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Kim Holman Sterling Bermudan Sloop


One of the nicest examples of a Holman sterling built, finished to a higher spec than most of the other boats in the class with teak decks and teak interior joinery. Well maintained with lots of recent upgrades including sails, rigging and keel bolts. A fine example of this popular and capable design, ready for the summer.

Boat Details

Overall Length: 28' 9"
Waterline: 22' 6"
Beam: 8' 7"
Draught: 4' 8"
Displacement: 7 TM
Engine: Beta Marine 13.5hp
Berths: 4 Berths
Sail: Bermudan Sloop
Designer: Kim Holman
Builder: Uphams of Brixham
Year Built: 1963
Location: Hants

Kim Holman Sterling Bermudan Sloop

The Sterling, designed by Kim Holman, became one of his most popular designs and has been held in great acclaim ever since, heralded for their sailing qualities, space and comfort.  This particular boat was built by Jack Holman at his Uphams Yard, Brixham in 1963 and was one of 19 Sterlings he built.  The original owner, Mr Wilf Tarr, was a Torquay businessman and specified a particularly high quality yacht in comparison to many of the Sterlings being launched.  This meant the interior was finished to a much higher standard with lots of varnished teak rather than painted plywood, and the materials used in the hull were superior to that of the standard Sterling.

Sold by Wooden Ships on a number of occasions, she has spent time cruising extensively around the UK, northern France and Ireland and has benefitted from some very diligent owners who have updated and maintained her to a high level.  A major refit around 1996 saw a lot of refastening of hood ends and garboards, , re-galvanising of strap floors and re-fastening the oak floors.  Since then she has had a new Beta engine, new sails, rigging and keel bolts and all new covers and canvas work plus full annual maintenance.

This is probably one of the nicest examples of a Sterling that could be found and is now in commission and ready to sail.  They are ideal family boats that are easy to handle, are very safe and capable but have a decent amount of space and volume without excessive length.

Length on Deck                28’9″

Length Waterline             22’6″

Beam                                   8’7″

Draft                                    4’8″

Thames Tonnage             7TM


Recent Refit Work


New genoa

Major engine overhaul

New mild steel keel bolts

New standing rigging

New running rigging

General rig overhaul

New LED navigation lights

New domestic and start batteries.

New solar panel for battery charging

New switch panel and fuse box


New Darglow Featherstream propeller

New pulleys and raw water pump on engine

New all-over cover

Sails, sprayhood and covers valeted/serviced

Emergency tiller made


New Hawk VHF aerial

Sails valeted and repaired as necessary

New lee cloths for bunks

New dodgers


Sail and cover cleaning and repairs


Strip all brightwork to bare wood and finish with 4 coats of International Woodskin

Paint the coachroof deck and hatch surround

Rudder removed, repaired and re-painted by Clare Lallows

New Hawk VHF aerial

New autopilot plug

New Whale Supersub Smart 650 auto bilge pump

Some interior paint and varnish

Painted topsides

Stanchion bases re-fastened

New fresh water pump and taps

Blakes sea toilet serviced

Sail valeting



Planked in Pitch Pine below the water line, Lagos mahogany above, all copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers.

Grown oak floors with a few galvanised straps under the water tank in the saloon.  Oak and Iroko backbone.

Cast iron ballast keel with 7/8” mild steel keel bolts.  Bolts all new in 2018.

Straight laid teak deck on a plywood subdeck.  The teak is glued to the ply and seams payed with Sikaflex.  Varnished teak king plank, covering boards and toe rails.

Varnished teak coamings with oval bronze windows.  Sheathed plywood coachroof deck with a varnished capping around the edge.

Self draining cockpit with scrubbed teak thwarts.  Lockers beneath the thwarts each side.

Varnished teak companion doors and sliding hatch covered by a sprayhood.



Masthead bermudan sloop rig on a deck stepped Sparlight aluminium mast.

