Sailing yachts

Holman Super Sovereign Ketch

(REF: 18224)


  • Designer: Holman, Kim
  • Builder: Jack Holman, Upham's Yard, Brixham
  • Year: 1968
  • Location: South Coast
  • Length on deck: 35'
  • Beam: 10'
  • Draft: 5'
  • Tonnage: 11

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Holman Super Sovereign ketch designed by Kim Holman and built by his brother Jack at the Uphams yard, Brixham.  This was the development of the popular Sovereign with an increase in dimensions and internal volume.  The extra space gave more headroom and more berths, plus a longer waterline length giving faster passage times.

This yacht has been in the present family since 1970 when she was bought from Jack Holman.  He had built her for himself which explains the high quality timber used in the build.

In the present ownership she has been used as a family cruising boat exploring the English Channel and north coasts of France and for most of her life has been used every weekend throughout the summer.

She is perfectly designed for family cruising with an easily managed ketch rig giving plenty of sail options for differing weather conditions, a very deep, comfortable and safe cockpit with shelter from the spray hood and a spacious interior with 6 berths and ample headroom.

She has been very well maintained and is a credit to the careful eye of the owner.  Age however has forced them to consider passing her on to a new home.

Length On Deck                                35′

Beam                                                   10′

Draft                                                      5′

Thames Tonnage             11TM

Holman Super Sovereign Ketch



Believed to be planked in Iroko all copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

Heavy sawn wooden floors with bronze throat bolts.

External lead ballast keel with bronze keel bolts.

Sheathed plywood deck with varnished toe rail.

Teak coachroof coamings with bronze portholes.

Deep self draining cockpit with wheel steering




Bermudan ketch rig on keel stepped alloy spars with alloy slab reefing booms.

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

All running rigging runs aft through jammers to the cockpit except for main halyard which is on a captive wire winch.

Lewmar self tailing cockpit sheet winches.

Large sail wardrobe, all by Arun sails.  Varying ages including mainsail 2010, Genoa 2007, No.2 Genoa 2013, Mizzen 2005.





Perkins 4108 4cyl 48hp diesel installed as a new short engine in 2007.

Hydraulic gearbox with single lever control.

Stainless shaft to fixed 2 blade bronze propeller, gives 7 knots cruising speed at 3/4 gallon/hr.

20 gallon stainless steel fuel tank under the cockpit sole

30 gallon water tank

3 x 12 volt batteries charged from the engine alternator

Holman Super Sovereign Ketch



6 berths including a starboard quarter berth, two saloon settee berths and a pilot berth plus two single berths in the fore peak.

Full standing headroom with wide cabin sole.

Drop down saloon table with an English Channel chart embedded in it.

Forward facing chart desk in aft starboard corner forward of quarter berth.

Galley in the aft port corner, single stainless sink and 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill

Heads compartment forward of the mast with Baby Blake sea toilet and hand basin.

Manually pumped fresh water in the heads and galley.

Charcoal cabin heater on the forward bulkhead.Holman Super Sovereign Ketch



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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.