How is the ride/handling of a 32 Holland

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  1. BillD

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    Hello ALL,

    Curious,

    just how is the ride of a 32 Holland?

    Smooth @ cruise speeds?

    Does it pound?

    How does it handle a sea?

    Wet ride? Wipers on?

    Wet cockpit?

    How is the boat in a beam or following sea?

    Can the boat be backed up straight?? To the L or R ?

    Thanks,

    Bill D




    @ Cruise is the bow up, neutral?? Can you see over the bow underway?
     
  2. offshore31

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    Bill

    I don't have any direct experience with one, but have spoken to CMP who used to run one. He said it was wet, did pound, but the sneakiest stick boat he's ever had. I don't know if CMP knows about this web site, but he is THT and bertram31.com. You might want to ask him over there.

    how's the bfin? We spoke back when you were rebuilding. Looks like we're thinking the same. I've still got mine, but would like to move to a DE. Just can't sell or even give away my bfin.

    Good luck
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    My 31 BF is a great boat. New with the motors and rehab I did. I have a nice $offer$ right now but I'm hesitatnt to sell it without doing my "due diligence" in early spring on what DE would be a best all around rig for the last 10 years of serious boating.

    The 31 Combi is a GREAT boat but for me, standing up to pilot the boat all day at cruise speeds is tiring and early season and late season when the wind is always blowing makes for a sometimes wet ride through the roll ups above the windshield and it gets cold !! LOL.

    Plus, I like to haul my lobster traps myself (40) and the twin screws make it difficult in crowded pot areas.

    Nothing I can't live with, maybe I'll find the 31 BF is "the best all around boat" for what I need. LOL

    I guess if someone put a gun to my head right now and said "pick a DE now" to build, I'd opt for a 32 H&H with a QSB 480 and live with 20 knots max cruise.

    Then again a little 25 BHM with a trailer to "bang around in", not too big, not too small, to inshore fish, haul my traps, take 3-4 people out, grandkids, tunk on sandbars etc. is very very inticing. Plus I could have it cheaply hauled to FL for winter use.

    We'll see.

    Thanks for asking,

    Bill D
     
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    The 32 Holland is like a sports car. They do pound. They are wet. But, when things are right, you just can't wipe the smile off your face.
    Remember, these are not very big boats. Glen thought a v8 gas motor and a barrel of bait would be all these boats would have in em. Not 2500 pounds of engine and gear and finished off down forward, with an anodized tower and as much fuel as possible. That is what makes em WET.
    When it's calm, cruising speeds can be what ever you can afford.
    Steaming side too, or with it, is a dream. Steer with one finger and cruise 20 knots surfing your way home. Steaming straight into a stiff chop is BRUTAL. You can always slow down to displacement speeds, and get home. they sit like a duck on anchor and drift great.
    They are what they are. Are you gonna spend 3 days on Georges in a 32?
    Probably not. Are you gonna steam around all summer in a more than capable 32' that doesn't need 700 hp to go fast. Oh yeah.
     
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    I hear you. My 32 fbc is the driest boat i've ever been on, up to 50' hatts. But I don't have crew anymore, so I need something i can run alone. A nice DE, maybe something up to 26' would be perfect for me. Trying to learn everything I can from the guys here while trying to sell my bfin.

    good luck
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    Best explanantion I've heard yet !
    Thanks,
    Bill D
     
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    In its size class I would consider a Mitchell Cove 32 which is a much larger platform, put a 6 inch step into the wheelhouse which affords better visabiltiy and of course no freakin engine box. The holland will win on speed but if you are buying a downeast that should not be the most important factor, space, comfort and how your gonna feel at the end of the day are whats important to many. The bump to a 34 Cavin should also enter the equation. Whats a couple knots really when you can have no engine box and a lot more space and better boat on the drift or on the hook.;)
     
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    32 Mitchell Cove is a nice 32 hull.

    Is the 32 Osmond Beal H&H is the running ????
     
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    Mc 32

    MC 32 great looking boat, but do not seem to run very easy. Pleanty out there with 400+ hp and still only 20-22kt boat at wot. Anybody know different?
     
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    This thread has been very helpful to me as I am looking at a used Holland 32 and don't have a lot of downeast boat experience. Sailboatssuck's post in particular. Thank you!

    I have a follow up question for those Holland 32 owners out there. If you have to go head on into a steep chop, can you avoid pounding by coming down to 8 - 12 kts? Or are you just going to pound no matter what? Personal anecdotes welcome.
     
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