Ron Holland

www.ronhollanddesign.com


My first design, the 26 ft. sloop 'White Rabbit' was created in 1966 during the 3 year period I attended my boat building apprenticeship in Auckland, New Zealand. Six years later, while working in the engineering department of production yacht builder, Morgan Yachts in St. Petersburg, Florida, I designed a 24 ft. racer, 'Eygthene', to the IOR Quarter Ton Rule. This yacht won the 1973 Quarter Ton Championships in Torbay, England, and enabled me to secure the design commission for 'Golden Apple' from Irish yachtsman, the late Hugh Coveney. The success of this yacht was the foundation of my Irish based yacht design business.

These small racing yachts formed the backbone of the Ron Holland organisation for several years, with a string of successes in level rating world championships and Admiral's Cup events. Racing at the highest level of international competition.

Based on the racing success of the Admiral's Cup yachts came commissions for maxi racers, the largest yachts competing internationally. In 1980, 'Kialoa' and 'Condor' established the Ron Holland design philosophy in this area of the business and lead to commissions for larger, performance oriented cruising yachts.

'Whirlwind XII", my first design over 100 ft. in length, was launched from the Royal Huisman Shipyard in 1986 and paved the way for a wide variety of design commissions from clients who demanded beautiful, safe, comfortable cruising yachts, capable of worldwide voyaging. The common denominator is these were all performance oriented cruising yachts, the benchmark of the Ron Holland Design philosophy still in force with today's design commissions.

1999 has seen important new projects that included my first interior design commission, as well as my first motor yacht design work. New areas of activity that I have found stimulating and a logical extension of a lifetime's work in the marine design field.

Reviewing the presented Ron Holland designs will show the variety of design approaches that have been taken, specifically to ensure my clients achieve a yacht that fulfils their personal requirements. My organisation prides itself with interpreting the client's goals and integrating these with aesthetically correct and performance oriented design solutions.


Sailboats Designed By Ron Holland

Model LOA First Built
11 METER 33.80 ft / 10.30 m 1990
ALOHA 30 30.00 ft / 9.14 m 1986
BELLIURE 2.5 41.16 ft / 12.55 m 1985
BELLIURE 63 63.00 ft / 19.20 m 1985
BOMBARDIER 7.6 25.33 ft / 7.72 m 1980
CAL 9.2 29.96 ft / 9.13 m 1981
CT-43 42.67 ft / 13.01 m 1985
DISCOVERY 55 54.79 ft / 16.70 m 2000
DISCOVERY 58 58.73 ft / 17.90 m 2015
ELITE 37 37.08 ft / 11.30 m 1981
ELITE 45 45.92 ft / 14.00 m 1986
ERICSON 33 32.04 ft / 9.77 m 1981
ERICSON 36 35.58 ft / 10.84 m 1980
EYGTHENE 24 23.78 ft / 7.25 m 1974
FAST 303 30.00 ft / 9.14 m 1983
FAST 345 T 34.50 ft / 10.52 m 1983
FEELING 1350 44.29 ft / 13.50 m 1986
FEELING 546 55.42 ft / 16.89 m 1991
FORMOSA 43 41.83 ft / 12.75 m 1980
FREEDOM 39 39.00 ft / 11.89 m 1983
FREEDOM 39 PILOT HOUSE 39.00 ft / 11.89 m 1983
GOLDEN SHAMROCK 30 29.68 ft / 9.05 m 1976
HOLLAND 25 25.00 ft / 7.62 m 1978
KIWI 22 21.00 ft / 6.40 m 1977
KIWI 24 24.00 ft / 7.32 m 1974


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