Sailing yachts

Kim Holman Twister Sloop

(REF: 28755)


  • Designer: Kim Holman
  • Builder: JW & A Upham Ltd of Brixham
  • Year: 1968
  • Location: Devon
  • Length on deck: 27'8"
  • Beam: 8'1"
  • Draft: 5'3"

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Kim Holman Twister Sloop

Twister 28 designed by Kim Holman and built by JW & A Upham Ltd of Brixham in 1968.

The Twister is one of Holmans iconic designs and has been proven time and again as a fast and capable cruising boat.  The design was so successful that production switched to using GRP and many examples were built as either full GRP or composite construction.

This boat has had plenty of work done in recent years with a completely rebuilt engine in 2022, recent rigging and sails as well as history of keel bolts and strap floors.

2022 survey available.

Reduced to a very attractive price as the owner has found his next boat and simply want to move her on.


Length on Deck                 27’8”

Length Waterline             21’

Beam                                    8’1”

Draft                                      5’4”


  • Carvel planked in mahogany above the waterline, larch below.
  • All copper rivet fastened to steam bent oak timbers.
  • Cast iron ballast keel with mild steel keel bolts.
  • Floors are either sawn timber or galvanised steel.  Floors in forecabin have been re-galvanised and replaced with stainless steel bolts in 2017.
  • Marine plywood deck sheathed in epoxy glass cloth and finished with non-slip paint.  Varnished mahogany toe rail all round.
  • Varnished mahogany coachroof coamings with a sheathed plywood coachroof deck.  Varnished mahogany hand rails and forehatch.
  • Self draining cockpit with a painted plywood sole and varnished teak thwarts.
  • Transom hung rudder with galvanised rudder hangings.


  • Bermudan sloop rig on a deck stepped alloy mast.  Mast is stepped in a galvanised tabernacle on the coachroof.
  • Alloy slab reefing boom.  Mainsheet makes off to a stainless horse across the aft deck.
  • Stainless steel standing rigging new in 2018 to internal chain plates.  2 chain plates renewed in 2010 in stainless steel, the others are original galvanised.
  • Plastimo 609s roller furling headsail system.
  • 2 x Lewmar 40 self tailing cockpit sheet winches, new in 2018.
  • 3 x Lewmar 16 mast winches for halyards and reefing.
  • Mainsail (2014), genoa (2017), spinnaker and storm jib.


  • Yanmar 1GM10 9hp diesel installed new in 1990.  Engine completely stripped and rebuilt by French Marine in 2022.
  • Centreline fixed 3 blade bronze propeller gives 5 knots cruising speed.
  • 40 litre stainless steel fuel tank under the side deck aft.
  • 2 x 85ah domestic batteries and 1 x 110ah engine start battery.  All new in 2022.
  • Charging via the engine alternator, regulated solar panel or through the shore power system with a 240 volt battery charger.
  • Flexible water tank under the port side settee berth.


  • 5 berths in 2 cabins.
  • Light and airy interior with lots of nicely finished varnish work.
  • Steps down over the engine box from the companion hatch.
  • To port is the galley with a single stainless sink with pressurised water.  Plastimo Neptune 2000 2 burner gas hob with grill.
  • To starboard is the chart desk which lifts to reveal the quarter berth that stretches aft under the cockpit thwarts.
  • Half height bulkheads with grab rails built in separate off the main saloon.
  • Port and starboard settee berths both with a trotter box at the aft end.  Storage lockers behind the seat backs and shelves under the side decks.
  • Fold away saloon table stored in the forepeak when not in use.
  • Centreline passage going forward with a heads compartment to starboard.  Heads is a manual Jabsco sea toilet which discharges directly overboard.  Plastic fold out hand basin on the bulkhead.
  • Hanging locker to starboard opposite the heads.
  • Forecabin has 2 single V-berths with storage bins below.
  • Anchor locker under the forward section of the berths.


  • Plastimo steering compass
  • Raymarine ST40 sounder
  • Stowe log
  • Standard horizon GX1500E DSC VHF
  • Garmin GPS128
  • Raymarine ST 2000+ tiller pilot
  • Navigation lights


  • 2 x fire extinguishers
  • Fir blanket
  • CO detector
  • Cockpit harness points
  • Jackstays
  • Horse shoe lifebuoy
  • Radar reflector
  • Manual bilge pump
  • Auto electric bilge pump


  • 25lb CQR anchor
  • Fishermans anchor
  • Mooring warps
  • Fenders


  • Bunk and berth cishions
  • Plastimo Neptune 2000 gas stove
  • Gas bottle in sealed locker
  • Jabsco manual sea toilet
  • Pressurised hot water system
  • Removable saloon table


  • Clipper battery monitor
  • 2 x 85ah domestic batteries (2022)
  • 1 x 110ah engine start battery (2022)
  • 240 volt battery charger
  • Installed shore power system with RCD
  • Installed solar panel with MPPT charge regulator
  • Yanmar 1GM10 diesel engine, rebuilt in 2022.


  • Ensign and staff
  • Tiller extension
  • Sprayhood on stainless frame
  • Cockpit dodgers


  • Mainsail from Kemp Sails, 2014.  Good condition
  • Genoa from Jeckells Sails, 2017.  Good condition
  • Spinnaker in good condition
  • Storm Jib from East Coast Sails.  Average condition.
  • Plastimo 609s roller furling headsail system
  • 2 x Lewmar 40 self tailing cockpit sheet winches, new in 2018
  • 3 x Lewmar 16 mast winches for halyards and reefing
  • Winch handles
  • Mainsail cover

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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.