Hi All WONDERING IF ANYONE CAN SUPPLY ME WITH INFO ON HOW THE HOLLAND 25 SAILS .IS SHE STABLE EASE OF USE ABLE TO BE SET UP FOR SHORT HANDED SAILING ETC. HAVE ONLY SAILED DINGHYS IN PAST AND AM LOOKING FOR A NEW BOAT, IF ANYONE CAN HELP IT WOULD BE GREAT. THANKS STEVE,VIC
Post by IrishImpact on Mar 18, 2009 20:21:10 GMT 10
From my experience with "Irish Impact", the Holland 25 has proved to be a stable and fast boat for her age. Normally we crew with 3-4, but 2 is also fine. The Holland 25 would probably have to have the most deck space out of any yacht design of her size - thanks to that 10 foot beam. Compare the H25 to something like the Noelex 25 which has virtually no side decks and has a narrow beam.
As Irish Impact is one of the early H25's built in 1977, some of her deck equipment could definately use updating which would make crewing with smaller numbers easier - e.g a furling headsail would be usefu!
All in all, if you are in the market for a 25 footer that is well priced and built to a high quality standard, then I would definately recommend the H25 - although of course I am biased!
I own a H25+4 Dutch Courage and often sail it single handed. I have been 'caught' in 40+ knots a couple of times while single handed and while a little nervous, the boat handled it with ease, as long as your not overpowered. Others in my club have stories of getting caught coming back from Geelong in Port Phillip Bay to Williamstown in 50Knots with full crew and the boat handled it and arrived in one peice. They are light boats however, and you need to reef early or you will be battling weather helm and rounding up all the time or constantly ajusting main.
Usually sail with just 2 people with ease. All sheets/halyards come back to c.ckpit so with a little 'cheating' such as tieing off the tiller when coming into mooring, downhaul on headsail if nervous about going forward on own, etc you can pretty much handle it singehanded. Its a pretty lite boat so fending off etc is easy.
Not sure about eveyone else's boats, but mines a 1982 and the condition of the fibreglass hull/deck, and interior is still spot on to this day. Maintenance over the 4 years I have had the boat has been minimal and structurally the boat looks as if its got another 40 years in her. I know when first looking I was worried about older boats, but after having this boat, I would say the H25 is a quality built,easy to use and maintain boat.