This Holman 42 is a Classic Racer Sloop and was built to Lloyds 100A1
Teak & Mahogany planking on Rock Elm frames.
She is a beautifully maintained Classic yacht.
Part 1 UK registered & built to Lloyds 100A1.
Mabel is an exceptionally fine yacht designed by one of England’s best marine architects of the day and built to Lloyds 100A1 by one of the country’s best wooden boatbuilders at a time when they were producing some of the finest workmanship in wooden yacht building.
Mabel is the third of three yachts built to Kim Holman’s design number 65. Kim Holman was an outstandingly gifted British yacht designer of the 1960’s with a good number of highly successful designs to his name. His career was unfortunately cut short by personal circumstances; if it had not been, there can be little doubt that he would have gained wider international acclaim alongside the world’s greatest post-war yacht designers.
Mabel was bought by her current owner in 2005 and between 2006 and 2008 Mabel underwent a major restoration in Devon to put her back into top class condition. The restoration work was carried out by one of (some will say the best) shipwright in SW England working with the owner who is also a qualified boatbuilder. She has since been meticulously maintained by her owner and is offered in outstanding structural and cosmetic condition.
In these details all work carried out in the 2006-8 refit and since is in italics
Planked in 1” Burmese Teak below the waterline and Honduras Mahogany above all copper fastened below the waterline with bronze screwed topsides to 2” x 1 ½” Canadian Rock Elm steam bent timbers at 8” centres, reduced to 6” centres in way of the mast.
Laminated mahogany stem, mahogany stern post and horn timber. Iroko keel.
12 x 7/8” stainless steel keel bolts, new in 1999 and drawn and checked 2006.
Bronze strap floors in the fore cabin, the lazarette and midships in way of the fresh water tank.
Massive grown oak and cast bronze floors in way of the mast and oak floors in way of the stern gear.
Bottom plank seams caulked and payed with red lead. 2006-8: Bottom planking stripped to bare wood, caulking cotton hardened up and seams repayed in red lead putty. 2015-16: Taken back to bare wood again, seams faired, 5 coats Epifanes underwater primer applied before antifouling.
2006-8: Topsides seams all re-splined and topsides planking refastened with silicon bronze screws (2 additional screws on each timber and frame). 2015-16: Topsides spray painted with Epifanes monourethane paint.
Iroko rudder blade on bronze hangings with bronze stock in bronze tube.
Complete New deck in 2006 laid in 15mm best quality marine ply sub-deck with 10mm teak planking over, deck carefully laid with close butted planks running the full length of the deck, joggled to a king plank and glued to the ply with epoxy resin with no fastenings . Seams payed in Saba deck caulking compound.
The teak coverboards and toe rails were removed and refaced with 4mm teak and varnished. New teak capping rails and taff rail all round.
While the deck was off, all the deck beams below it (all found to be in excellent condition) were cleaned off, prepared and primed together with the underside of the ply, all being fully painted once the new deck was laid. The result is an ‘as-new’ deck and deckhead below.
Stainless steel pulpit, pushpit (both new 2006-8) and stanchions posts (new 2006-8) with twin guard wires (renewed 2016). Gate each side.
Varnished teak seat across the pushpit.
Stainless steel granny bars round the mast.
Oak Sampson post (new 2006-8) on foredeck.
Twin roller polished stainless steel stemhead fitting (refurbished and modified 2006-8).
Recessed fair leads in the toe rail forward, cowl vent at the stem and stern to ventilate the ends of the boat when not at sea, and twin mooring cleats on fore deck.
Twin mooring cleats on the aft deck. Fairleads on the taff rail with ensign staff socket.
All deck fittings rechromed 2006-8.
Wide, clear side decks allow safe unhindered passage around the deck.
The Coach-roof with varnished teak coamings raised to form a dog-house and continued aft as the cock-pit coamings.
Cascover sheathed and painted ply coach-roof top rolled round the edge to meet the varnished coamings.
Pairs of laminated hanging knees under the deck forward and aft, varnished as features.
Varnished grab rails both sides on coach-roof and dog-house roofs.
Chrome framed fixed oval lights each side in coach-roof and dog-house coamings.
Forehatch on the coach-roof forward of the mast with varnished teak coamings and new (2006-8) acrylic lid set into original teak frame. New Lewmar locking handles.(Owner states this hatch has never leaked, even in heavy weather).
Small Lewmar hatch over heads just forward of the mast. ( new 2006-8)
Large Lewmar hatch over centre of saloon aft of the mast.(new 2006-8)
Pair of chromed vents (new 2006-8) on varnished teak Dorade boxes.
All giving good light and ventilation below - especially in warm climates.
Varnished teak sliding hatch to the main companionway with twin lift-off doors,
Large, deep, self-draining cockpit with deep coamings giving plenty of security and back support.
