John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.
DECEMBER/JANUARY 2014
 
   
Length overall  14' 5"   
Beam  6' 2"
Weight  500 lb
Max HP 30        

Anyone who has spent time around the lobster boats of the Maine coast has heard of the Red Baron, the legendary Holland 32 from Holland’s Boat Shop in Belfast, Me., which won the World’s Fastest Lobster Boat trophy in 2000. The Baron also had a practical side; after races, builder Glenn Holland and his father Corliss swapped the racing engine for a Ford V-8, and Corliss hauled traps with her. The Baron is retired from racing, but her sisters continue to work and play up and down the East Coast.

Glenn Holland, however, has a new race boat. She’s the Baby Baron, a red Holland 14 that has won her share of trophies in the small-boat division. Powered by an older 30-hp Yamaha two-stroke and skippered by Holland’s grandson, Gavin, the Baby Baron runs 32 mph with Glenn aboard as the required “sternman.” True to her big sister and the Holland family’s practicality, though, the Holland 14 is thoroughly utilitarian. Holland patterned the design on the Nova Scotia skiffs he had known as a boy. “I had always wanted one as a kid,” he says, “so I just built it.”

The theory behind Holland hulls is that if they are fast, they are efficient. The 14 has modest deadrise and round chines. In addition to speed and efficiency, she is a roomy, seaworthy little skiff—which are built to order, with custom options like hull color and various storage compartments. Though the hull “sails easy” with the Yamaha 30, a 25-hp four-stroke makes a great power plant for most uses, including tender duty. The price, minus the engine, is $4,700. For more information, contact Holland’s Boat Shop, 207- 338-3155, www.hollandsboatshop.com.