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Kim Holman Stella

(REF: 22690)


  • Designer: Kim Holman
  • Builder: Tucker Brown
  • Year: 1968
  • Location: Suffolk
  • Length on deck: 26'
  • Beam: 7'6"
  • Draft: 4'

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Designed by Kim Holman and built by Tucker Brown of Burnham-on-Crouch in 1968.

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 capable and easily handled pocket cruiser racers.

This yacht has undergone a period of meticulous maintenance over the last 10 years in present ownership with new keel bolts, complete re-wire, strip and re-paint of the interior and exterior hull, new deck sheathing and a new boom.

She is a well equipped and very well presented example, in absolutely ready to sail condition.  She has been subtly optimised for racing but still retains many of her original features.

$ berths, including 2 pipe cot berths in the forepeak make her ideal for cost effective family cruising and racing.  The Stella is just light enough to go on a trailer and be towed on the road giving flexibility on winter storage and generally helping to reduce running costs.


Length on deck                 26’

Length waterline              20’

Beam                                    7’6”

Draft                                      4’

Thames Tonnage




Clinker planked in mahogany, copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

Oak floors across the centreline.

External iron ballast keel with galvanised keel bolts, new in 2013.  Keel removed and re-bedded

Marine plywood decks sheathed externally in epoxy glass cloth.  Varnished mahogany toe rails and rubbing strakes.  Deck sheathing new in 2014.

Stainless stanchions set inboard with stainless pulpit and pushpit.

Bronze fairleads and stainless stem head fitting.

Varnished mahogany coachroof coamings with stainless framed windows.  Sheathed plywood coachroof deck with varnished mahogany grab rails and sliding entrance hatch.

Non-self draining cockpit with thwarts either side.  Deep lockers under each thwart.

Transom hung rudder on stainless steel hangings, all new in 2018.




Fractional bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped glued wooden mast and slab reefing wooden boom.  New boom in 2015.

Z-Spars alloy spinnaker pole and rod kicker.

Stainless steel standing rigging, approximately 10 years old, to internal galvanised chain plates.

Jumper struts to support the top section of the mast.  Single spreaders with a lower shroud and intermediate shroud.  Adjustable standing backstay.  Forestay to stem head takes hanked on headsails.

Anderson 18 Self tailing cockpit sheet winches.  Lewmar 8 non self-tailing halyard winches on coachroof.  Jammers on the coachroof.

Easymatic mainsheet system with Lewmar traveller.


Mainsail – Gowen (good)

Mainsail – Parker & Kay (serviceable)

Genoa – Gowen (good)

Radial cut genoa – Gowen (old)

Working Jib – Gowen (good)

Spinnaker – Gowen (good)

Wire luff storm jib (old but serviceable)

Various other sails available on request




Renault Couach RC8D single cylinder 8hp diesel engine.

Top end rebuild approximately 2 years ago, new stainless exhaust elbow July 2021

3:1 reduction gearbox to a centreline fixed 2 blade 14” propeller.

Salt water cooled engine with a wet exhaust.

Electric start with 28 amp alternator for battery charging.

2 x 12 volt batteries, 70ah stat and 85ah domestic.

Twin solar panels on aft deck.

15 litre stainless steel fuel tank.

50 litre flexible water tank.

2 x auto electric bilge pumps and 1 manual bilge pump.




Standard Stella layout with 4 berths, including 2 settee berths and 2 brand new pipe cot berths in the forepeak.

Steps down with galley to port.  Galley has a gimballed Origo 2 burner spirit stove and deep stainless sink with manually pumped fresh water.

Small chart desksits over aft end of starboard side settee,

2 full length settee berths.

Centreline passge going forward into forepeak.  Jabsco sea toilet on starboard side discharges directly overboard.

2 brand new stainless framed pipe cot berths in the forepeak stow against the hull when not in use and fold down to provide comfortable berths.  Forehatch over.




Sylva Bulkhead Steering compass

Lowrance HDS Gen2 Touch Chart Plotter

Sylva S10 DSC VHF Radio

Nexus Sea Data Depth and Speed


Boarding ladder


Various warps

Boat hook

Red ensign and staff

Various loose blocks, sheets/guys

Misc. loose gear, spares and equipment

Diesel and water jerry cans

Coach roof weather covers

Boom/mainsail cover

Tiller cover


2 auto electric bilge pumps, Rule 500GPH

1 manual Whale Gusher bilge pump in cockpit

LED masthead tricolour/anchor light

Deck level navigation lights

LED interior lighting

2 x 12 volt batteries

Jabsco sea toilet

Origo 2 burner spirit stove


7.5kg Lewmar plough anchor

8m of 10mm chain spliced to 30m of 14mm octoplait warp.

3kg Delta anchor with short chain and 20m warp






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.