Sailing yachts

Holman Sterling Bermudan Sloop

(REF: 18263)


  • Designer: Holman, Kim
  • Builder: Uphams of Brixham
  • Year: 1963
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 28'9"
  • Beam: 8'7"
  • Draft: 4'8"
  • Tonnage: 7TM

Enquire about Holman Sterling Bermudan Sloop

Please fill in this form and we will contact you about this boat

Apply for finance

Visit our partner’s website to apply for finance

Apply now

Full specification

Wooden Ships Comments on this Holman Sterling sloop

The Sterling, designed by Kim Holman, became one his most popular designs and has been held in great acclaim ever since, heralded for their sailing qualities, space and comfort.  This particular boat was built by Jack Holman at his Uphams Yard, Brixham in 1963 and was one of 19 Sterlings he built.  The original owner, Mr Wilf Tarr, was a Torquay businessman and specified a particularly high quality yacht in comparison to many of the Sterlings being launched which meant the interior was finished to a much higher standard with lots of varnished teak rather than painted plywood, and the materials used in the hull were superior to that of the standard Sterling.

Sold by Wooden Ships on a number of occasions, she has spent time cruising extensively around the UK, northern France and Ireland and has benefitted from some very diligent owners who have updated and maintained her to a very high level.  A major refit around 1996 saw a lot of refastening of hood ends and garboards, , re-galvanising of strap floors and re-fastening the oak ones, plus new rigging and other jobs.  Since then she has had a new Beta engine, new sails and all new covers and canvas work.

This is probably one of the nicest examples of a Sterling that could be found and is now in commission and ready to sail this summer.  October 2017 insurance survey.

Holman Sterling Bermudan Sloop

Length on Deck                 28’9″

Length Waterline             22’6″

Beam                                    8’7″

Draft                                      4’8″

Thames Tonnage             7TM




Planked in Pitch Pine below the water line, Lagos mahogany above, all copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

Grown oak floors with a few galvanised straps under the water tank in the saloon.  Oak and Iroko backbone.

Cast iron ballast keel  with steel keel bolts last drawn in 1996.

Straight laid teak deck on a plywood subdeck.  Teak is glued to the ply and seams payed with Sikaflex.  Scrubbed teak king plank, coverboards and toe rails.

Varnished teak coamings with oval bronze windows.  Sheathed plywood coachroof deck with a varnished capping around the edge.

Self draining cockpit with scrubbed teak thwarts.  Lockers beneath the thwarts each side.

Varnished teak companion doors and sliding hatch covered by a sprayhood.



Masthead bermudan sloop rig on a deck stepped Sparlight aluminium mast.

Varnished spruce roller reefing boom

Stainless steel standing rigging replaced in 1997.  Single spreaders with twin lowers, cap shroud, twin standing backstays and a Furlex roller furling headsail.

Mainsail (2007), Genoa (2004), cruising chute (2010).  Sail covers, hatch covers, spray hood and cockpit cover all new in 2013.  Assorted other sails.

2 pairs of cockpit sheet winches



Beta Marine 13.5hp twin cylinder fresh water cooled diesel installed new in 2004. Approx. 850hrs.

Stainless shaft to  centreline fixed 3 bade propeller, also new in 2004

New exhaust and fuel tank installed 2013.

2 x 12 volt batteries

Stainless fuel tank in starboard cockpit locker.

Stainless 20 gallon water tank under saloon cabin sole.




4 berths in a particularly nice interior.

6′ headroom throughout the main cabin.

The original owner specified a high standard of finish which sets her apart from most other Sterlings.

Steps down over the varnished engine box with galley to starboard and chart desk to port.

Galley has a gimballed 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill.  Single stainless sink with manually pumped fresh water from a bronze Patay pump.  Lockers behind specifically designed for stowing crockery.

Chart desk made of varnished Maple with lots of storage and locker space around.  Navigation instruments on the bulkhead above.

Half height bulkheads into the saloon with port and starboard settee berths.  Fold down backs to access large lockers, shelves and storage above under the deck head.  Scrubbed teak cabin sole with varnished surrounds.  Saloon table which can be removed when at sea.

Centreline passageway with heads to port where the door closes of the saloon cabin.  Baby Blake sea toilet discharges directly overboard.  Stainless hand basin to starboard with manually pumped fresh water.

Fore peak has twin V-berths with forehatch above and a huge storage volume under.  Bulkhead with a small door into the chain locker.


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.