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Holman Sterling Bermudan Sloop

(REF: 18087)


  • Designer: Holman, Kim
  • Builder: Upham's Yard, Brixham
  • Year: 1965
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 28'
  • Beam: 8'6
  • Draft: 4'9
  • Tonnage: 7TM

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Designed by Kim Holman, this Sterling was built by his brother Jack at the Uphams yard in Brixham in 1965, the last of 19 Sterlings built.

Often thought of as the cruising sister to the Twister, these boats are a delight to sail and have a generous volume for their dimensions with a large comfortable cockpit, good headroom and 4 berths.

This yacht was bought by the current owners after being laid up ashore for a number of years and has been brought up to a good standard in recent years, cruised extensively around local waters and lavished with much care and attention.

Her rig, rigging and sails were all new and first used in 2018.  The engine has had a complete rebuild and is in very good order.  The interior has been painted, had new upholstery and the galley refitted with a new stove and sink.

The owners have changed their sailing plans and moved on to a larger yacht for more extended cruising so wish to find a loving new home for this nice yacht.

2018 survey available with a full list of work done since that time.


Length on Deck                 28’

Length Waterline             22’

Beam                                    8’6”

Draft                                      4’9”

Thames Tonnage             7TM




Carvel planked in mahogany above the waterline, pitch pine below.

All copper rivet fastened to steam bent Canadian Rock Elm timbers.  Bronze screws in the hood ends.

Varnished mahogany transom with a transom hung rudder.

2 ton external iron ballast keel fastened galvanised steel keel bolts.  Some internal lead trimming ballast.  2 bolts removed in 2012 and found good.

Sawn oak floors through the midships sections with galvanised throat bolts.  Galvanised strap floors in the ends of the hull with galvanised floor bolts.

Marine plywood deck sheathed externally in GRP and finished in non=slip deck paint.

Varnished teak toe rail all round.

Stainless steel pushpit and pulpit, stanchions and guard wires.

Stainless twin roller stem head fitting with bronze fairleads and large cleats.

Varnished teak coachroof coamings with bronze framed windows.  Twin plywood bulkheads and large laminated knees support the deck structure in way of the mast step.

Sheathed plywood coachroof deck with teak handrails and dorade vents.

Self draining cockpit with teak faced plywood thwarts.  Large hatch in cockpit sole to gain access to stern areas.

Varnsished teak sliding hatch and cabin doors.




Masthead Bermudan sloop rig on a deck stepped alloy mast.

Mast and boom both new from Selden, first installed on the boat in 2018.

Selden alloy boom with a new stack Pack system for stowing the mainsail.

Furlex 200S roller furling headsail system

Stainless steel standing rigging, first used in 2018.  Internal stainless chain plates.  Twin lower shrouds and a single cap shroud over a set of spreaders.  Twin standing backstays to the quarters.

Mainsail and genoa first used in 2018.

Pair of bronze Lewmar non-self tailing bottom action cockpit sheet winches.

2 x Harken 8 and 1 x Harken 6 non-self tailing mast winches.




Yanmar 1GM10 single cylinder marine diesel installed new in 2008.

Engine overhauled in 2019 with new main bearings and oil seal, re-ground crankshaft, new big end shells, new piston rings and reconditioned cylinder head.

Single lever control with a stainless shaft to a centreline 3 blade fixed bronze propeller.

15 litre plastic fuel tank fitted new in 2020 with a built in electric pump for easy filling.  New pipe work fitted.

2 x 12 volt batteries, 90ah domestic battery and separate dedicated start battery.

Charging from engine alternator which is regulated by a Sterling Universal Advanced digital 4 step charge regulator, or when connected to shore power through the Sterling 10amp smart charger.

Stand alone diesel fired hot air heating system with built in fuel tank fitted in port cockpit locker with a duct into the main cabin.




4 berths including a large double in the saloon and twin berths in the forepeak.

All new upholstery in 2018.

Steps down into the main cabin over the engine box with galley to starboard and chart desk to port.

Chart desk faces outboard with storage drawers below and lockers outboard under the deck head.

Galley has an LP Voyager 4500 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill, set on gimbals.  All recently fitted.  Single stainless sink with manually pumped fresh water.  Good quantity of storage space around the galley.

Half height bulkheads with grab handles separate off the main saloon.  Originally the boat had 2 single berths with trotter boxes, however the starboard side trotter box has been lost with the installation of the new galley stove and this berth is now a bit shorter.  The current owners have equipped the boat with the necessary foam to create a large double berth athwartships in the saloon, very useful when in harbour.

Storage space behind each settee back and under the deck head.

Saloon table is a clever design used by Holman that folds away against the forward bulkhead when not in use.

Centreline passageway going forward with a manual Jabsco sea toilet to port which discharges directly overboard.  Hanging lockers to port.  The doors of the two bulkheads close up to create a large heads compartment right across the breadth of the boat.

Forepeak has two single berths with a chain locker between and storage beneath.  Forehatch above.




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