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
KIWI 30 30.00 ft / 9.14 m 1977
MANZANITA (HOLLAND) 25.10 ft / 7.65 m 1978
NICHOLSON 1/2 TON 30.00 ft / 9.14 m 1977
NICHOLSON 303 30.25 ft / 9.22 m 1979
NICHOLSON 33 3/4 TON 32.08 ft / 9.78 m 1976
NICHOLSON 345 34.50 ft / 10.52 m 1979
OCEAN 43 (WESTERLY) 43.50 ft / 13.26 m 1997
OMEGA 30 S 30.67 ft / 9.35 m 1982
OMEGA 34 33.67 ft / 10.26 m 1981
OMEGA 36 36.09 ft / 11.00 m 1985
OMEGA 46 46.59 ft / 14.20 m 2001
PARKER 21 (TRAILER SAILER 21) 21.00 ft / 6.40 m 1982
PARKER 275 27.92 ft / 8.51 m 1989
POLARIS 33 (HOLLAND) 33.04 ft / 10.07 m 1977
POLARIS 37 (HOLLAND) 36.81 ft / 11.22 m 1980
PUMA 27 26.08 ft / 7.95 m 1979
RH-43 42.67 ft / 13.01 m 1985
RUSH 31 (JEANNEAU) 29.96 ft / 9.13 m 1979
RUSH ROYALE 31 (JEANNEAU) 29.96 ft / 9.13 m 1979
SUPER SEAL 26 26.00 ft / 7.92 m 1979
SWAN 371 37.00 ft / 11.28 m 1979
SWAN 39 39.30 ft / 11.98 m 1978
SWAN 391 39.92 ft / 12.17 m 1981
SWAN 42 42.00 ft / 12.80 m 1980
SWAN 43 (HOLLAND) 42.83 ft / 13.05 m 1985


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