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photo credits: North Sailing Iceland


Length OA 32.50 m (106' 7")
Length WL 21.31 m (69' 11")
Beam 6.84 m (22' 5")
Draft 3.00 m (9' 10")
Sail area 360 sqm (3875 sqft)
Displacement 133 ton (293215 lbs)
Material Hull Wood
By Order of: North Sailing - Husavik, Iceland
Workscope: Rigging Design - reconfiguration design to a topsail schooner including construction drawings for the new yards and hardware items.
Partners: Yards made by SRF, Sails by UB Sails, additional steel hardware on location in Husavik. Rigging intallation and outfitting by Topsail rigging Ltd.
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Schooner Opal is a recent addition to North Sailing´s fleet. Built at the Bodenwerft in Damgarten, Germany in 1951, she served as a trawler in the Baltic- and North Sea and in the Barents Sea. In 1973 new owners started her restoration. During 8 years until 1981, Opal was converted to the elegant but seaworthy, two masted schooner she is today. She has sailed all over the world, completing several trans-Atlantic crossings, being carefully maintained through the years. Opal has remained with the same owners, until becoming part of North Sailing´s fleet in early 2013. She has undergone restoration and had interior work done to better fit her for the new purpose as an expedition ship. The Opal has six double/twin cabins plus crew facilities. She has three bathrooms, two showers. She comfortably fits 12 passengers, plus her crew.

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