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Kim Holman Stella 26 Sloop

(REF: 28181)


  • Designer: Kim Holman
  • Builder: Tucker Brown
  • Year: 1965
  • Location: Hants
  • Length on deck: 26'
  • Beam: 7'6"
  • Draft: 4'
  • Tonnage: 6TM

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Designed by Kim Holman and built by Tucker Brown of Burnham-on-Crouch in 1965.

The Stella was a very popular design, derived from the Folkboat but slightly bigger all round with more volume and a bigger rig.  To this day there is still an active fleet racing on the east coast and they have proven themselves as fast, capable and easily handled pocket cruiser racers.

This yacht was owned previously by a skilled individual who undertook some major refit work carried out including dropping the ballast keel and fitting new throat bolts and keel bolts in 2013, Epoxy sheathed plywood deck in 2017, new rigging and recent sails.  Brought to the south coast by the current owner, she has been used for local cruising and evening racing, maintained to a good standard and is currently looking smart and in regular use.

She has 4 good berths by virtue of the comfortable pipecot berths in the forepeak.  The cockpit is spacious and comfortable, far bigger than might be expected in a 26’ yacht.  These boats really are wonderful boats to sail and have a surprising turn of speed that make them en enjoyable class to race amongst.


Length on deck                 26’

Length waterline              20’

Beam                                    7’6”

Draft                                      4’

Thames Tonnage             6TM


  • Clinker planked in 5/8” mahogany all copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.  Timbers are 1.25” x 12 at 8” centres.  Hull refastened below the waterline in 2002.
  • Grown oak floors across the centreline with galvanised throat bolts through the keel.  Throat bolts new in 2013.
  • External iron ballast keel fastened with stainless steel keel bolts, new in 2013.  The whole ballast keel was dropped and rebedded in 2013.
  • Marine plywood decks sheathed in epoxy glass cloth and finished with grey non-slip deck paint.  Varnished mahogany toe rails and rubbing strakes all round.  Epoxy sheathing new in 2017.
  • Stainless steel stanchions and guard wires to a stainless pulpit and pushpit.  Bronze fairleads, stem head fitting, dorade vent and other fittings.
  • Coachroof with varnished mahogany coamings and a sheathed plywood coachroof deck.  Mahogany grab rails, forehatch and sliding companion hatch on the coachroof.
  • Large non-self draining cockpit with a thwart locker either side and varnished mahogany coamings.
  • Tiller steering with a transom hung rudder.


  • Fractional Bermudan sloop rig on a deck stepped hollow spruce mast.
  • Varnished spruce slab reefing boom.
  • Stainless steel standing rigging to internal stainless steel chain plates.
  • Single lower shrouds, single intermediate shrouds and jumper struts above to support the mast head.  Single forestay and single split backstay.
  • Lowers, caps and forestay new in 2016, jumpers new in 2012 and backstays new in 2011.
  • Good condition sails including 2 x mainsail, 2 x jibs and 2 x spinnakers.
  • Pair of bronze self tailing Lewmar 16 cockpit sheet winches.


  • Yanmar 1GM10 single cylinder diesel installed new in 2004
  • Centreline fixed 2 blade bronze propeller.
  • Plastic fuel tank in the port cockpit locker.
  • Single 12 volt battery charged by the engine alternator.
  • 1 x whale manual bilge pump and 1 auto electric bilge pump.


  • 4 single berths including 2 settee berths and 2 pipecot berths in the forepeak.
  • 5’6” headroom in the saloon.
  • Step down from the cockpit into the main cabin.
  • There is a saloon settee berth either side with ample sitting headroom.
  • At the aft end on the port side is a galley area which has a plastic sink set into the work top.  Water is manually pumped from a plastic jerry can.
  • To starboard is an original mahogany locker with a small chart desk.
  • Central doorway through the forward bulkhead into the forepeak.  There are 2 pipecot berths in the forpeak with a chemical toilet between on the centreline.


  • Sestrel steering compass
  • Handheld VHF radio
  • Garmin 451 chartplotter
  • Wireless wind indicator
  • Depth sounder
  • Clock and barometer


  • 5 x life jackets
  • Lifebuoy
  • Electronic flare
  • MOB rescue sling
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Spare fuel can


  • 25lb CQR anchor with 120’ of 8mm chain + 80’ of warp
  • 15lb CQR kedge anchor
  • Warps
  • Fenders


  • Bunk and berth cushions
  • Chemical toilet
  • Solar panel


  • Cruising mainsail from dolphin Sails, 2003.  Good condition
  • Racing mainsail from Dolphin Sails, 2014.  Good condition
  • No.1 jib from Dolphin Sails, 2012.  Good condition
  • No.2 jib from Gowen Sails.  Fair condition
  • Spinnaker from One Sails, 2016.  Excellent condition
  • Spinnaker from Gowen Sails, 1986.  Fair condition.
  • Lewmar 16 self tailing bronze winches
  • Varnished spinnaker pole
  • Bronze jib sheet tracks and cars
  • Mainsail cover

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