Sailing yachts

Kim Holman Landfall Class Ketch

(REF: 29371)


  • Designer: Kim Holman
  • Builder: Whisstocks Boatyard Ltd
  • Year: 1958
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 38'
  • Beam: 11'2"
  • Draft: 5'6"
  • Tonnage: 16TM

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Kim Holman Landfall Class Ketch

Kim Holman Landfall ketch built by Whisstocks Boatyard Ltd, Suffolk, UK  in 1958.

This is the first yacht of 6 built to this design and gave her name to the class.  Built for Claude Whisstock, the owner of the boat yard, she was therefore the ‘boss’s boat’ and would have been built with a little extra care and attention.  Owned by Whisstock for 25 years, she then had another long ownership before being given a major refit between 1998 and 2004.

Bought by the present owners in 2006 and sailed to Devon where she was modified and prepared for long distance cruising and live aboard sailing.  After cruising the West country in 2007, the owners departed in 2008 for a 15 year cruise, arriving back in the UK in 2023.  Their cruise took them south to the Cape Verdes, across the Atlantic to Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina before travelling north through the western Caribbean, into Cuba, USA and Canada before heading home via the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Azores.  The voyage covered 29,000Nm with over 400 anchorages and moorings.

The boat has behaved impeccably throughout that period and has never given any cause for concern.  She has been a comfortable and safe cruising home, easily handled by her 2 crew in all conditions and much admired wherever she went.

The time has come for the owners to move ashore and the boat needs a new custodian who hopefully will wish to continue the cruising life for which this boat is ideally suited.  Priced sensibly to reflect the boat and the owners’ desire to sell her sooner rather than later.

Full survey report available from November 2023.


Length on Deck          38’ / 11.6m

Length Overall           42’ / 12.8m

Length Waterline       31’8” / 9.7m

Beam                           11’2” / 3.4m

Draft                           5’6” / 1.67m

Thames Tonnage        16TM

Displacement             14.6 tons


  • Carvel planked in 1 1/8” iroko fastened with copper rivets to steam bent oak timbers.
  • Garboards renewed in 2020 using angelique.  Hull recaulked in 2013.
  • Sawn oak floors across the centreline with some bronze strap floors in the ends of the hull.
  • External iron ballast keel of 4.25 tons.  Keel bolts were fitted in 2000, wrought iron bolts coated in epoxy.
  • Some internal lead trimming ballast.
  • 2023 survey identified some damage to the mast step and associated wooden floors that will need attention by the next owner.
  • Deck laid in 1” plywood on larch deck beams, sheathed in Cascover then overlaid with a teak deck.  Painted toe rail all round with an oiled iroko capping.  Stainless steel pushpit, pulpit and guard rails.
  • Superstructure has a coachroof  with a raised doghouse aft giving protection to the cockpit and companion hatch.
  • Iroko coamings finished in white paint with chromed bronze port lights and windows.
  • Coachroof deck of GRP sheathed 1” plywood.  Chromed bronze dorade vents on the coachroof.
  • Self draining cockpit split into 2 parts for the helms person and crew.  Oiled iroko coamings and varnished teak thwarts with lockers below.
  • Wheel steering with cables to the rudder quadrant.
  • Teak gas box on the aft deck.


  • Bermudan ketch rig on keel spruce masts.
  • Main mast is a built hollow section and the mizzen is solid.
  • Spruce slab reefing main boom.  New mizzen boom.  Douglas Fir bowsprit.
  • Most spars are finished in oil not varnish so are easier to maintain.
  • Stainless steel standing rigging from 2003 to internal galvanised chain plates.
  • Full suit of working sails and storm sails mostly from 2003.  Full details in the inventory list below.  Working sails professionally serviced in 2023.
  • Gibb Sheetmaster cockpit sheet winches.  Antal W8 cockpit jib furling winch.  Pair of mast winches.
  • Seafurl 3250 roller furling headsail system for the jib.
  • Self tacking staysail for easy handling.


  • Perkins 4,236 80hp diesel completely rebuilt in 2000.
  • Engine serviced 2023.  New stainless steel heat exchanger, starter motor and water pump in recent years.
  • Borg Warner Velvet Drive gearbox to a centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller.  Cruising speed of 5 knots, max speed of 7 knots.
  • Fuel consumption of 1.5l/hr – 2.5l/hr.
  • New fuel tanks 2021.  2 x 135 litre aluminium tanks.
  • 1 x 12 volt engine start battery.  4 x 6 volt domestic batteries.
  • Charging via 130 amp engine alternator or shore power system with 240 volt battery charger.  Solar panel with regulator for trickle charging,
  • 2 x manual bilge pumps and 1 x auto electric bilge pump.
  • 300 litre galvanised water tank under the saloon sole.  Separate 100 litre flexible tank.


