OK... lets get something straight, this is my best stab at summing up this little boat, its history and whats going on with it today. If something is posted in error please let me know, I'll be happy to update it. If you have any helpful info thats not posted, photos or extra boat parts please send them along also.

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The Holder 14 (as it is most commonly referred) was designed by its namesake Ron Holder. The boat was manufactured by Vagabond from the mid 70's to 1983 when several of the small Holder designs were purchased by Hobie who began production roughly in 1984. The boat remained substantialy the same until 1987 when Hobie introduced the MKII version. The MKII most significant change was replacing the wooden Daggerboard with a Fiberglass spring-loaded swing up Centerboard. Other changes included a shortened mast from ~20' to ~18' 9"(although sail area only reduced by 3 sq ft from 110sf to 107sf), rudder changed from wood to fiberglass, roller furler became an option (std on special edition boats). A spinnaker was also offered but seems to be a very rare item.

Holder 14 Specs

  • Length: 13' 8"
  • Beam: 6' 2"
  • Weight: 265 lbs.
  • Main: 75 sq. ft. (72 sq. ft. MKII)
  • Jib: 35 sq. ft.
  • Draft Up: 6"
  • Draft Down: 3' 10"
  • Mast Height: 20' (18' 9" MKII)