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Kim Holman 26

(REF: 18322)


  • Designer: Kim Holman
  • Builder: Whisstocks of Woodbridge
  • Year: 1962
  • Location: Wiltshire
  • Length on deck: 26'2''
  • Beam: 7'6''
  • Draft: 4'2''
  • Tonnage: 6TM

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The Holman 26 is another of the very successful small boat designs to have been penned by Kim Holman and has notable similarities to the Stella and the larger Sterling.  They have a reputation for seaworthiness and capability above and beyond their small size.

This boat was bought by the present owner in 2014 and was immediately given to the yard to start a refit.  The interior joinery was removed, the boat lifted off her keel and all throat bolts and keel bolts replaced, as well as repairing all the cracked frames and replacing all garboard screws.

Since that first intensive period of refit she has been steadily improved and upgraded, both in terms of her cosmetics, gear and structural integrity.  This has included new sails, standing and running rigging, new caulking in places, alterations to the joinery and a complete strip back and repaint.  A full and detailed list of the work carried out is available upon request.

It is likely she is now one the best and most attentively cared for examples of the Class to be found and comes with a very complete inventory of equipment so she really is ready to go sailing.

The boat also has a brand new heavy duty road trailer which could be purchased separately if required by a new owner.

Length on Deck                 26’2”

Length Waterline             20’

Beam                                    7’6”

Draft                                      4’2”

Thames Tonnage             6TM



Carvel planked in mahogany all copper fastened to closely spaced steamed oak timbers.  All cracked timbers sistered and garboard screw fastenings replaced in 2014.

Iroko keel and rudder post, oak stem

Sawn oak floors across the centreline with new bronze throat bolts in 2014.

External iron ballast keel of 1.45 tons fastened with galvanised steel bolts, all new in 2014.

Marine plywood deck, epoxy sheathed and finished in cream deck paint.  Varnished mahogany toe rail all round with stainless steel pushpit, pulpit and stanchions.

Varnished mahogany coachroof coamings with chromed bronze windows and an epoxy sheathed plywood coachroof deck.  Varnished mahogany handrails and forehatch.

Self draining cockpit with varnished mahogany thwarts.  Deep cockpit lockers either side.

Tiller steering on a transom hung rudder



Masthead Bermudan sloop rig on a deck stepped aluminium Proctor mast.  Slab reefing alloy boom and alloy whisker pole.

Stainless steel standing rigging to internal stainless steel chain plates, new in 2016.

Rigging replaced on a rolling program, backstays, cap shrouds and forestay new in 2016/2017.  Lower shrouds 2008.

Harken roller furling headsail system fitted new in 2017.

Full set of sails with mainsail and genoa from 2017, plus spare mainsail, large genoa and 2 spinnakers.

Pair of Lewmar cockpit sheet winches and a pair of Lewmar mast winches.



Beta Marine 14hp 2cyl diesel installed new in 1998.  New keyless control panel 2016, professionally serviced every year.

Single lever control to centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller gives 4.5 knots cruising speed at 1.25 litres/hour, 5.5kts max speed.  New cutlass bearing 2017.

34 litre stainless fuel tank in aft port cockpit locker.

80 litres of fresh water in 2 flexible tanks under the saloon settee berths.

100ah domestic battery and Optima start battery, charged from engine alternator or solar panel.  CTEK battery management system.  Alternator new in 2016.

2 manual bilge pumps and 1 electric auto bilge pump.



4 berths with good headroom in the saloon.

Steps down from the main hatch over the engine box with galley to port and lifting chart desk to starboard.

Galley has an Origo twin burner spirit stove on gimbals and a single stainless steel sink.  Manually pumped fresh water to the sink.

Chart desk built by present owner, lifts to access large storage space.  Navigation instruments neatly fitted outboard of the desk.

Main saloon with a settee berth either side, both have trotter boxes at the aft end.  Large storage lockers outboard under the side decks.

Centreline doorway going forward with a roller blind for privacy.  Jabsco manual sea toilet to port with all new pipe work.  Large hanging locker to starboard.

Forward into the forecabin with twin V-berths.  Storage beneath.



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.