This 80-foot aluminum ketch is the third yacht to be built by Van Dam Nordia for the same owner. His first yacht was a 57-footer; his second was a 62-footer. With the earlier yachts he had the final word on all design details, but this one includes his family's contributions to the design effort. General features include a V-shaped hull forward that minimizes pounding in rough seas and a sailing platform that provides both good stability and good all-around performance.
Lewmar hydraulic winches and Reckmann hydraulic furlers back up a Hall Spars rig package; all operate with push-button controls located at the steering pedestals. Belowdeck, the fully air-conditioned interior features mahogany joinerwork and luxurious fabrics. The master stateroom, two guest suites, and the captain's cabin all have ensuite heads.
Younger family members asked for easy access to and from the pilothouse, the lounge area, and the galley. A treadmill with its own television screen/DVD player has been located in the starboard guest cabin, and an Arcam/Linn onboard entertainment system with separate iPod stations has been installed in every cabin; the yacht has a wireless satellite Internet system.
"The owner's and his family's involvement and commitment to the project have meant a great deal to us," says sales manager Jacco Jongkind, "Building Ophira V has been a treat for our yard, and I know the owner appreciates the high level of craftsmanship he has received."
Van Dam Nordia Shipyard, Helling 49, Box 33, 1430 AA Aalsmeer, The Netherlands; tel. 011-31-297-324-517; www.nordia.com