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Kim Holman Cruiser Racer Sloop

(REF: 26302)


  • Designer: Kim holman
  • Builder: Tucker Brown
  • Year: 1967
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Length on deck: 42'8"
  • Beam: 11'4"
  • Draft: 7'
  • Tonnage: 17TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Kim Holman Cruiser Racer Sloop

43′ bermudan sloop designed by Kim Holman, built by Tucker Brown, Essex in 1967.  Yet another example of how the underrated Kim Holman was at the forefront of British yacht design at this time.

This design reflects the cutting edge thinking of the time when wetted surface areas were under consideration and attempts made at reduction by putting the rudder on a skeg separate from the keel and reducing the surface area of the keel which was still a moulded section of the hull and had not yet become the simple fin now universal in GRP designs.  The counter is retrousse, the hull has ample freeboard with the extra beam we came to expect at this time .

The additional freeboard means that there is ample head-room below without having a coach-roof the full length of the deck. The coach-roof is restricted to aft of the mast where the cabin sole level is raised over the engine leaving ample, clear fore and side decks.

The cock-pit is particularly attractive being divided in racing fashion with the helmsman right aft untrammelled by the boom and main sheet with a radiussed seat , separating the helm from the crew who have plenty of space to work the 2 pairs of sheet winches from the deep, safe forward well, sheltered behind the coach-roof with a spray-hood over the cabin entrance.

Bought by the present owners in 2009 after some years of neglect, they spent 3 years rebuilding the boat in preparation for some long distance cruising.  A full list of the work carried out is available, but it involved repairs to the hull with new planks, frames and fastenings, various new floors and a new cockpit.  The engine was replaced, systems upgraded and the rig improved.  She set sail in 2012 for the Caribbean and has since covered many thousands of miles with her 2 owners, and has proved to be a very comfortable, safe and fast passage making yacht, plus she was raced successfully at the Antigua Classics Regatta.

After many years of adventures it is time to pass the boat on to new owners who can continue to use her as she was designed, and although they will be very sad to see her go the current owners will take solace in the knowledge they will be passing her on in great shape and ready for whatever new adventures await.

This is a very fine quality yacht, very nicely built in the best materials, capable of being driven by only 2 crew  on fast, comfortable passages. She is easily managed with a sensible rig but is still a fast and competitive yacht


Length on Deck                                 42’8”

Length waterline                              31’6”

Beam                                                    11’4”

Draft                                                      7’

Thames Tonnage                             17TM



Planked in 1 1/16” pitch pine to the top of the strap floors, mahogany planking above up to the deck.  All copper rivet fastened to steam bent Canadian rock elm timbers of 1 3/8” x 1 5/8” at 9” centres.

Heavier laminated mahogany ring frames in way of the mast and bulkheads.

Splined topsides for a fair finish

Laminated iroko back bone and stem.  Bronze strap floors across the centreline with bronze floor bolts.  Heavy section iroko floors fitted around the mast step in 2014.  Also some original laminated wooden floors up forward

External lead ballast keel of 5.5 tons secured with bronze keel bolts.  1 bolt drawn in 2012 and tested to destruction.  Found to be in near perfect condition, this one was replaced with a new bolt but the others were assumed to be in the same excellent condition.

Original deck of 5/8” marine plywood, sheathed externally and painted.  In 1999 the deck was overlaid with yacht laid swept teak, screwed and glued to the sheathed plywood deck.  A few areas of soft plywood were replaced, in way of the chain plates and forehatch.

Laminated mahogany hanging knees throughout the hull.

Varnished teak margin boards and covering boards with a varnished teak toe rail.  Stainless steel pushpit, pulpit and stanchions.

Small coachroof stops aft of the mast.  Varnished teak coamings with radiused forward corners and chromed bronze windows.  Sheathed plywood coachroof deck with varnished teak grab rails and a small Lewmar hatch either side.

Between the mast and coachroof is a larger Lewmar hatch and a pair of chromed bronze dorade vents on varnished teak vent boxes.

Self draining cockpit, completely renewed in 2012.  Strong douglas fir frame with Robbins elite marine plywood all sheathed and painted.  Original scrubbed teak thwarts reused and glued to marine plywood bases.  Cockpit split by the mainsheet track giving a separate space aft for the helms person.  Bridge deck to the companion hatch.

Stainless steel bimini frame over the cockpit for shelter from the sun, also carries 2 solar panels.

Varnished teak spoked wheel on a varnished teak pedestal, new steering cables in 2012.  Monitor wind vane self steering system on the counter.


Masthead Bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped painted alloy mast with single spreaders.

Selden aluminium slab reefing boom sheeted to a Lewmar track in the cockpit.  Fitted with a stack pack system and lazyjacks.  Stainless boom gallows over the sprayhood.

Stainless steel granny bars either side of the mast for safety when working the rigging in rough weather.

Stainless steel standing rigging and rigging screws to internal stainless chain plates.  Some chain plate bolts removed and checked in recent years.  Mostly Sta-lock fittings on the rigging.

Standing rigging of varying ages but all recent.  New forestay and cap shrouds in 2015. 2 new lowers in 2022, other 2 lowers new in 2017.  Back stay new in 2012.

Pair of lower shrouds and a single cap shroud with a single standing backstay.

Profurl roller furling headsail system to the stemhead carries the genoa, new in 2015.