  • 6 berths including 2 quarter berths, 2 saloon settee berths and 2 single berths in the forecabin which can be converted to a double.
  • 6’ headroom through the cabin.
  • Steps down from the cockpit into the doghouse with a seat either side and a quarter berth outboard under the side decks.
  • Half height bulkheads and vertical grab rails with steps down from the doghouse.
  • Galley to port and chart desk to starboard.
  • Chart desk is half admiralty size and faces outboard with instruments under the side deck.
  • L-shaped galley with a Nelson Spinflo 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill.  Twin stainless sink with pressurised water.  Plumbing in place for a hot water system but no calorifier tank.  12 volt fridge locker under the chart desk.
  • Bulkhead with bi-fold mahogany doors into the saloon.
  • Port and starboard saloon settee berths with storage beneath and behind.  Dropleaf mahogany saloon table offset to port.  Varnished sole boards and coamings with white painted deckhead.
  • Original joinery with lockers either side at the forward end of the saloon.
  • Pair of original mahogany doors at forward end of saloon, port side into the heads and starboard side into the forecabin.
  • Heads compartment has a Baby Blake sea toilet that discharges directly overboard.  Stainless hand basin.  The heads has a second door from the forecabin making that cabin an ensuite.
  • Forecabin has 2 large single V-berths with an infill piece to create a large double for use in harbour.  Original fold down net shelves either side with varnished mahogany slats on the hull.  Forehatch above the berth.


  • Sestrel SIRS Navigation Major II steering compass
  • B&G sounder
  • B&G log
  • Anemometer (needs repair/replacement)
  • Handheld Plastimo Echofish 300
  • ICOM IC-M71 handheld VHF radio
  • AIS Quark QK-A024/026
  • Raymarine SmartPilot S1 autopilot
  • Hydrovane VXA2 M/H/E wind vane steering system
  • Iridium 9555 satellite phone with red box optimizer
  • B&G GPS/plotter needs repair/replacement


  • Superior Offshore Stream 4 person liferaft, new 2023.  Service due 2026
  • 4 x life jackets
  • 1 x lifebuoy
  • Flare pack in date
  • Danbuoy with lifebuoy and light
  • MOB Lifesling recovery buoy
  • Emergency VHF antenna
  • Global 12 sea anchor
  • Jack stays
  • Bolt cutters
  • Emergency tiller
  • 3 x Fire extinguishers
  • Fire blanket
  • 2 x Gusher Titan 30 manual bilge pumps
  • Whale auto electric bilge pump
  • Radar reflector


  • 45lb CQR anchor
  • 75m x 10mm chain
  • Lofrans Tigres TG electric anchor windlass
  • 20kg Delta kedge anchor.  6m x10mm chain + 44m x 18mm warp
  • Danforth 25lb kedge anchor
  • 29kg angel weight
  • Anchor buoy with line
  • Mooring warps
  • Fenders
  • Anchor ball


  • Bunk and berth cushions
  • Cabin paraffin lamps
  • Nelson Spinflo gas cooker
  • Twin stainless steel galley sink
  • 12 volt refrigerated locker
  • Galley equipment
  • Stainless steel heads hand basin
  • Baby Blake sea toilet
  • Various gas bottles


  • Spare fuel jerry cans
  • 4 x 6 volt AGM domestic batteries, total 400ah
  • 1 x 12 volt AGM 105ah engine start battery
  • Engine spares
  • Dolphin Premium 15 amp 240 volt battery charger
  • Shore power system with cable (240 and 110 volt capable)
  • 2 x Kyocera 40W solar panels
  • Aquair 100 wind and water generator with spare impeller


  • Mainsail                      298sqft                        pre 2006          Fair condition
  • Mizzen                        96sqft                                      Fair condition
  • Jib                                236sqft                        2003                Good condition
  • Staysail                       124sqft                        2003                Good condition
  • Cruising chute                                                2007                Excellent condition
  • Mizzen staysail          245sqft                                                Good condition
  • Trysail                         108sqft                                                Good condition
  • Storm jib                     74sqft              2003                Good condition
  • Spare mainsail                                                                        Good condition (needs altering)
  • Seafurl 3250 roller furling headsail system
  • Alloy spinnaker pole
  • Mainsail, mizzen and staysail covers
  • Dodgers
  • Sprayhood
  • Cockpit bimini cover
  • Anchor windlass cover
  • Forehatch cover
  • Skylight cover
  • Bowsprit sun cover


  • GRP pram dinghy with oars and rig
  • Lehr propane 2.5hp outboard motor
  • Deck brush
  • Bucket
  • Boarding/swim ladder
  • Boat hook
  • Davey Grabit boat hook

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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.