I always fancied a Twister, but such a beauty was not mine to have. When I started sailing on the River Crouch in 1973 I saw the lovely wooden twister, ‘Oliva’. She used to be kept on a Fambridge mooring.
Twisters were designed by Kim Holman, and the original, the all wooden ‘Twister of Mersea’ was launched in 1963. Her lines were very similar to the legendary clinker Stella, also designed by Kim Holman. Unlike the Stella, Kim designed her bigger sister with a carvel hull. Many of the early Twisters were built by Uphams of Brixham.
With the emergence of GRP in the early sixties, the first composite Twister with a fibreglass hull, wooden deck and coachroof was built in 1969. This paved the way for the all GRP Twister moulded by Tylers from the mid 70s until the late 90s when Tylers ceased trading. A good many of these fibreglass mouldings were fitted out and completed by amateur builders.
Twister Class Association
Twisters for Sale (Eleven of them at the time of posting)
Stella Class Association
Yachtsnet Archive – Twister
Sailboatdata.com – Twister 28
C. R. Holman and the Twister
Twister 28 Forum
Yachts Designed by Kim Holman
Tyler Boat Co. Ltd.
Apollo Duck Twisters for Sale
Twister 28 for Sale Video (2012)