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"Gold of Ophir" Nab 38,  lying  Spain.


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Aft cabin


Owners' Comments

We acquired "Gold of Ophir" from the previous owner in Pollenca, Majorca, in April 2000. We sold our 1996 Legend 336 because we felt that the sail plan did not suit our sailing skills and strengths. The fully battened mainsail and go-faster configuration was too powerful for us and we wanted more accommodation for visiting friends, and an easily managed sail plan. 

We have found that, in the Med, there was either too little wind or too much. In our previous boat, we spent a great deal of their time motoring. Why? 

Because we wanted to go to a particular place and the wind was in the wrong direction!
Because we were somewhere we didn't want to be and the weather was going bad!
Because there was no wind!

We also spent a great deal of time at anchor, sometimes ten days at a time. Our previous boat was a sloop of medium to light build, and had a penchant for sailing round its anchor, 120 degrees in a force 5. The inevitable result was a dragging event! 

We decided that, if motoring was what we were going to do, we might as well have the engine to do it. If stability at anchor was crucial in the suspect holding ground in the Med, then the ketch configuration, with the weather-vane-like mizzen, was an essential element. And, by the way, the only time we have taken a 'green-un' during our extended cruise from England to Spain via the bumpy route, was off Cape Bear on the French-Spanish border. 

The Med can throw up some pretty horrible conditions and the robust motor-sailer configuration, especially the centre cockpit with the wheelhouse, is sea-kindly, well sheltered, dry and comfortable. Who wants to beat to windward anyway?

The previous owners had sailed Ophir to Corsica and Italy, having purchased the yacht on the Costa del Sol. As they lived in Majorca, in Pollenca, the area was their final cruising ground until they swallowed the anchor.

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Ophir, despite her northern European heritage, is well suited to warmer climes, where shade is at a premium. 

Under way, Ophir has a comfortable, easy motion as you would expect from a yacht of her design. She benefits from having some sail up when motoring in light winds with a bit of sea, to act as a damper to the rolling motion. To be honest, there is little point in trying to sail in less than 12 knots of wind. At 15 knots, she is interested, and will plug along nicely, especially if the wind is forward of the beam. Remember, this is a Hallberg Rassy hull, designed to sail, so she is no slouch. I have never had cause to use the storm jib. It would require additional turning blocks and possibly other gear, although the sheets are available (and thick!) The cruising chute has been up in the marina, but not in anger. The snuffer works OK.

We have sailed Ophir exclusively around Ibiza and Formentera, to every conceivable anchorage and cala for the past three years. With a draft of only 1.5m, Ophir can get close to beaches and shallow water with ease. She rides to the anchor nicely, especially with the mizzen sail set. The mizzen is quite a large sail, with the boom extending beyond the stern of the boat. To stabilize the boat at anchor, a reefed sail will be adequate, and hence the addition of a reefing point (yet to be rigged). Also, the reef gives a further option as the wind gets up. 

Non-boating friends find the aft cabin easy to cope with as the berths are lower and more home-like. Yachting friends happily take to the forward cabin, grandchildren can be allocated the saloon berths, where the table drops down and an in-fill creates a double berth.

In the Med, the most important attribute that a boat must have is SHADE. The sun sounds great, but it is necessary to be able to escape from it at times. Ophir has a canvas awning that attaches to the lip of the wheelhouse roof and stretches back to the mizzen mast, where it is supported by a horizontal two-piece wooden pole. This extends the shade to the whole of the cockpit, but allows a breeze through the wheelhouse roof hatch. If the sun is what you want, try the fore-deck, or the poop deck where you can settle in the directors chairs or stretch out in the sun. It is possible to sail with this canopy up providing the mains'l is not too free, as the main sheet passes through the canopy.

In Summary

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"Gold of Ophir" is a well found and substantially built boat, typical of its genre.

She is robust, but pleasing to the eye, and should provide many more years of cruising wherever in the world the owner would wish to take her.

Broker's Comments

The present owners purchased Gold of Ophir in Pollensa, Majorca in 2000 and have sailed in Balearic waters since then. Having sailed their previous boat and Gold of Ophir in the Med every summer since 1997, they now wish to devote time to other things. 

She is currently in commission in Western Med, and has started making her way North up the Spanish coast to be trucked  back to the UK hopefully by early October 

She is well worth viewing. 

Adrian Espin

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For further details or to arrange to view, please contact Adrian  Espin at: - Astonbury Marine Services 
19 Colne Road, Brightlingsea, Essex, CO7 0DL  Tel: 01206 305 996  or +44 1206 305 996   

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