TODAY AND BEYOND
Ron’s innovative racing designs have repeatedly shaken up the world of yacht racing. Ron Holland Design became one of the world’s leading yacht designers and creator of a new generation of custom 100ft (30 metre) plus performance superyachts during the 1980’s.
A good working relationship developed between Ron Holland and Perini Navi during the design and construction of the 64 metre (210 ft) Ketch ‘Felicita West’, at the time the largest aluminum yacht afloat. This yacht’s build program commenced in 1998 with the yacht launching early 2003 in Viareggio. Giancarlo Ragnetti, Managing Perini Navi was instrumental in building a series of 56 metre yachts with ten of these design collaborations launched. This led to an ongoing Ron Holland Design – Perini Navi Design collaboration, delivering a total of 23 yachts to date with a 60 metre ketch presently building at the Viareggio shipyard.
In 2020, Ron celebrated over 45 years of innovation with Ron Holland Design. The industry has changed immensely over the past four and a half decades. As a designer Ron strives to stay ahead of the curve. He’s always looking for the latest innovations to improve his clients yachting experience and life on the water.
To Ron, that’s the joy of it. To take what starts as a sketch on a clean sheet of paper, and turn it into a luxurious, high performance work of art – well, there is nothing better. With each new design Ron’s commitment pays off at that exquisite moment when his latest design hits the water for the very first time.
Ron continues to create some of the fastest, most luxurious, and stunning sailing yachts afloat – his studio is also responsible for several significant ocean calibre motor yachts, combining ultra-modern technologies, and just the right touch of tradition. An important example of Ron Holland Design Motor Yachts is the 45 metre Dorothea III. With extensive ocean voyaging passages across both Pacific and Atlantic Oceans to her credit, this design has proven to be safe, comfortable and efficient during these long distance voyages.
The latest Ron Holland Design presently in development is a 42 metre Schooner combining classic design rig elements with state of the art yacht design and construction features. A yacht for all seasons.
In 2018 Ron Holland published a second book, his memoir “All The Oceans”. Promoting the book, Ron gave over 50 presentations in Vancouver, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Monaco and the USA, reaching the ports where his yachts voyage to. This was an opportunity to reconnect and share stories with lifetime friends and crew who make up the story of his life. When he is not traveling the globe Ron is designing in his studio based in beautiful Vancouver, Canada in the historic district of Granville Island.