Sterling 28 Holman, classic wooden

Location: Mersea Island, Essex
Design: Kim Holman

Built: Uphams of Brixham
Year: 1963
Condition: Good, well maintained, refitted,  standing ashore
Category: Sail
Class: Antique and Classics
Keel Type: Full Keel


Classic yacht lines from the renowned naval architect and designer Kim Holman.
She carries her own provenance of a Sterling 28, she has good sea keeping qualities,

comfortable in the seaways. Sails are just 6 seasons old and have only been very lightly use.
Last survey conducted in 2011.  Her cabin has a remarkable feeling of space for such a small

yacht offers good headroom, viable heads and galley.  A  separate fore cabin.

Her cockpit is deep aft and safe, sheltered with an  spray hood and canvas dodgers. Her wide side decks can be safely negotiated at sea.

Viewing recommended.


Length Of Deck: 8.53 m –  26ft
Length At Water Line: 7.77 m

Beam: 2.59 m  –  8ft 6ins
Draft: 1.37 m
Air Draft: 10.97 m
Max Draft: 1.37 m  4ft 6ins



Fuel Tank Capacity: 80 gallons
Water Tank Capacity: 20 gallons
Cruising Speed: 5 knots
Engine Power: 35hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 5
Cabins: 2
Heads: 1
Passenger Capacity: 4


Builder: Uphams of Brixham
Designer: Kim Holman, Holman and Pye
Boat Name: Gay Gannet


Hull Material: Wood, mahogany above waterline, larch under water. A professional  paint finish to topsides and re – antifouled.

Hull Design: Displacement
Hull Speed: 7: knots


Engine Model: Perkins
Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Description:  Perkins Perama 3 cylinder diesel engine
Shaft driven on the centre line with a triple bladed propeller.
Hurth single lever control gear box. Max speed 6.5knots.
Shaft driven


Carvel planked. Deep open aft self draining cockpit. A large proportion of the cockpit has been rebuilt.
Last survey 2011. Recently spent a season in the boatshed being repainted and re varnished. She has now been out of the water some time and will require taking up again…
lead trimming ballast.



Good headroom 5ft 10ins.  All berths over 6ft in length.
Pilot berth, two opposing settee berths with trotter boxes.
A fore cabin with a V berth / converts to a double.
Blakes Marine toilet and wash basin in the heads compartment.
galley with double burner, grill and cooker. Stainless steel wash basin, manual pump. Cold water only.
Fixed centre line dining table, top folds over.
Vinyl upholstered coverings on the saloon berths, Cotton drill fabric in the fore peak.
Full length door closes off “the heads.”
Fore hatch in the fore peak.


CQR anchor with 20 of chain and 20m warp.
Mooring warps and fenders
boarding ladders
boat hook
pair of oars


All by Kemp’s, 6 years old, in excellent condition. lightly used.
Main sail cover and spray hood ( dark blue canvas,  needs replacing) , fore hatch canvas cover. Canvas dodgers
Alloy deck stepped mast and boom.
Alloy spinnaker pole

Navigation Equipment:

Echo sounder and log, new transducer  fitted 2021
Garmin GPS
VHF, new VHF aerial

Mast is presently un-stepped, it has  been rewired “in mast” with new deck connectors. April  2021.

Safety Equipment:

Horseshoe lifebuoy
Spray hood
Avon dinghy with oars.
Bilge gas alarm fitted
Stanchions, guard wires.