Varnished spruce roller reefing boom

Stainless steel standing rigging new in 2018.  Single spreaders with twin lowers, cap shroud, twin standing backstays and a Furlex roller furling headsail.

Mainsail (2007), Genoa (2018), cruising chute (2010).  Sail covers, hatch covers, spray hood and cockpit cover all new in 2013.  Assorted other sails.

2 pairs of non-self tailing cockpit sheet winches

Single non-self tailing halyard winch on the coachroof.



Beta Marine 13.5hp twin cylinder fresh water cooled diesel installed new in 2004.

Professionally maintained with a major overhaul in 2018, new pulleys and raw water pump in 2019.

Stainless shaft to a centreline Darglow feathering 3 blade propeller, new in 2019.

New exhaust and fuel tank installed 2013.

2 x 12 volt batteries, both new in 2018.  Solar panel charging.

Stainless fuel tank in starboard cockpit locker.

Stainless steel 20 gallon water tank under the saloon cabin sole.



4 berths in a particularly nice interior.

6′ headroom throughout the main cabin.

The original owner specified a high standard of finish which sets her apart from most other Sterlings.  Varnished teak trim with smart red upholstery and scrubbed teak sole boards.

Steps down over the varnished engine box with galley to starboard and chart desk to port.

Galley has a gimballed 2 burner gas stove with oven and grill.  Single stainless sink with manually pumped fresh water from a bronze Patay pump.  Lockers behind are specifically designed for stowing crockery.

Chart desk made of varnished Maple with lots of storage and locker space around.  Navigation instruments on the bulkhead above.

Half height bulkheads into the saloon with port and starboard settee berths.  Fold down backs to access large lockers, shelves and storage above under the deck head.  Scrubbed teak cabin sole with varnished surrounds.  Saloon table which can be removed when at sea and doubles as a cockpit table.

Centreline passageway with heads to port where the door closes of the saloon cabin.  Baby Blake sea toilet discharges directly overboard.  Stainless hand basin to starboard with manually pumped fresh water.

Fore peak has twin V-berths with forehatch above and a huge storage volume under.  Bulkhead with a small door into the chain locker.



Large display Conquest porthole compass above sliding hatch

Brookes & Gatehouse sounder with cockpit repeater

ICOM DSC VHF radio with integrated AIS

Simrad tiller pilot

Wind gauge

Clock and barometer




Horse shoe life buoy

Perry buoy

Man overboard ladder

MOB sling

2 x manual bilge pump

Automatic electric bilge pump

Radar reflector


2 x safety lines


Halon fire extinguisher in engine compartment

2 x powder fire extinguishers

Fire blanket

Anchor ball

Air horn


Auto electric bilge pump

Manual bilge pump


Sails, Canvas and Rigging

Mainsail, new Scanes (2007) with royal blue cover (2013) and spare red cover

Genoa on Furlex (2004).  New sacrificial strip (2010)

Cruising chute (2010)

Hanked genoa and jib

2 x sprayhood, royal blue (2013)

2 x cockpit cover, royal blue (2013)

2 x tiller cover, royal blue (2013)

Cockpit dodgers

Wooden spinnaker pole

2 pairs of non-self tailing cockpit sheet winches

Single non-self tailing halyard winch on the coachroof.


Ground Tackle and Mooring

35lb plough anchor

20lb plough anchor

30 mtrs 5/16” chain

Simpson Lawrence manual windlass

Warps, fenders and mooring strops



Bunk and berth cushions

LED interior lighting


Plastimo 2 burner and oven gas cooker (2005)

Dining table for saloon or cockpit

Cockpit cushions



Mahogany cockpit gratings

Wooden boat hook

Extendable boat hook


Mahogany boarding ladder

Folding Plastimo bathing ladder

Ensign & staff

Inflatable dinghy with stowage case

Mercury outboard







These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Classic Yacht Brokerage 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.