Quest 30 / 33
32.5' / 9.91m

An exciting breakaway cruiser/racer with full amenities for family cruising. Features top-quality construction by Holby Marine Co., retractable sprit, and full headroom below decks. Winner of P.H.R.F. New England’s, Buzzard’s Bay Regatta (Class), and Block Island Raceweek (Class). Overall winner of Nantucket 160 & Newport Solo/Twin (Twice!). One boat, “Hot Glue Gun” crossed the Atlantic TWICE in 5 weeks. The Quest 33 features a highly upgraded design based on the Quest 30 cruisable racer, with extended transom, new bow, new deckhouse and single spade rudder. Bermuda One-Two & Figawi Race Overall Winner under her builder, Barrett Holby.

Yacht Specifications

Length Overall32.5' / 9.91m (Q33)
Length Waterline29.3' / 8.93m (Q33)
Beam11.33' / 3.45m
Draft6.9' / 2.10m
Displacement6000# / 2721kg
Sail Area694 sq.ft / 64.5 sq.m


The Quest 33 is a superb example of a fast contemporary “club racer” in which a family can comfortably cruise, and win ’round-the-buoys or point-to-point races under PHRF. These boats are Open Designs, and are not based on any restrictive rules! The Quest 33 is a development of the successful Quest 30, designed by us and built by Holby Marine Co.

The Quest 33 offers a finer entry for increased upwind speed, a longer waterline for greater speed all ’round and larger interior and cockpit spaces. The extended, open stern looks good and facilitates swimming and boarding from a dinghy.


This is a proven fast sailplan in PHRF, fast coastal passages & even in the Singlehanded TransAtlantic Race! while for cruising the boat has all the power you need from the mainsail & 100% jib. The ingenious bowsprit shoots out at the pull of a line for setting the asymmetrical spinnaker. Wide traveler, vang and halyard give infinite tuning power to the mainsail.


The deck is securely surrounded by a built-in ‘recessed’ toerail. The cockpit measures a vast 11’6″ long, and works equally well with a wheel or tiller, for cruising or for racing. The jib-furler is recessed under the foredeck and just aft is an anchor locker with a hinged cover . Next is the forehatch on the forward end of the deckhouse. The seahood at the forward end of the main companionway hatch doubles as a line-cover for the controls running aft from the mast to the house-top winches. At the aft end of the cockpit there are two large lockers under the seats plus a large centre locker under the cockpit sole.


The Quest 33 has a very spacious well-ventilated interior, especially roomy for a boat of this size. Start aft, with a palatial aft berth with plenty of airspace over it. It is huge. You can sleep North-South or East-West. Then, at the base of the companionway, there is the galley to port, with 2-burner stove with oven, ice-box & sink with stowage below, & outboard.

To starboard, a complete enclosed head with full headroom & wet gear area. Then, further forward on the starboard side, the navigation area, served from the saloon seat. Now you’re in the saloon proper with comfortable full-sized seat/berths (6’6″ long) with good seat backs and an optional drop-leaf table in between. This is a pleasant area for dining & socializing & a great off-watch area while sailing.

Forward of the saloon, through an arced bulkhead there is an area of storage shelves & lockers on each side and then the forward double berth, once again with much air & light. Plenty of foot-space at the forward end, as there is a separate forepeak/chain locker up there. The Quest 33 can be enjoyed as much for its interior as for its sailing abilities.


All Quest 33s are built using a licensed resin infusion system. This provides the best possible production laminate quality. Vinyl Ester resins assure resistance to blistering & have superior properties to polyesters. One of the Quests built to this system has done a double Transatlantic in 5 weeks under racing conditions. Holby quality is everywhere in evidence.


The Quest 33 is faster than many boats 5 & 10 feet longer! This boat is a PHRF winner! The sailplan is highly refined and easy to use & adapt, and the fin-keel & rudder are the latest, thin, high-aspect foil designs.

The design is based on the same principals as the Open Class ’round the world BOC racers & is unspoiled by slavish following of arcane ‘racing’ rules. These are called ‘handicaps’ for good reason! Yet a family cruising with ease will make very fast trips from port to port, & have the pleasure of gliding by bigger boats during a daysail.


The Quest 33 provides sportboat-like performance in a stable, easy-to-sail boat with generous cruising space in the cockpit and interior.










Quest 33 Sailplan

Quest33 Composite Plan

Quest33 Polars

Quest33 Ockam Data