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 in the early 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 to be built. This yacht’s construction program commenced in 1998 with the yacht launching early 2003 in Viareggio, Italy. 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 2018 Ron Holland published a second book, his memoir “All The Oceans”. Promoting the book, Ron gave over 50 presentations around the world 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. Next stop was USA including events in Chicago and on both coasts. Followed by presentations in England and Ireland where it all started. This was an opportunity to reconnect and share stories with lifetime friends and crewmates who contribute the story.
The latest Ron Holland Design presently in development is a 42 metre Schooner for long time sailing yacht clients. Combining classic design rig elements with state of the art yacht design and construction features. A yacht for all seasons.
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 nautical art. 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 has created some of the fastest, most luxurious, award winning sailing yachts afloat – his studio is also responsible for several significant ocean voyaging motor yachts, combining 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 passages across both Pacific and Atlantic Oceans to her credit, this design has proven to be safe, comfortable and highly efficient during these long distance voyages. In 2020 MY “Dorothea III” was nominated by Boat International Media for the “Voyager’s Award”.
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 is always looking for the latest innovations to improve his clients yachting experience and life on the water.