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Sold – 34ft HOLMAN BERMUDIAN KETCH , built 1966 to Lloyds 100A1 for Sir Eric Drake – Lying: River Hamble



Boat Details

Overall Length: 34ft 2ins
Waterline: 27ft 6ins
Beam: 10ft 6ins
Draught: 5ft
Displacement: 14 T M
Engine: 35hp Beta Diesel
Berths: Five/Six Berths
Sail: 683 sq.ft
Designer: Kim Holman
Builder: Deacon Boat Yard, Bursledon
Year Built: 1966
Location: River Hamble


Kim Holman needs no introduction as one of the UK’s most successful yacht designers of the mid 20th Century. Of Kim’s 70 designs most notable are the Stella and Twister together with the Sovereign Class.

SHIMRAN was a special commission for Sir Eric Drake CBE (1910-1996), chairman of British Petroleum. Sir Eric, from The Old Rectory, Alresford, Hampshire required a quality cruising yacht for use on the South Coast and as a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron and Royal Cruising Club for taking part in club events. SHIMRAN was built by Deacon’s of Bursledon and launched in June 1966, classed Lloyds 100A1. In 1985 Sir Eric’s son J A C Drake of Hoopers Farm, Stockbridge became a joint owner, SHIMRAN was then stationed in Falmouth. The current owner purchased the yacht in 2003 from the Drake family and has sailed from a Hamble River mooring these past fifteen years, laying-up SHIMRAN under cover during the winter. A good maintenance schedule has been maintained and SHIMRAN is excellent order throughout, the interior of the hull still varnished as original.

Carvel Teak hull to the waterline, Iroko planked above, all splined from new, copper nail and rove fastened to generous steam bent oak timbers. Oak centreline. Sheathed marine-ply decks, recently replaced and recent laminated bulwarks. Raked stem, long sweeping sheer, full ballast keel, raked transom.

Original spacious accommodation with Teak and Mahogany joinery in a light and unfussy interior.

Fore cabin with sail bin to port, single berth to starboard, chain locker, forehatch, access to Heads Compartment to starboard with marine wc.
Saloon with settee berths port and starboard, galley to the port corner, sliding door to: Companionway, quarter berths to port and starboard, central access to engine and steps up to the cockpit.

Bermudian Ketch Rig – sets 683 sq.ft plain sail, deck stepped main and bridge deck stepped mizzen.

Three Jibs,
Main Sail,
Mizzen Staysail,
New Storm Tri-Sail,
Storm Jib.

35hp Beta Diesel Engine fitted new 2004 with new propeller and shaft. Three batteries.


A top quality cruising yacht built and maintained to the highest standard throughout by a dedicated and knowledgeable owner. Uncomplicated and with a proven ocean-going ability with easily driven lines and capable of 7 knots plus with little effort. Viewing recommended as on the market for only the second time in 52 years.

GUIDE: Sold – February 2019

LYING: Northam – ashore undercover 6th December 2018 for the Winter