This excellent cockpit is all varnished teak and divided into main and helmsman’s cockpits by the low-level mainsheet track.
The after helmsman’s cockpit well is at a higher level to give the helmsman excellent forward vision. With a leather bound wheel on Lewmar steering pedestal (pedestal renewed 2016) with Ritchie steering compass (overhauled with new card in 2006-8) in a chromed binnacle and stainless steel grab rail over. New Whitlock Mamba rod steering system installed 2006 and refurbished by Lewmar 2016 with good access by opening hatches in the helmsman’s seat. Emergency steering tiller to the head of the rudder stock.
Teak gratings and drains in both helm and main cockpit wells (new 2009).
The forward cockpit well is deeper, sheltered by the over-hanging coach-roof and sliding main companionway hatch.
Pair of lift-off doors with lower, drop down wash-board to seat level.
Deep cockpit seat lockers each side (big enough to take both dinghy and outboard in one), deep drains and bronze drip strips ensure the lockers are watertight.
Lockers in the cockpit seat backs give access to storage under the side decks.
Sealed and ventilated gas bottle stowage in the stbd locker in the steering cockpit.
Full set of cockpit cushions.
The mainsheet and primary winches are all placed within easy reach of the helmsman for short-handed sailing.
Sprayhood - new in 2015
Masthead Bermudian sloop rig with keel stepped aluminium mast. Single spreaders.
The aluminium mast (the original Sparlight), was stripped of all fittings, primed and repainted with a 2-pot polyurethane oyster white paint in 2015.
External sail track with Bainbridge Sailman roller car system for the fully battened mainsail (new 2006-8) gives ease of handling and minimum friction on the mainsail hoist.
2 pairs of clutches each side above a pair of Lewmar ST43 self-tailing halyard winches – all new 2006-8.
New spinnaker pole (2011) stows vertically up the mast.
Original aluminium Sparlight boom refurbished and repainted in 2015 (with the mast) and fully converted to slab reefing with internal reefing pennants.
Original Lewmar screw outhaul tensioner on the boom end.
Standing rigging all New 2006-8; stainless steel wire with new bronze rigging screws. Twin lowers and cap shrouds.
Twin standing backstays to the quarters.
Forestay with Harken roller furling gear (new 2006-8)
Removable inner forestay (for setting storm jib or staysail) with over-centre lever tensioner stows to a deck eye by the chain plates.
The chain plates are stainless steel eyes through the cover-boards and beam shelf and through-bolted to a powder coated steel girder running under the beam shelf with webs bolted to the frames thus effectively spreading all loads.
Stainless steel pin rail at deck level by the chain plates each side.
Full suit of sails by Sanders Sails of Lyminington - all in good condition.
Fully battened mainsail – new 2006.
Roller genoa –new 2006
Spinnaker in ATN sock – new 2011
Storm jib – new 2006 (unused).
An old genoa is carried as a spare.
2 x Lewmar 43ST halyard winches on the mast. –new 2006
Primary sheet winches: 2 x Harken 56-2 self-tailing winches on the cockpit coamings – fitted 2006, re-chromed 2014. (These were purchased from the BT challenge after being used on one round the world race.)
Secondary winches: 2 x original Lewmar 2-speed top action sheet winches on the cockpit coamings – rechromed and refurbished by Lewmar 2016
Harken 4:1 with 16:1 cascade mainsheet system on traveller in cockpit. (new 2006-8)
Harken Jib roller furling gear. (new 2006-8)
Harken kicking strap. (new 2006-8)
4 Lewmar snatch-blocks for spinnaker sheets and guys. (new 2006-8).
7 berths (from forward moving aft):
Chainlocker with 100m chain.
Forecabin with two V-berths. White vinyl cushions. Sail locker under stbd bunk, drawers under port..
Hanging locker aft of port bunk.
Bulkhead door to saloon, teak framed oval top and bottom.
(Forecabin berths could be converted with little work to make one large double).
Heads compartment with Lavac sea toilet, Royal Doulton porcelain hand basin. All surfaces finished in marble effect formica. Fine chromed fresh water hand pump, lockers under the side deck and under the basin. Lewmar hatch over (new 2006-8)
Light and airy Saloon with varnished teak and off-white paint with white upholstery.
Port settee berth with pilot berth outboard.
Stbd settee berth with short return seat across the fwd bulkhead.
Finely crafted varnished mahogany twin drop-leaf table with centre stowage recesses.
Half bulkheads aft to galley and chartable with varnished grab handles.
Bookshelf and plenty of stowage lockers. Scatter cushions.
Galley to port aft of saloon with Force 10 2-burner gimballed gas cooker with oven.
Stainless steel sink with fresh and seawater water supply on fine chromed hand pumps, also foot pump to fresh water supply.
The sink waste is pumped overboard, hand pump under the sink.
Excellent galley stowage and work surfaces.
