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Netherlands. Van Dam Nordia delivers third sailing megayacht, Ophira, to same owner

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

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Van Dam Nordia Shipyard has announced the completion of the 80’ Nordia Traditional Ketch, Ophira V. This is the third consecutive yacht built for the same owner. The first, the 57’ Nordia Cruiser Ketch Ophira III, was delivered in 1981 and followed by the 62’ Nordia World Cruising Sloop Ophira IV in 1992.

Unlike Ophira III and Ophira IV, which were designed solely to the owner’s requirements, Ophira V is a joint effort by the entire family. The yacht is the embodiment of each family member’s lifestyle and vision on sailing. Created to circumnavigate the world, Ophira V is also part racer, part explorer and the ultimate holiday home.

This vital combination of characteristics has resulted in some unique features. The underwater ship is designed as a V hull, which reduces slamming in rough weather. Her keel is the latest design stage of the renowned Nordia Ballisto® keels. Optimised to preserve stability while further enhancing performance and speed, the keel is similar to the one designed for the latest Nordia Performance Cruiser (delivery of which is planned for the first quarter of 2008). A balanced rudder with skeg adds the finishing touch to Ophira V‘s impressive underwater performance package.

On deck, a Hall Spars ketch rig provides the solid foundation of a sailing system controlled by Lewmar hydraulic winches and Reckmann hydraulic furls. The system incorporates push-button controls from the steering pedestals to ensure maximum sailing comfort.

The fully air-conditioned interior is entirely custom designed in mahogany and luxurious fabrics. It incorporates a master stateroom, two guest suites and a captain’s cabin, all connected to an ensuite bathroom. Details that underline the family nature of the yacht include open connections between the pilot house, lounge area and galley. This contrasts with modern day crew-operated yachts, where the galley and crew accommodations are usually kept separated from the guest compartment.

The amenities onboard Ophira V have reached a level rarely seen in a yacht of this length. Examples include an integrated treadmill in the starboard guest cabin floor with its own DVD system, an Arcam/Linn onboard entertainment system with separate IPod stations in every guestroom, a fully acclimatised wine cellar, wireless satellite internet and retractable LCD screens.

“The creation of Ophira V has been a treat for our yard,” comments Jacco Jongkind, sales manager at Van Dam Nordia. “The owner and his family’s involvement and commitment to the project has meant a great deal to us, and showed their appreciation for the high level of craftsmanship our people provide.”

Jongkind says that Ophira V synthesises the assets that have given Van Dam Nordia its leading position in the yachting industry. “Yachtbuilding is a complex business. By managing to raise the bar once again and incorporating some recent efficiency changes, we have created a yacht exactly to the owners’ vision. Moreover, the project was completed within budget and six weeks ahead of schedule.”

With the recent launch of its new semi-custom motoryacht series, and work proceeding apace on a brand-new Performance Cruiser, Van Dam Nordia’s flexibility in the design and construction of customised superyachts continues to pay dividends. “The popularity of the entire range is clearly shown by the interest for new builds among owners,” concludes Jongkind. “The motoryacht series has opened up an entirely new market, and the growing demand for yachts up to 160’ is also well within our scope.”

Image: Van Dam Nordia megayacht  Ophira V

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 June 2007 )