Dear Sonosail,The picture shown in the Optima 92 record is actually the Optima 98. It has a rear cabin. My dad used to own an Optima 83. I'll see if I can find some old holiday pictures showing that ship, for you to use. (also v.d. Stadt designed)Optima 83LOA 8.30 mB 2.48 m (just below 2.50 m. to allow on the public road)D 1.35 m.Weight 2.5 m tonsFaryman Diesel 1 cylinder 12 hpHull GRPFuel 45 LiterThe idea behind the Optima 83 was that you could trailer the hull to Greece or Turkey and borrow a keel there. I never heard of the system actually working. It was a fast ship for its length. I remember we could do easily 6 knots on various courses and we topped 8 frequently in broad reaches.What I didn't like was the banging of the hull on the waves when sailing close hauled. Now I have to admit this was on the IJselmeer which has a very nasty steep wave. So perhaps that would be better on deeper water.A more serious problem was the mast support. Below deck there was an aluminium tube placed under the mast support above deck. The support was placed just an inch or so to far to the rear. It caused the mast to sort of fall forward. My father had a nose welded to the tube, an later even stuffed the tube to stiffen it up. I remember one time in a harbour overhearing him talk with an other Optima 83 owner, opening his eyes to the problem. They had indeed a dent in the cabin roof, caused by mast sort falling from the support.Optima 92LOA 9.20 meterOptima 98LOA 9.80 meterKind regards,Gerard
Yes, only the picture.The mistake is easily made, as the rear cabin and the extra length are about the only things different, as if they just added the rear entry to an existing ship.Optima 92, 1973LOA 9.20 m.LWL 7.27 m.B 2.95 m.D 1.60 m.weight 3.63 m tonssail area 49.10GRPOptima 98, 1980LOA 9.80 m.LWL 7.80 m.B 2.95 m.D 1.65 m.weight 4.00 m tonssail area 49.10GRPGerardHere an add with the 92. http://www.ycl.nl/yacht/Z043.htmThe bowtie in the sail is the sign of the NKK (Dutch Cruiser Class), they have a rating system for cruisers.
Hi Randy,Finally did some sailing. The weather started grey, but soon cleared. The wind started force 4 but stiffened into 5.We got caught in some Dehler event on the Haringvliet. I asked the photographer I had on board to shoot some of the ships. One of them was a beautiful Optima 92.The pictures are here, you may use them on your website if you want to. http://web.me.com/jonkerwu1/sailing/20090503-1.htmlhttp://web.me.com/jonkerwu1/sailing/20090503-2.htmlThe photographer's name: Walter Van Duyneveldt.The klipperaak got me thinking, can you set up a Dutch classics page?Gerard