Hi there guys. I've been cruising for some years on an Alberg 30; quite a different yacht with long keel and pretty dissimilar aesthetic. I've always admired the Holland though and can see in her enormous potential as a fast little cruising boat. I wonder are there many going offshore? They look like really solid boats. I'd be interested to hear anyone's opinion on their suitability for single handed offshore cruising and racing, as I'm after something a little more exciting than my own boat that still has the capability to go most places. Cheers, David Fisher
Post by appleslice on Aug 27, 2010 13:28:52 GMT 10
I have no experience single-handing an H25 (but have done so with a J24), but have sailed through the Great Australian Bight, where the swell was pretty huge. One wave came over the windward rail and drenched the mainsail 8 feet about the boom and I got washed the length of my harness towards the stern. No water entered the thingypit because we were heeled over too far. BUT three crew below didn't even wake up! So yes, I reckon an H25 would be fine as a pocket offshore cruiser, as long as you don't go silly with sail area.
Last Edit: Aug 27, 2010 13:29:54 GMT 10 by appleslice
Hi Appleslice. I'm based in Southern Tasmania and I have a H25 called 'Impala'. On the underside of the locker lids, someone has written 'Impala - Fremantle'... so at some point she was based in WA. You mentioned that you have sailed across the Great Australian bight - do you happen to know anything about the H25 scene that is or was in Western Australia? Cheers.
Hi guys, I bought Omega with the definite ambition to single hand whenever no one else wants to go sailing! In my opinion, if you can't single hand a Holland then you've get real problems.
25 feet of boat with all controls easily accessible from the pit, she's gotta be good single handed! I have a furling headsail and as I rejuvenate her, I am making sure that I can control mostly everything without going forward. My main is at the sail maker now getting another reef put in also.
Everyone has their own ability is suppose but I can't see why single handed in a Holland should be a big deal. ;D
Post by dougsharpin on Sept 29, 2013 15:02:02 GMT 10
A bit old in reply but had many off-shore trips for Holland 25's....4 deliveries across Bass Strait takes 33 hours approx., 4 deliveries Hastings to Sydney 3 1/2 days, 2x Port Moresby to Cairns,( good story - Topaz got a knock-down 1/2 way, threw John overboard on harness, knife in roof but no water below (bit of a mess tho !) Irish Coffee (centreboarder) Mackay to Darwin, Rockhampton to Brisbane, Would be interested to hear other passage making trips .....Doug Sharpin
Sorry Doug, Bit late on reply. I / We have done lots of trips up and down the West Coast. Frequently sail Busselton to Rotto. Never had an issue. Great boat and have had mine for over 10 years. Cheers, Caps