Sailing yachts

Kim Holman Sterling Sloop

(REF: 18163)


  • Designer: Kim Holman
  • Builder: Uphams of Brixham
  • Year: 1968
  • Location: Kent
  • Length on deck: 28'6"
  • Beam: 8'6"
  • Draft: 4'8"
  • Tonnage: 7TM

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Wooden Ships Comments Kim Holman Sterling Sloop

28’ bermudan sloop designed by Kim Holman and built by JW and A Upham of Brixham in 1968.

The Sterling was another of Kim Holmans great designs and is often thought of as the cruising version of the Twister.  The same length but with more beam, a fuller bilge and more depth in hold, she is a much more spacious boat below decks, and although not quite as fast as the Twister, she will hold her own and will keep her crew safe and comfortable on a passage.

Sold by Wooden Ships to the present owner in 2017, she had a lot of professional refit work carried out between 2017 and 2018 with Alan Staley in Faversham which included the following work:

  • Rebuilt cockpit
  • Switch board replaced and boat re-wired
  • Carlin replaced


Out of water shipwright inspection carried out and the following list of work was done between 2021-2022:

  • New main hatch
  • Rudder pintles replaced
  • Bulkhead chartplotter installed
  • Repair to transom
  • Hull repainted professionally
  • Port genoa track re-screwed
  • Engine serviced
  • NASA clipper wireless wind indicator installed

A solid, tidy boat and a really good example of the design which has had a lot of work carried out in the last few years.  Full documentation of her history including lots of past surveys, original plans and many receipts.  2017 survey available accompanied by a detailed list of the work done after that inspection.


Length on Deck                 28’6″

Length Waterline              22’2″

Beam                                   8’6″

Draft                                    4’6″

Thames Tonnage              7TM


  • Planked in Iroko below the waterline, mahogany above, all copper fastened to steam bent Canadian Rock Elm timbers.
  • Mix of grown oak floors and galvanise straps.  Galvanised steel strap floors, shot blasted and re-galvanised then replaced with new bolts in 1993.
  • External Iron ballast keel with forged iron keel bolts.  Last drawn and checked in 2005, these were replaced after being hot dipped in pitch for protection.
  • Marine plywood deck sheathed with cascover and finished in deck paint.  Varnished mahogany toe rail all round with stanchions set on bronze bases bolted through the deck just inboard of the toe rail.
  • Self draining cockpit in the usual Sterling style, spacious and ergonomic with thwarts either side and lockers below.  New cockpit drain seacocks in 2013.  Cockpit recently rebuilt.
  • Teak coachroof coamings with bronze portholes finished with Deks Olje.  Marine plywood coachroof deck sheathed in cascover.  Forehatch on the coachroof deck with teak handrails and dorade vents.


Masthead bermudan sloop on a deck stepped Sparlight alloy mast.  Sparlight alloy slab reefing boom.

Stainless steel standing rigging with swaged terminals to bronze rigging screws to internal stainless chain plates.  Twin lowers and a single cap shroud over single spreaders.  Split standing back stay.  Forestay with roller furling system.

Majority of running rigging replaced in last 3 years.

Forestay new in 2021.  All other rigging checked in 2022 and declared in good order.



Fully battened mainsail 207sqft.  2002, good condition

Roller furling genoa by Wilkinson Sails, new in 2022

Cruising Chute

Spinnaker with carbon fibre spinnaker pole, new 2022

Lazy jack stowing system, repaired 2022.



2 x Lewmar halyard winches

2 x bronze Lewmar single action sheet winches


Lombardini 602M 18hp 2cyl diesel, installed new in 1997.

New exhaust system in 2020

Single lever controls with a Technodrive TMC30 gearbox with stainless shaft to a Featherstream folding bronze propeller, new in 2018.

1.25l/hr at cruising speed.



40 litre plastic fuel tank, new in 2018.

20 gallon water tank under the saloon cabin sole.



2 x 110ah 12 volt batteries under the cockpit sole, batteries new in 2018.  Charged from engine alternator or through a Sterling 240v charger when connected to shore power.  Shore power installation all new in 2018.

Solar panel charging.


4 berths in total with 6’+ headroom.

Standard Sterling layout with galley and chart area in the aft corners of the saloon.  2 saloon settee berths with shelving behind and storage under.  Trotter boxes for both settee berths.

Centreline passageway going forward with a heads compartment to port.

Forepeak with twin V-berths with an infill section and storage below.



In aft starboard corner with a Plastimo Pacific 4500 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill.  New in 2022.  Stainless steel galley sink with salt and fresh water taps, drains directly overboard.  Gas bottle locker and all gas system replaced in 2018.  New gas certificate 2022.



Separate heads compartment with Jabsco manual sea toilet, new in 2018, pumps directly overboard.  Stainless hand basin opposite the heads with manually pumped fresh water.


7 inch chart plotter (bulkhead mounted) (2018)

NASA clipper wireless wind indicator (2022)


Sestrel compass

Phillips radio

Autohelm tiller pilot




4 man Plastimo Cruiser (insulated floor) liferaft (2021)

Two lifebuoys, one with light


25lb CQR anchor with 20 fathoms of chain

Fishermans kedge anchor

Simpson Lawrence manual windlass


Mooring warps


Lombardini 602M 9hp engine

Featherstream propeller, new 2018

40 litre fuel tank, new 2018

Calorifier tank for hot water, new 2018

Almost complete rewiring in 2018

Two 12V batteries (2018)

Shore cable and connector

Solar panel and regulator

12v and 240v sockets

2 x 12 volt 110ah batteries, new in 2018

Tricolour, steaming lights, deck lights


Bunk and berth cushions

Plastimo Pacific 4500 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill.  New in 2022

Jabsco sea toilet, new in 2018

20 gallon water tank

Red cabin night lights


Fully battened mainsail 207sqft.  2002, good condition

Roller furling genoa by Wilkinson Sails, new in 2022

Cruising Chute

Spinnaker, new 2022

carbon fibre spinnaler pole, new 2022

2 x Lewmar halyard winches

2 x bronze Lewmar single action sheet winches

Winch handles


Boat hook

Winter cover


Cockpit cover

Many spares and tools

Wooden Ships classic yachts brokers have an extensive database of boats for sale. With a wide range of sailboats, classic yachts, motor yachts and small classic boats, Wooden Ships has one of the largest selections of traditional wooden boats and yachts for sale in the UK.


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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