Harken MkIII inner roller furling system with a yankee jib, fastened with a quick release system so can be moved aft when not required.  This allows 2 headsails to be flown for easy downwind sailing.

Twin alloy spinnaker poles.

Pair of Lewmar 55 self tailing primary cockpit sheet winches.

Pair of Lewmar 43 non-self tailing secondary cockpit sheet winches.

Pair of Lewmar non-self tailing mast winches with a single Harken self tailing mast winch.

Mainsail, 160% genoa, 100% jib, storm jib and spinnaker.


Yanmar 3JH5E 3cyl 40hp marine diesel installed new in 2012.  Removed from the boat in 2022, replaced with new flexible engine mounts and a re-painted bilge.  Fully serviced.

All new sound proofing around the engine in 2022.

Dry exhaust system fitted new with the engine installation.  New flexible section in 2022.

Aqua-Drive coupling to a stainless steel shaft and a 3 blade furling Darglow Featherstream propeller, serviced by Darglow in 2019.  Mechanical gearbox with a single lever Morse control, morse new in 2019.

Stern tube and bronze stern gland replaced new in 2022.

4 x 228ah 6 volt deep cycle batteries linked together to provide 250ah for the 12 volt system.  New in 2012, approx 80% capacity.

Numax 100ah engine start battery, new in 2022.

Boat re-wired using tinned wire in 2012.

Charging from the engine alternator with a sterling Power digital charge regulator or  from 2 x 80W solar panels mounted on the bimini frame.  Shore power system for 240 volt charging with a 40 amp Xantrex battery charger.

1000 watt sterling inverter.

20 litre calorifier attached to the engine for domestic hot water.

200 litre stainless steel fuel tank with a Parker water separator fuel filter.

240 litres of water in 3 tanks.


9 berths in total with a double quarter berth, 2 saloon settee berths one of which forms a double, 2 saloon pilot berths and 2 single berths in the forepeak that can form a large double.

Excellent headroom throughout.

Eberspacher diesel hot air cabin heating.

Steps down into the dog house with a double quarter berth to port.  To starboard is a small seat with a deep hanging wet locker outboard.

To starboard is the chart desk which faces aft with a curved seat.  The full size chart desk lifts up with storage space under.  Switch panel under the deck head with the 12 volt distribution panel.

L-shaped galley to port with a gimballed GN Espace 3 burner gas stove with oven and grill, fitted new in 2012.  Single deep stainless steel sink with pressurised hot and cold water plus a manual salt water tap.  More than ample locker and storage space around the galley with work top space aft of the stove.  Frigaboat 12 volt keel cooled fridge, installed in 2012.

Engine is beneath the dog house cabin sole.

Bulkhead with twin sliding doors separates off the main saloon.  Steps down into the saloon with a large pilot berth either side under the deckhead.  Single settee berth to port.  U shaped seating around the saloon table to starboard, this settee berth can convert to a small double if required.

Dropleaf varnished teak saloon table on the centreline.

Vast amount of storage space under the pilot berths and settee berths.

Port side sliding door through the bulkhead into the heads compartment with a large locker to port under the deckhead.

Heads has a Baby Blake sea toilet which discharges through a small waste tank, toilet refurbished in 2012.  Stainless steel hand basin with hot and cold pressurised water.  Base of the heads compartment is a shower tray which discharges directly overboard.  Pull out hand basin tap is used for the shower.

Sliding door through the bulkhead into the fore cabin.  2 single berths with an infill section to create a large double berth.  Lewmar forehatch over the berth.

Custom made sheathed plywood chain bin in the bows for the anchor chain.


Sestrel steering compass

B&G sounder

Trailing log


ICOm MA-500TR Class B AIS transponder, new in 2015

Monitor wind self steering system. Serviced in 2012, serviced in 2015

Simrad TP10 tiller pilot works in conjunction with Monitor


Blue Sea Systems switch panels

4 x 228 ah 6 volt domestic batteries

Numax 100ah start battery, new in 2022

Sterling Power universal advanced digital 4 step alternator regulator

2 x 80 watt solar panels with charge regulator

Yanmar 3JH5E 40 hp diesel, installed new in 2012

Aqua-Drive shaft coupling new in 2012

Darglow Featherstream furling propeller, serviced in 2019.

Calorifier hot water tank

200 litre stainless steel fuel tank

Parker water separator fuel filter

240 litres of water in 3 tanks


2 x fire extinguishers

Flare pack




25kg Cobra anchor, new 2015

Simpson :Lawrence 12 volt electric anchor windlass with capstan drum



160% genoa

100% jib

Storm jib


Twin alloy spinnaker poles

Pair of Lewmar 55 self tailing primary cockpit sheet winches

Pair of Lewmar 43 non-self tailing secondary cockpit sheet winches

Pair of Lewmar non-self tailing mast winches with a single Harken self tailing mast winch

All winches serviced 2022

ProFurl headsail furling system, new 2015

Harken inner roller furling system

Stack Pack system with lazyjacks

Stainless boom gallows


Sprayhood on stainless frame

Bimini cover over cockpit on stainless frame



Ensign and staff


Bunk and berth cushions

GN Espace 3 burner gas stove with oven and grill

Varnished teak gas locker on deck

2 x gas bottles

Frigaboat 12 volt keel cooled built in fridge

Pressurised domestic hot water system

Manual salt water tap for galley sink

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