Holman Sterling 28ft for sale

Lefkas, Greece

£15,990 GBP

Holman Sterling 28ft
General information
Holman Sterling 28ft
Used sail boat for sale
£15,990 GBP
Length overall
8.53 metres
2.59 metres
1.45 metres
Lefkas, Greece

About this Holman Sterling 28ft



One of only 19 boats of its type designed by Kim Holman “Westerling” offers a chance to own a slice of classic yachting history. She has been lovingly cared for and maintained by her current owners and now needs an enthusiastic new owner to look after her for many years to come.

Owners comments:

Designed by Kim Holman (well known for many excellent designs including the Twister) it is said that he never designed anything other than a pretty boat and Westering stands testament to that. Kim’s brother built her in his yard, Uppams, at Brixham in 1961 for, no less than, Rear Admiral Hubert Harrison CBE DSC. Sadly, we believe he passed away just a year later, and Westerling found a new owner who kept her until 1970. With just 6 owners in her 60 year life she has clearly been well loved and has an interesting history.

in 1981 she was lucky enough to be sold to an adventurous man who sailed her to the Mediterranean, where she has lived since, crossing Biscay for what was the first time in her life to cruise around Spain, Italy, Yugoslavia, Greece and Turkey. She subsequently sailed back and forth across Biscay at least 4 more times whenever he had a desire to revisit the UK - racking up over 60,000 nautical miles in his ownership.

His job as lead engineer for one of the very first charter yacht operations in the 80s led to Westerling’s daily workout escorting those lucky holiday sailers around the Greek Ionian islands. We are sure she could tell many exciting stories from these times but ours began in 2011 when we moved to the Ionian and fell in love with this pretty looking boat which had just become a bit neglected.

Westerling opened a new chapter of our lives and one which I thought I would forever be a part, but a new project beckons and we feel that after exactly 10 years of ownership this 60 year old boat needs passing on to someone else to continue to have the fun. It’s true it would suit a practical person but we have always felt that she is not a showpiece but there to be used as she has been her whole life.

Having sat for too long in a Greek boatyard we set out making her structurally sound. We made and laminated 28 new oak ribs, recaulked alot of her hull, remade the transom, removed all of the cabin and decks and replaced the cabin deck beams, replaced all of the roof and deck and epoxy sealed the lot.

In subsequent years we replaced the keel bolts, engine, running and standing rigging, water tank, rudder, tiller, fuel tank, rechromed the port holes, renewed the upholstery, sail and boom cover and fitted an electric windlass. Much time has been spent refastening her pitch pine planks which are all original with the correct silicon bronze screws.

We had a new mainsail and no.2 jib made by Arun Sails, bought a good used No.1 and have a cruising chute. All of which helped us turn many heads when Westerling started picking up wins in the local sailing events we entered in the Ionian. At 5 tons she is not light, she has a 2 ton keel, but with such excellent design she surprises many modern boat owners.

We believe she is one of the most original Sterling 28s still existent with Kim Holman's trade mark folding table, her bronze Lewmar winches and wooden boom. She featured in Practical Boat Owner in 1996 in the article on Med Sailing and we still continue the tradition of that picture by using a cream coloured umbrella in the cockpit to shade from the Greek sun.


LOA: 8.53m

Beam: 2.59m

Max Draft 1.45m


Builder: Uppams

Year Built 1961

Designer: Kim Holman

All keel bolts replaced on a rolling program since 2015

Original Blakes seacocks


Engine Brand: Yanmar 2GM

Engine HP: 18hp

Shaft Drive

Approx 300hrs estimated


Diesel- 35 L

Water- 80L


Solar panels x2

2x 100ah batteries ( 1 requires replacement )

12v socket for charging mobiles etc

Sails and Rig

Stainless standing rigging new 2012

Twin forestays for hanked on jibs and fast sail change

Aluminium mast with wooden boom

Main sail

No1 & No2 jibs

Cruising chute

Deck Equipment

Electric windlass with foot switch and switch in cockpit

Main anchor Rocna Vulcan 12kg with 40m chain & approx 40m rope

Swim ladder

Deck shower

Guard rails replaced 2018

New rudder & tiller 2020

Cockpit coamings and cleats replaced 2020

Gas locker with external drain

Bronze Lewmar winches

Navigation Equipment

Simrad VHF with DSC

Raymarine ST2000+ Autopilot

NASA speed & depth

NASA wind ( not working )

Raymarine Dragonfly 5 Plotter


1x double berth forward

2 single berths in the saloon

1 single berth aft

2 burner gas cooker

Cool box not electric plus extra insulation


Full boom tent to protect varnish

Sail bag

Sun umbrella in cockpit



2x fire extinguishers

Fire blanket

Life raft ( requires service )

Flares ( in date )

1 manual bilge pump

2 electric bilge pumps New 2020


Tender inflatable in good condition 3 years old

Read more

1 x Yanmar
Engine hours
Fuel capacity
30 litres
Number of cabins
Number of berths

CREO Yacht Brokers Ltd take the upmost care to document and photgraph each boat accurately however the above description should be used as a guide only and we make no guarantees of its accuracy. Potential buyers should make their own inspections and we strongly suggest engaging a professional surveyor/engineer to help with this. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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