Kim Holman

1925 - 2006


Prolific and world-renowned English designer.
Born in Cornwall he served in the Royal Navy during World War II and ultimately was given command of a minesweeper.
Upon demobilization, Holman attended Bristol University, but before graduating he joined the design firm of Jack Francis-Jones.
His first design, the 20-ft sloop, Phialle, appeared in 1955 and was a huge success on the race course.
In 1957, he designed one of his most famous boats, the 35-ft yawl 'Rummer', of which several sisters were built.
In 1964 Donald Pye joined forces with Holman, becoming a full partner in 1968. Holman went on to develop, among many others, including the 26-ft 'Nymphet' (more commonly referred to as the HOLMAN 26), the TWISTER (which Pye adapted for fiberglass construction) the Elizabethan 29 and 35, the Victorian (27), Bowman 36, Centurion and Hustler 25.5, 30 and 35.

Sailboats Designed By Kim Holman

Model LOA First Built
AMPHITRITE 43 (WAUQUIEZ) 42.75 ft / 13.03 m 1975
AMPHORA (WAUQUIEZ) 37.14 ft / 11.32 m 1976
BARBICAN 35 35.00 ft / 10.67 m 1975
BOWMAN 36 36.00 ft / 10.97 m 1970
BOWMAN 46 CORSAIR 46.00 ft / 14.02 m 1972
BOWMAN 57/58 57.00 ft / 17.37 m 1975
CENTURION 32 32.75 ft / 9.98 m 1968
CORSAIR 45 (HOMAN & PYE) 44.32 ft / 13.51 m 1973
ELIZABETHAN 29 29.00 ft / 8.84 m 1960
ELIZABETHAN 35 34.58 ft / 10.54 m 1965
GLADIATEUR 33 32.83 ft / 10.01 m 1977
HUSTLER 30 30.00 ft / 9.14 m 1970
HUSTLER 35 35.17 ft / 10.72 m 1971
LEISURE 26 26.17 ft / 7.98 m 1983
NORTH SEA 24 31.00 ft / 9.45 m 1963
OYSTER 26 26.17 ft / 7.98 m 1978
OYSTER 37 37.00 ft / 11.28 m 1978
OYSTER 37 HERITAGE 37.00 ft / 11.28 m 1984
OYSTER 406 40.49 ft / 12.34 m 1986
OYSTER 42 41.83 ft / 12.75 m 1997
OYSTER 435 43.38 ft / 13.22 m 1983
OYSTER 46 46.00 ft / 14.02 m 1982
OYSTER 485 48.50 ft / 14.78 m 1994
OYSTER 55 56.25 ft / 17.15 m 1986
OYSTER 70 70.00 ft / 21.34 m 1996


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