Sailing yachts

Kim Holman 26

(REF: 23418)


  • Designer: Kim Holman
  • Builder: Uphams of Brixham
  • Year: 1963
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 26'2"
  • Beam: 7'6"
  • Draft: 4'2"
  • Tonnage: 6TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Kim Holman 26

The classic Holman 26, designed by Kim Holman and built by Uphams of Brixham in 1963.

She has been in the current ownership since 1990 and has cruised Wales, Brittany and the West Country.

Properly maintained with periods of professional refit work when required, updated rigging as necessary, new wiring and an engine rebuild.

A nice honest example of the class.


Length on Deck                 26’2”

Beam                                    7’6″

Draft                                      4’2″

Thames Tonnage             6TM




Carvel planked in mahogany on Canadian Rock Elm timbers, all copper rivet fastened.

Sawn wooden floors across the centreline

External iron ballast keel of 1.4 tons.  Iron keel bolts.  1 bolt drawn in 2014 and found to be in good condition.

Mahogany coachroof coamings with stainless framed windows.  Coamings all new in 1997.

GRP sheathed plywood coachroof deck. Painted wooden hand rails with varnished forehatch and companionway.  Both hatches renewed in current ownership.

Painted mahogany toe rails with stainless steel pushpit, pulpit and guard rails.

Non-self draining cockpit with varnished mahogany thwarts and varnished cockpit sole grating.

Tiller steering on a transom hung rudder

Aft deck replaced, cockpit rebuilt and hood end planks repaired approximately 20 years ago.




Masthead Bermudan sloop rig on a deck stepped anodised aluminium mast.  Anodised aluminium slab reefing boom.

Stainless steel standing rigging to internal stainless steel chain plates.  Chain plates new in current ownership.  Rigging replaced as necessary in current ownership.

Single standing adjustable backstay, twin lower shrouds and a single cap shroud over a single set of spreaders.  Forestay to stemhead takes hanked on headsail.

Mainsail, genoa, No.1 jib, No.2 jib, spinnaker and ghoster all in good condition.  Age of sails unknown but all in good or serviceable condition.

1 mast winch and 2 x Lewmar 25 non-self tailing 2 speed cockpit sheet winches.




Yanmar 1GM10 single cylinder diesel.  Rebuilt by Fowey Marine in 2014.

Single lever controls to a centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.  Gives 4.5 knots cruising speed at approximately 1 litre/hour.

Stainless steel fuel tank of 6 gallons (27 litres) in the cockpit locker.

Single 12 volt battery for engine starting and domestic power.  Charged from engine alternator

Boat re-wired in 2000.

Single manual bilge pump.




Fitted out with 2 single berths in the saloon.  W single berths in the forepeak could be reinstated by fitting new cushions.

Interior re-painted in 2020.

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

Galley has a paraffin Optimus 155 2 burner stove set on gimbals.

Water from a 20 litre plastic jerry can.

Chart desk faces outboard.

Half height bulkheads with grab handles separate off the main saloon.

Settee berth either side with a trotter box at the aft end of each.  Upholstery in good condition.

Storage space behind each bunk and under the deck head.

Passageway forward with heads compartment.  Baby Blake sea toilet to starboard which discharges directly overboard.  Heads compartment refitted in 2020, Baby Blake rebuilt.

Hanging locker opposite to port.

Forepeak used solely for Sail stowage instead of the usual twin V-berths.  The joinery for the V-berths is still there but she would need new cushions in order for them to be used as berths.  Forehatch over.




Sestrel Minor steering compass

Seafarer 701 sounder

Walker Knot Master trailing log


2 x lifejackets

Life buoy

Cockpit dodgers, new 2021

25lb CQR anchor

73’+ of ¼” galvanised chain

15lb CQR kedge anchor

Various warps of 160’, 102’ and 70’

Mainsail, 156sqft

Genoa, 190sqft

No.1 jib, 125sqft

No.2 jib, 53sqft


Ghoster, 200sqft

Spinnaker pole

Backstay tensioner

Running and standing rigging

2 x Lewmar 25 non-self tailing 2 speed sheet winches

Mast winch

Yanmar 1GM10 engine

12 volt battery

Bunk and berth cushions

Optimus paraffin stove

Water jerry can

Ensign and staff

New wire for standing rigging, enough for both cap shrouds





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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