TODAY AND BEYOND
Ron’s innovative designs have repeatedly shaken up the yacht racing world. Ron Holland Design became one of the world’s leading yacht designers and the creator of a new generation of custom 100ft (30 metre)-plus performance superyachts in the early 1980’s.
A 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 ever to be built. This construction commenced in 1998 with the yacht launching early 2003 in Viareggio, Italy. Giancarlo Ragnetti, managing Perini Navi, oversaw a series of 56-metre yachts with ten of these design collaborations launched. This led to a Ron Holland Design – Perini Navi Design collaboration, delivering 23 yachts to date with a 60-metre ketch presently under construction at the Viareggio shipyard.
In 2018 Ron Holland published his memoir: All The Oceans. Ron gave over 50 promotional presentations including Vancouver, BC, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. During the Monaco Yacht Show, Ron held a book launch reception aboard “Perseus^3″: a Ron Holland – Perini Navi 60-metre sloop. USA events included Chicago and stops on both coasts, followed by presentations in England and Ireland; an opportunity to reconnect with lifetime friends and crewmates who contribute to the story.
The latest Ron Holland Design in development is a 42-metre schooner for long-time sailing yacht clients. Combining classic rig elements with state of the art design and construction, it truly is a yacht for all seasons.
For Ron, that’s the joy of it: to take a paper sketch and turn it into a luxurious, high performance work of nautical art. Ron’s commitment pays off at that exquisite moment when his latest design first hits the water.
Ron has created some of the fastest, most luxurious, award winning sailing yachts afloat – his studio has also designed several significant ocean voyaging motor yachts, combining modern technologies with tradition.
One of Ron Holland Design’s Motor Yachts is the 45-metre “Dorothea III”. With extensive ocean passages across both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans to her credit, this design has proven to be safe, comfortable and highly efficient. In 2020, “Dorothea III” won the Boat International Media’s “Voyager’s Award”.
In 2020, Ron celebrated over 45 years with Ron Holland Design, during which time the industry has changed immensely. Ron strives to stay ahead of the design curve: he is always looking for the latest innovations to improve his clients’ yachting experience and life on the water.