Large top-loading icebox (wiring for compressor in place, but owner prefers to run it on ice).
Full size varnished chart table to stbd aft of saloon with lockers outboard, chart drawer below, and general stowage drawer and lockers below that. Folding navigator’s seat.
Step up to the higher doghouse level (with engine under).
The doghouse is a particularly pleasing part of this yacht’s design, giving a separate sitting area between cockpit and saloon.
Vertical hanging locker for oilskins aft of the chart table.
Small settee seat each side with quarter berths outboard – a great place to sit in the dry when at sea, and two excellent comfortable sea berths.
Beautifully varnished teak coamings, off-white deckhead and varnished teak sole boards all serve to make a light, airy and spacious cabin. Overhead grab rails.
(complete new installation with new beds and stern gear 2006)
Nanni 38hp naturally aspirated 4-cylinder diesel engine. The engine is sited under the dog-house sole which lifts to give excellent all round access. Serviced annually.
Flexibly mounted on new timber engine beds with stainless steel supports to the frame structure.
New stern tube, shaft and Kiwi feathering 3 blade propeller. Deep sea seal.
Engine start panel and dials in locker by helmsman.
Morse Single lever control under the helmsman’s seat out of the way of stray ropes.
50 gall stainless steel fuel tank under the cockpit sole, removed, refurbished, cleaned and pressure tested in 2006.
The engine bay is sound-proof lined.
Automatic engine bay fire extinguisher (new 2014).
150 galls fresh water in stainless steel tank under the saloon cabin sole.
2 x 30 gall stainless steel water tanks under the quarter berths.
Ritchie Steering compass (refurbished with new card 2006)
Neco hydraulic auto-pilot with hydraulic drive to rudder.
Raymarine ST60 wind direction, close-haul, log and sounder – new 2006
Furuno GP32 GPS – new 2006
Icom IC-M421 DSC VHF radio – new 2006
Icom hand held VHF radio – new 2012
Vesper Marine AIS receiver – new 2013
Barigo Clock and barometer
Lighthouse (US) 12v electric windlass with manual over-ride. Warping drum and chain gypsy.
45lb CQR anchor – new 2006
Danforth kedge anchor and warp
100 metres chain.
Whale Gusher 50 manual bilge pump in doghouse (new 2006)
Henderson Mk V bilge pump in cockpit (new 2006)
(There is no electric bilge pump – she doesn’t need one!)
2 x horse-shoe life buoys
Zodiac 6-man life raft, new 2009
3 x dry powder fire extinguishers.
Engine bay auto fire extinguisher.
Zodiac Cadet 420 inflatable dinghy – new 2012
2.5 hp 4-stroke Yamaha outboard engine -new 2008.
‘Summer’ cover (covers all coachroof and cockpit while on mooring) – new 2016.
All primary circuits have been rewired. All wiring unobtrusively installed.
Remote battery isolating switches by chartable – new 2014
Lighting switchboard (new 2006-8) inside the main companionway easily reached from the cockpit.
2 x 12v 105 amp hour Trojan batteries for house supply (new 2013).
1 x 12v 80 amp hour engine start battery (new 2014).
Tri-colour masthead nav lights
Bi-colour low level nav lights on the push-pit.
Steaming and anchor lights.
Deck flood light.
All nav. Lights new 2006
Mabel won the prestigious 'Bouvet Ladubay' trophy awarded by the La Rochelle Maritime Museum for the best designed, restored and maintained yacht in 2012.
Recent racing successes: Winner of the 'Grand Prix de la Rade de Brest' for classic yachts at the 2016 Brest Maritime Festival. In 2016 Plymouth - La Rochelle Revival Race Mabel was 4th over the line at La Rochelle and was 4th on corrected time in the overall results.
Mabel is an exquisite yacht of exceptional quality, in excellent structural condition, beautifully presented and in full commission ready for sea. Her restoration in 2006-8 was not just cosmetic but a total structural refit which fully addressed all the fundamental issues that can affect a yacht of this age and put her back into first class condition. The refit was carried out by Dartmouth master boatbuilder, Peter Nash working with the owner who is also a qualified boatbuilder.
It would be difficult to find a better yacht, sound from truck to keelson and worthy of the excellent workmanship and quality of the original build. She has all the beauty and benefits one expects of a fine classic yacht, but unusually, these are combined with the space and ease of handling of a more modern design, giving her owner all the benefits of a classic yacht without the drawbacks one so commonly has to accept.
Mabel’s performance is as one would expect from a Kim Holman yacht designed as an offshore cruiser/racer. She is a very weatherly, sea-kindly and stiff yacht that can be sailed hard and will look after her crew in a blow. She makes fast passages and does well racing, has a comfortable motion and is a joy to handle from the safe comfortable cockpit. With her modern sail handling gear she can be sailed comfortably by 2.
It is very rare to find such an outstanding classic yacht is such excellent condition.