The recent news that ace yacht designer Ron Holland has relinquished control over his design studio and staff gave us pause to reflect on his career and examine some of his designs currently on the market.

Ronald John Holland was born in 1947 in Auckland, New Zealand and came to prominence in the 1970s with his successful racing designs, and is now best known for his superyachts such as Mirabella V and Ethereal.

Holland started competitive sailing at the age of eight and was apprenticed as a boatbuilder in Auckland, where he built his first design, the 26ft sloop White Rabbit in 1966.

The 32m Whirlwind, launched in 1986, was Holland’s largest design until then, and one of the first of a new breed of superyacht – large yachts which used new technologies to provide strong sailing performance without requiring a large crew.

The 75m Mirabella V, launched in 2003, was not only Holland’s largest design, but also the largest ever single-masted sailing yacht.


Helios yacht

Helios – yacht for sale with McMaster Yachts

James McMaster at McMaster Yachts has recently been appointed central agent for sale of Perini Navi’s 45.26m sailing yacht Helios at an asking price of €14.35 million.

Launched in 2007, Helios was built to a Ron Holland design and is ABS classed and MCA compliant. She is a great combination of a cruising yacht with excellent sailing performance and her versatile accommodation offers room for eight guests in a master, VIP and two twins that can convert into doubles.

The interior of this superyacht is a pure classic, mainly fashioned from mahogany and mahogany briar. All this with a special effort by Joe Smullin, one of the world’s premier acoustical engineers, makes Helios extremely quiet under all conditions.

Helios yacht pictures and specifications
Karia yacht

45m Karia designed by Ron Holland and built by RMK Marine

Delivered in 2012, the 45m motor yacht Karia was built by RMK Marine to a design by Ron Holland and is Lloyds classed and MCA compliant, accommodating 12 guests in six staterooms. Twin 1300hp Caterpillar engines give her a range of 4,500 nautical miles at 10 knots.

Winner of a Judges’ Commendation at the 2012 World Superyacht Awards, Karia is asking €19 million with Burgess and Merle Wood & Associates.

Karia yacht pictures and specifications

Kestrel yacht

Burgess have joined Adrian McCourt at Watkins Superyachts to jointly list the 32.4m sailing yacht Kestrel asking €6.25 million..

Designed by Ron Holland and built in 2012 by Kestrel Superyachts in Turkey, Kestrel is a fusion of the best aspects of motor yacht, sailing yacht and beach house, designed specifically to put the fun back into family sailing, and to open ownership of large sailing yachts to a wider audience.

Kestrel offers accommodation and entertainment spaces normally only found on much larger sailing yachts, combined with high stability but with no downside on her excellent sailing performance. The hull volume is some 30% greater than other yachts of this size bracket.

The entire focus of the yacht is to make it a delightful and secure place to spend quality family leisure time for both sailors and non sailors alike. There are four generous cabins for up to 10 guests where normally there is only space for three, and a variety of large entertainment spaces above and below deck which easily adapt to every need. Sailing systems are placed where they do not interfere with social activity.

Kestrel is ketch rigged for ease of handling and has crew accommodation for four. She is the first of a semi custom series where mast configuration, keel depth, layout and even length can be altered within the overall concept.

Kestrel yacht pictures and specifications
Ripple yacht

Ripple – yacht for sale with Northrop & Johnson Spain

Built in aluminium by Brooke Yachts in 1990 as Gee Dee, the 30.7m sloop Ripple has had many refits and upgrades since. An interior by Jon Bannenberg sleeps six guests in a master suite and two twin cabins while a single 350hp MAN engine gives a cruising range of 3,000 nautical miles.

Ripple is asking €1.2 million at Northrop & Johnson Spain.

Ripple yacht pictures and specifications
Garuda yacht

Garuda yacht for sale

An ABS classed Swan 100 model sailing yacht, the 30.48m Garuda was built in 1986 by Nautor’s Swan with styling by Jon Bannenberg. This 165 ton superyacht can accommodate six guests in one master and two twin cabins, while a 550hp Mercedes-Wizemann diesel engine offers a cruising speed of 10 knots with a maximum speed of 13 knots.

Garuda was recently refitted and is asking €1.55 million at Fraser Yacchts.

Garuda yacht pictures and specifications
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