Mark Cameron Yachts

Ron Holland 42' Custom Sloop


Wood epoxy custom build based on Swan 42.



Lying: Argyll, United Kingdom

General Information

Manufacturer/ModelRon Holland 42' Custom Sloop
DesignerRon Holland
New or UsedUsed
Sale StatusAvailable
LyingArgyll, United Kingdom


Hull ConstructionWood Epoxy with bolt on lead keel
Keel TypeFin Keel


EnginePerkins 4.108 marine diesel engine. Producing 54hp at 4000rpm Indirectly cooled with heat exchanger Hydraulic Newage PRM 30 gearbox.
Fuel Capacity120l


Drinking Water Capacity300l


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 testbed 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.
A copy of the Ron Holland 42 Swan which was in production until 1985 DOUBLE THYME 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 include:

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
Large selection of additional photos available upon request

Now afloat and in commission for the 2021 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.

Owner’s Comment:
DOUBLE THYME was originally named DOUBLE MAXIM and took part in the second TWOSTAR of 1986, where she finished second in her class. The Kayll brothers had taken part in the first TWOSTAR of 1981 in a yacht called Wild Thyme. Having satisfied their sponsor with the name Double Maxim they were determined to use the name Wild Thyme for their new yacht but it would need to be called Wild Thyme II. That name did not suit, so they came up with the amalgamation of the two yacht names, hence Double Thyme was born.
Her second owner who purchased her in 1992 based her in Blyth on the East Coast before migrating to the west and the waters of Scotland. We found the boat in need of some TLC 2010. Our test sail was an amazing experience, she was still a fast yacht and despite being in need of some work we could see the potential and were immediately convinced us that she would repay our time and effort to restore her with rewarding and safe sailing.
We have carried out several improvements along with maintenance of hull and deck. She now has an Autoprop, Stacpac and lazy jacks, a Profurl headsail and a new set of One Sails and a Hood cruising chute.
On the water, DOUBLE THYME is a fast yacht, she will close reach at ten knots with ease, more with some hefty crew on the rail. We have taken her around the UK, across to Holland, France and the Channel Isles. In 2018 we received line honors in our class in the Round the Island race and have competed in three West Highland Weeks where we were also placed. However our favorite cruising ground has to be the West coast of Scotland and we have found her ideal for exploring the coast line and islands in this part of the world.


Hull Construction:

Larch speed strip planking
Laminated mahogany frames
Alloy strongback with ring frame in way of chainplates.
Plywood bulkheads
Planking and structural timbers epoxy saturated internally and externally
Finished externally with Epiphanes 2-pack varnish, providing UV protection.
Deck & Superstructure Construction:
Epoxy composite plywood subdeck
Foam sandwich construction with plywood skins.
Laid teak deck to finish with epoxy caulking.
Varnished teak margin board and toerail.
Bolt-on fin keel
Lead construction
Stainless steel keel bolts.
Mahogany laminate
Epoxy saturated.
Stainless steel rudder stock


Engine & gearbox:

Perkins 4.108 marine diesel engine.
Producing 54hp at 4000rpm
Indirectly cooled with heat exchanger
Hydraulic Newage PRM 30 gearbox.
Maintenance & Performance:
Fully serviced autumn 2020
Strip down and full re-build winter 2018/19 – Pistons, bearings, liners, injector pump. Repainted.
Cruising speed 7kts
Propulsion & Steering:
Aquadrive thrust bearing unit
11/4” stainless steel shaft
Stuffing box
Bruntons Autoprop.
Shaft brake
Whitlock pedestal
Be-spoke laminated timber wheel
B&G autopilot system
Linear type quadrant drive.


