Sailing yachts

Holman Sterling

(REF: 18202)


  • Designer: Holman, Kim
  • Builder: Uphams of Brixham
  • Year: 1963
  • Location: Essex
  • Length on deck: 28'
  • Beam: 8'6"
  • Draft: 4'6"
  • Tonnage: 7TM

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Wooden Ships Comment on this Holman Sterling 

The Sterling is one of the most able cruising yachts of this size, the perfect small yacht. She gives excellent performance under sail, a very comfortable motion, buoyant and dry in a chop.

Her accommodation both in the cock-pit and in the cabin makes her perfect for two and with  a practical quarter berth,  still acceptable for a family with 2 or 3 children.

The cock-pit is deep and safe, well sheltered by an excellent spray-hood and the side decks can be safely negotiated at sea.

The cabin has a remarkable feel of space for a little yacht with good head-room, viable heads and galley and a totally separate fore cabin.

She has been in the present family ownership since 1978,  based in Dun Laoghaire until 2010, and has cruised around Ireland, Scotland, Scilly Isles, Welsh coast and West Cork many times.

She has been well and regularly maintained by her knowledgeable owner with the last survey done in 2011, of which a copy is available.

Holman Sterling





Planked in mahogany above the waterline and pitch pine below.  Copper fastened to Canadian rock elm steamed timbers on an oak back bone.   Oak floors with a few galvanised steel strap floors. Transom stern. Transom hung rudder.

2 ton full length iron ballast keel.  Galvanised steel keel bolts.


Decks and cockpit

Deck is GRP sheathed ply with a varnished teak toe rail.

Deep self draining cockpit with scrubbed teak-faced ply lids.   Varnished mahogany slats in the cockpit well.  Varnished teak coamings.



Varnished teak cabin coamings , Coachroof in sheathed ply.

Cabin entrance with sliding hatch and a pair of lift off varnished doors.

Curved varnished coaming over the coachroof takes the spray hood on a SS frame.

Varnished teak forehatch.




Masthead Bermudan Sloop

Aluminium deck stepped mast.  Vanished spruce boom, roller furling.

Stainless steel standing rigging, bronze rigging screws to internal bronze chain plates.

Twin standing backstays.

Forestay with roller furling.

3 mast winches, 2 cockpit, all self-tailing by Harken.



Battened mainsail, furling genoa – 3 yrs old by Kemp sails, excellent condition.




 Holman Sterling


Perkins Perama 35hp, 3 cylinder.  Approx 1995.   Centreline 3 blade propeller.

Speed 6.5 kts max.

Hurth single lever control gear box.


Bilge pumps

2 x manual bilge pumps



2 x 12v batteries beneath port side quarter berth.

Shore Power.



Fuel:   Plastic tank.  Capacity: 80 gals.

Water:  Galvanised steel under cabin sole, 20 gals.



Accommodation – 5 berths


2 single V berths with an infill to form a larger berth.    5’9 headroom under the forehatch.



Blakes marine toilet.  Wash basin drains into the toilet.  Saloon bulkhead door opens to shut off  heads compartment.



Settee berths port and stbd with ‘trotter’ boxes to extend the length.  Shelves behind and stowage behind the seat backs.   5’9 headroom with a little more in the galley and quarter berth area.



2 burner, grill and oven gimballed  gas cooker.  SS sink, drains overboard.






Bronze Trio Echo Pilot sounder and log

Garmin GPS



Ground tackle

CQR anchor

20 metres chain

20 metres warp



Horseshoe lifebuoy


Avon dinghy with oars

Mooring warps



The following works have been carried out since the 2011 survey (Copy available)

Sea cocks and toilet outlets cleaned and greased.

Bilge gas alarm fitted

Lead trimming ballast secured.

Stern bearing repacked

Stanchions remounted.

Bilge pump replaced

Fuel cut off tap secured

Repainting all bilges, wrought iron straps, etc.

Cockpit/Quarterberth panel replaced


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.

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