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Holman Twister

(REF: 23981)


  • Designer: Kim Holman
  • Builder: D.C. Fuller, Christchurch
  • Year: 1966
  • Location: Wales
  • Length on deck: 27'8"
  • Beam: 8'
  • Draft: 5'3"
  • Tonnage: 7TM

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Kim Holman Twister built by D.C. Fuller of Chichester in 1966, she is sail no.300.

The Twister is a design that needs no introduction, another of Holmans superb yacht designs that has proved to be an exceptionally fast, well mannered and capable cruiser racer.  With finer sections than the slightly larger Sterling, this is an easily driven hull that balances well on all points of sail and can be single handed without any trouble.

This particular boat has cruised extensively with the previous owner with voyages to the Azores on a number of occasions.  She is fitted with a wind vane self steering system to help with long distance single handed sailing.  Bought by the present owner in 2019, she has had a certain amount of professional refit work including re-splining of the underwater hull, new seacocks and completely new standing and running rigging.  The engine is in very good order, recently serviced and ready to go.

The yacht had a survey carried out in April 2022 and the key reccommendations from that report have been attended to, full details available.  The coachroof varnish work and deck have been re-coated this spring.

A true classic, the Twister is a superb yacht design and this is a good value example.


Length on Deck                                 27’8”

Length Waterline                             21’

Beam                                                    8’

Draft                                                      5’3”

Thames Tonnage                             7TM



Carvel planked in mahogany, copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

Hull stripped to bare wood below the waterline in 2020 and splined.  All seacocks repaired or replaced as necessary in 2020.

Sawn oak floors across the centreline with bronze throat bolts.

Cast iron ballast keel.

Sheathed plywood deck finished in non-slip deck paint.  Scrubbed teak toe rail with stainless stanchions and guard wires.

Varnished mahogany coamings with Perspex windows.

Sheathed plywood coachroof deck.

Self draining cockpit with a hatch in the sole giving access to the stern gland.  Varnished thwarts lift for access to large cockpit lockers.  Bridge deck at forward end.  Washboards and sliding mahogany companion hatch.  Lewmar forehatch forward of the mast.




Bermudan sloop rig on a deck stepped alloy mast.

Alloy slab reefing boom with 2 reefs and alloy spinnaker pole stowed on the coachroof.

Stainless steel standing rigging, all new in 2020, to internal stainless steel chain plates.  Twin standing backstays to stainless chain plates on each quarter.

Single line roller furling headsail system to the stainless stem head fitting, recently overhauled.

Running rigging all new in 2020 with all new Lewmar blocks.

Mainsheet on a 6:1 purchase, makes off to a stainless horse which is integral to the pushpit, taking the sheet clear of cockpit and tiller for easy operation.

2 pairs of non-self tailing cockpit sheet winches for genoa and spinnaker sheets.  2 non-ST mast winches for halyards.  Single non-ST reefing winch below the gooseneck.

Sails comprise mainsail and genoa in good condition, spinnaker, blooper

New VHF cable fitted inside the mast in 2020.  New cable for Raymarine wind indicator fitted.




Yanmar 1GM10 9hp single cylinder diesel, recently serviced and running well.

2 x 12 volt batteries new in 2020.  Charged from engine alternator.




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

Galley has a gimballed 2 burner gas stove with grill.

Half height painted bulkheads with varnished mahogany trim separate off the main saloon.

Pair of saloon settee berths with all new upholstery.  Saloon table stows flat against the forward bulkhead and folds down when needed, this is a trademark Holman design and works extremely well.  Shelf each side outboard under the deck head and storage lockers behind the seat backs.

Centreline passage going forward with heads compartment to starboard and hanging locker to port.

Heads has a Baby Blake manual sea toilet which discharges directly overboard.

Forecabin has 2 single V-berths with a central infill to create a double.  All new upholstery.




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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.



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