Voltage systems:

12VDC on board
240VAC shore power
Shore Power:
Single 16amp connection
Hardwired ring main
RCD protection
Battery Banks:
Engine 1 x12v
Domestic 3x 110Ah 12v
240VAC charger
70amp alternator
Other Electrical:
Auxiliary 12VDC outlet at chart table


Fresh Water:

Pressurised cold water only
Galley and heads outlets
Bilge Pumps:
Manual bilge pump
Electric bilge pump



Single fuel tank
Built-in epoxy tank
Capacity 120ltrs approx
Fresh Water:
1 rigid plastic
2 bag tanks.
Combined capacity approx. 300ltr
Tank Monitoring:
Analogue fuel guage


On Deck:

Tacktick wind
Tacktick depth and speed
B&G depth
Tacktick wind repeaters x2 port and starboard
At Chart Table:
Tacktick handheld repeater
Garmin 2010C plotter.
B&G Hecla repeater.
Communications Equipment:
Icom DSC VHF with commandmic in cockpit



Sink stainless
Fridge/freezer – engine driven
Force 10 4 burner and oven, gimbal mounted.
2x SL manual marine toilets
2x Wash hand basins
Heating & Ventilation:
Eberspacher diesel fired, blown air system.
Thermostatic cabin controller.
4 outlets in all cabins
Candescent lighting below decks.
Radio/CD/MP3 head unit.
Saloon speakers


Summary of Accommodation:

Single berth in forepeak, infill creating double berth.
4 single berths in saloon, two pilot bunks outboard of settees.
Two large single bunks aft.
Two heads compartments
Accommodation Finish:
Joinery work constructed of Sapele veneered plywood bulkheads and furniture bases with a mixture of contrasting timber trims, veneers and solid oak and mahogany to finish.
Carpet finish to sole in saloon with traditional planking effect finish elsewhere.
White vinyl lined headlining panels
Galley constructed in larch panels with oak trims
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.



Keel stepped masthead sloop
Silver anodised alloy mast and spars by Kemp.
Standing rigging of 1x19 stainless steel with chromed bronze rigging screws.
Removable inner forestay, tensioned with Highfield type lever arrangement
Profurl C420 roller furling genoa
Slab reefing mainsail, 2 reefs
Halyards lead aft to companionway
Reefing at the mast with dedicated mast mounted winch
Rod kicker
Hydraulic backstay adjusters.
Running backstays with block and tackle style tensioners.
Spinnaker pole, with mast track
Mahogany bow sprit
Primary Winches – Lewmar 65, three-speed.
Secondary/Spinnaker – Lewmar 55, three-speed.
Halyard Winches – Lewmar 42, two-speed, self-tailing.
Mast Reefing Winch – Lewmar 40, two-speed, self-tailing.
Mainsail – White Dacron – One Sails 2017
Genoa – Yankee cut – White Dacron – One Sails 2017
#1 Genoa – Dacron. Saturn Sails
Spinnaker x2 – Light and heavy, lightly used. Hood Sails
Cruising chute – Hood sails with snuffer
Working Jib for inner forestay
Lewmar foot blocks at mast appeture for lines lead aft.
Spinlock rope clutches for lines lead aft, 8 in total
Lewmar pin-top genoa tracks – inner and outer
Lewmar turning blocks for sheets on coamings.
Anchoring & Mooring:
Bruce anchor on chain rode
Electric windlass
Kedge anchor – Fisherman style
Mooring lines
Canvas Work:
Winter cover, fits from mast aft to transom.
Avon inflatable dinghy
2hp 2-stroke outboard.
Removable double stainless steel bow roller.
Stainless steel pulpit and pushpit rails
Deck mounted stainless steel stanchions
Double stainless steel guardwires
Alloy mooring cleats, forward and aft.
Stainless steel fairleads forward, midships and aft.
Lewmar pin-stop track for working jib on coachroof edges.
Lewmar mainsheet and car.
Stainlesss steel grab rails outboard port and starboard on bridge deck between aft and forward cockpit.
Stainless steel grabrails either side of companionway.

General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

Navigation Lights:
Bi-colour forward
Steaming light
Deck flood
Anchor light at mast head.
Life saving:
2x horseshoe buoys with lights and drogues
Throwing line
Canvas jackstays

In this case we are acting as brokers only.
The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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