Kim Holman

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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
PUMA 24 24.61 ft / 7.50 m 1975
PUMA 26 26.25 ft / 8.00 m 1972
PUMA 34/341 33.96 ft / 10.35 m 1975
RUSTLER 31 31.42 ft / 9.58 m 1965
RUSTLER 36 35.33 ft / 10.77 m 1980
SEAMASTER SAILER 815 26.75 ft / 8.15 m 1976
SEAMASTER SAILER 925 28.25 ft / 8.61 m 1978
SOVEREIGN 35 35.00 ft / 10.67 m 1972
STELLA 26 27.75 ft / 8.46 m 1959
STERLING 28 28.00 ft / 8.53 m 1963
STRIDER 35 35.20 ft / 10.73 m 1966
SUPER SOVEREIGN 35.00 ft / 10.67 m 1969
TWISTER 28 28.25 ft / 8.61 m 1964
UFO 27 27.00 ft / 8.23 m 1975
UFO 31 30.87 ft / 9.41 m 1976
UFO 34 33.33 ft / 10.16 m 1973
VICTORIAN 27 27.42 ft / 8.36 m 1966
WAUQUIEZ 33 33.00 ft / 10.06 m 1973
WORTH 40 40.00 ft / 12.19 m 1982

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