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Kim Holman Rummer Yawl

(REF: 18826)


  • Designer: Holman, Kim
  • Builder: H King and Sons
  • Year: 1962
  • Location: Isle of Wight
  • Length on deck: 35'2"
  • Beam: 9'7"
  • Draft: 4'9"
  • Tonnage: 10TM

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Designed by Kim Holman and built by H King and Sons of Pin Mill, Suffolk in 1962.

The first of the class was Rummer built in 1958, Kim Holman designed this yacht for himself and raced her for several seasons in Class 111 with notable success.

The design demonstrates some American influence in her greater beam for a 24’ water-line length than was normal in English yachts at the time with almost the same beam at wl as at deck level and generous freeboard thus giving volume to the cabin. In addition Holman gave her quite a full bilge, kept her draft to a minimum, gave her a healthy ballast ratio and kept a low aspect to the rig, all quite innovative features in 1958.

A very sweet lift to the counter and a rising sheer forward give the hull a most attractive line.

Although Kim Holman declared that he designed the yacht to cruise rather than race, she showed her performance in many races winning the Harwich-Ostend Race in her first season. Surprisingly, when compared to the very obviously sleeker and racier Vashti designed by his great competitor, Alan Buchanan, Rummer and Vashti were frequent competitors and usually very closely matched.

This boat has been professionally maintained in the present ownership and updated with modern navigation systems.  The cockpit was rebuilt in 2014, keel bolts drawn and checked in 2016 and the varnish and paint work kept up to a good standard.  Recent professional out of water refit with repairs to the deck and coachroof.


Length on Deck                 35’2″

Length Overall                   35’2″

Length Waterline             24′

Beam                                    9’7″

Draft                                      4’9″

Thames Tonnage             10TM





Carvel planked in mahogany copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers at 7″ centres.

Sawn Iroko floors across the centreline

External iron ballast keel of 2.6 tons fastened with stainless keel bolts, last drawn in 2016.

Yacht laid teak deck joggled to a king plank.  Screwed and glued to a marine plywood sub deck.

High toe rail with varnished teak capping rail.

Varnished teak coachroof coamings with a sheathed plywood coahcroof deck.  Slightly raised dog house over galley and chart desk.

Varnished Iroko cockpit coamings, new in 2014 at the same time as major cockpit repairs were professionally completed.

Self draining cockpit with tiller steering.  Scrubbed laid teak thwarts.  replacement of cockpit framing in 2014.  Twin hatches into lazarette.




Bermudan yawl rig on deck stepped alloy masts with varnished wooden slab reefing booms.

Stainless steel standing rigging to internal stainless chain plates.

Mizzen chain plates replaced in 2014.

Single standing back stay on the main mast and running back stays on tackles for the mizzen.

Genoa on a a Sailspar single line furling system.

Detachable inner forestay for storm jib.

Primary and secondary 3 speed Lewmar non self tailing cockpit winches.  2 Tuffnell mast winches.

Fully battened mainsail, genoa, mizzen plus storm sails, several jibs and spinnaker.  All in good condition.




Volvo Penta model 2002 15hp twin cylinder marine diesel.  Injectors replaced 2018.  Thorough refurb of engine and gearbox in 2019.

Centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller gives 5 knots cruising speed, 7 knots max.

Propeller, shaft and stern replaced new in 2019.

90 litres of diesel in 2 separate stainless steel tanks.

3 x 12 volt batteries for domestics and engine starting.  Charged from engine alternator or through Victron charger and installed shore power system.

2 x manual bilge pumps and 1 electric.




4 berths with 2 quarter berths and 2 saloon settee berths.

A very wide and easy entrance hatch gives access to the main cabin with steps down over the engine which is under the dog house sole.

Quarter berth either side going back under the cockpit thwarts.

Half height bulkheads into the main cabin with galley to port and aft facing chart desk to starboard.

Galley has a Plastimo Neptune 4500 gas cooker with oven and grill.  Single stainless sink with manually pumped fresh water .  Deep storage lockers and shelves under the side deck.  12 volt refridgerator drawer under port side settee berth.

Chart desk with large B&G chart plotter and impressive switch panel.

Full length saloon settee berth either side with a dropleaf varnished mahogany saloon table.

Gas fired cabin heater on forward bulkhead.

Starboard side door into the forepeak with heads to port and hanging locker to starboard.

Blakes manual sea toilet discharges directly overboard.

Masses of storage space forward plus an anchor locker.



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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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