner in 2005, she has been well cared for with extensive professional work carried out as required.  In 2013 Alan Staley of Faversham surveyed the yacht and carried out some remedial work and there is a full documentation for this work.

A solid and tidy boat and a really good example of the design which needs only some attention to the rigging before the coming season.  2013 survey available.  Full documentation of her history including lots of past surveys, original plans and many receipts.




Holman Sterling


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 al 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.




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




2 x Lewmar halyard winches

2 x bronze Lewmar single action sheet winches



MachineryHolman Sterling



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

Single lever controls with a Technodrive TMC30 gearbox with stainless shaft to a centreline 3 blade bronze propeller.

1.25l/hr at cruising speed.




25l Galvanised steel fuel tank in port cockpit locker.

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.




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.



Separate heads compartment with Simpson Lawrence L401 sea toilet, pumps directly overboard.  Stainless hand basin opposite the heads with manually pumped fresh water.





Sestrel steering compass

NASA sounder new 2013


Autohelm 2000 autopilot

Furuno GP32 GPS, new

Yeoman chartplotter



2 x lifejackets

Horse shoe lifebuoy

2 x fire extinguishers, 1 x fire blanket


Ground tackle

25lb CQR

30lb Fishermans

24m 3/8″ chain

4m warp

Simpson Lawrence manual windlass



Spray hood

Full winter cover

Cockpit cover (2014)




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.