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Custom Ron Holland 42

(REF: 21124)


  • Designer: Ron Holland
  • Year: 1983
  • Location: Argyll
  • Length on deck: 42'3"
  • Beam: 13'
  • Draft: 6'11"
  • Tonnage: 10160kg displacement

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Wooden Ships Comments on this Custom Ron Holland 42

Simply stunning. Based around the popular and well proven Ron Holland designed Swan 42. DOUBLE THYME was a custom build to demonstrate the possibilities with composite wood/epoxy construction. Built using the highest quality hardwoods to finish the interior she is completely unique.

Commissioned by J Thompson Co. Timber Merchants; the developers of the Speed Strip hull construction method DOUBLE THYME was to be the ultimate test bed and demonstration of this revolutionary new boat building method. Using wood with epoxy to create a composite timber hull and deck, structurally comparable to GRP and better suited to low volume construction. This method of construction is still used today by builders such as Fairlie and Spirit yachts with some notable yachts such as the legendary FLY built using the same system.

The Ron Holland 42 Swan was in production until 1985, DOUBLE THYME is a copy of that design provides safe, fast sailing with comfortable accommodation below decks for a maximum crew of 8.  Much loved by her current owners they have spent the last 10 years improving and upgrading DOUBLE THYME some of her inventory highlights:

Keel stepped Kemp mast.

Profurl C420 Roller reefing system.

Removable inner forestay.

One Sails mainsail and roller reefing genoa (2017).

Selection of downwind sails

Perkins 4.108 marine diesel engine, fully stripped and rebuilt 2018/19.

Aquadrive thrust bearing unit.

Bruntons AutoProp feathering propeller.

Tacktick instrumentation, Garmin plotter.


Eberspacher heating system

Engine driven fridge/freezer

Now afloat and in commission for the 2020 season DOUBLE THYME is in active use by her owners, exploring the waters of Scotland’s west coast. She is available for viewing by prior appointment.

Currently in commission and being used this season, ready to sail.


Length on deck                 42’3″

Length Overall                   42’3″

Length Waterline             39’2″

Beam                                    13′

Draft                                      6’11”

Displacement                    10160kg




Built from Larch Speed Strip glued with epoxy.

Laminated mahogany frames.

Fin keel made from lead, fastened with stainless steel keel bolts.

Yacht laid teak deck over a marine plywood subdeck with varnished teak cover boards and toe rails.

Mahogany comaings with yacht laid coachroof deck over a marine plywood subdeck.

Twin self draining cockpits with laid teak thwarts.

Wheel steering on cables to a laminated mahogany skeg hung rudder.





Bermudan sloop rig on a keel stepped alloy Kemp mast.

Slab reefing alloy boom.

1×19 stainless steel standing rigging with bronze rigging screws to internal stainless chain plates.  Rigging new in ?

Hydraulic adjustable backstays.  Removable inner forestay.

Profurl roller furling headsail system.

Lewmar 65 and Lewmar 55 3 speed cockpit winches.  Lewmar 40 and Lewmar 42 self tailing mast winches.

Mainsail and genoa new in 2017 from One Sails.  2 spinnakers, cruising chute, No.1 genoa, inner jib and trysail.





Perkins 4108 54hp 4cyl fresh water cooled marine diesel.  Completely rebuilt in 2019 with new pistons, bearings, liners injector pump etc.

Hydraulic PRM30 gearbox with an Aquadrive to a Bruntons Autoprop giving 7 knots cruising speed.

Integral wood/epoxy fuel tank of 120 litres.

Water capacity of 300 litres in 3 separate tanks.

1 dedicated engine start battery.  3 x 110ah domestic batteries charged from 70 amp engine alternator or through 240 volt mains charger.

Installed shore power system with ring main.




8 berths including a double forward.  Two heads compartments.

Description of Accommodation from Forward:


Forward Cabin:

Walk-in standing area to starboard.

Locker outboard to starboard with hop-up step forward.

Single berth to port

Infill section creating double v-berth

Access to focsol locker forward.

Large opening deck hatch


Forward Passageway:

To starboard side.

Access forward from saloon to heads and forward cabin.

Small countertop and selection of storage lockers outboard.


Forward Heads:

Aft of forward cabin to port.

Aft facing manual marine toilet mounted inboard

Counter top with inset stainless steel wash hand basin outboard.

Vanity lockers beneath and outboard of countertop.

Teak grating sole.


Main Saloon:

Centrally located drop leaf saloon table, wrapping around mast.

L-shaped settee to port

Pilot berth outboard of port settee above backrest.

Bench settee to starboard.

Pilot berth outboard of starboard settee above backrest.

Small storage unit forward of starboard settee with countertop and drawers for storage.

Locker at forward end of port pilot berth.


Navigation Station:

To starboard of companionway.

Forward facing chart table with dedicated navigators seat.

Instrument pod above chart table with Plotter, VHF and stereo in easy reach.

Ships switch panel and book storage outboard.

Tacktick Micronet remote control repeater.



To port of companionway.

U-shaped galley with deep fiddled worktops

Double stainless steel sinks forward with cold water only faucet and manually pumped faucet.

Top loading freezer outboard forward.

Gimabl mounted gas cooker aft

Top loading fridge outboard of aft section of worktop

Two levels of storage lockers outboard of worktops


Aft/Master Cabin:

En-suite access to heads with double door system.

Two single berths outboard port and starboard.

Both bunks lifting to provide full access to storage space beneath.

Cave lockers outboard of bunks port and starboard.

Dresser unit and storage lockers outboard, forward to port

Access to steering space aft of bunks.


Aft Heads:

Located in passageway to aft cabin.

Clever double door system creates heads compartment occupying passageway.

Aft facing manual marine toilet outboard to starboard.

Counter-top with inset stainless steel wash handbasin outboard aft.

Hanging locker outboard of toilet forward.

Vanity locker outboard of counter top.





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These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.



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