Closer look at the 36.57m superyacht Ophelia ​

Written by Gemma Fottles

Built by the Australian shipyard NQEA Yachts in 2004, Ophelia is a 36.57 metre semi-displacement superyacht featuring naval architecture by Glanvilles Naval Architects, whilst Furniture Manufacturers of Australia (FMCA) and Liz Forsyth are responsible for her interiors. Earlier this year in August, she attended the inaugural edition of the Sydney Superyacht Show held in the Sydney Superyacht Marina.

The expedition style motor has an aluminium hull and superstructure, and has been owned by the same owner since her delivery 10 years ago. An enthusiastic yachtsman, she has been sailed extensively around Australia, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. One of her stand out features is a 3.5 tonne helideck, which, for a yacht of this size, is one of the biggest in the world.

She has teak decks and a beautiful al fresco dining area on the main deck. The large wooden table provides guests with an intimate setting to enjoy fine dining whilst being surrounded by beautiful scenes all around them. A large Jacuzzi is located on the flybridge, as well as a comfortable seating area with plush cushions, providing the perfect area to relax or entertain. The sundeck includes several lounging areas perfect for sunbathing, and the foredeck houses a further comfortable seating area in a beautiful cream colour as well as a small table, which welcomes guests to enjoy the views over cosy drinks.

Inside, her interiors are sophisticated with a neutral colour scheme throughout. The main deck entrance opens up to an ample sized saloon with sumptuous yet welcoming furniture and leads on the dining area. The mezzanine provides a further seating and lounge area, and is filled with natural light from the 180 degree, sweeping panoramic windows. The sky bar includes seating for up to five people, and provides guests with wonderful views from the several windows in the area.

She accommodates up to 19 guests in total over several sophisticated cabins. These include an opulent en-suite master suite with a king sized bed, 4 VIP staterooms, 1 quad room with king single beds, 1 tri room with a double and king single bed, and 1 twin cabin with an additional Pullman berth for 1 extra guest. She also provides accommodation for up 5 crew in total over a double captains cabin, and two twin cabins.

In addition to an abundance of amenities on board, she also comes with an Aqua Glide four person two platform and an inflatable water slide. Ophelia also carries three tenders. These include one 8 metre Rayglass Protector RIB 2 x150HP Yamaha Four Stroke, one 7 metre Nouvarania RIB 2 x 115HP Yamaha Four Stroke, and one Zodiac Club 3 Acti-V inflatable 1 x 4HP Yamaha Four Stroke.

The 8 metre and 7 metre vessels are utilised for different purposes; the larger is set up for fishing, whilst the smaller is used as a guest tender with a hydraulic front door for beach landings. With the previous owner a fishing enthusiast, Ophelia also has a large range of fishing tackle, as well as a comfortable game chair in the cockpit where it is possible to peacefully enjoy the views ahead whilst waiting for a catch. Any fish caught can be kept fresh in the live seafood tanks in the cockpit, including oyster tanks, and can be cooked in the boiler or on the BBQ which are also located in the cockpit.

This use of the tender for fishing in addition to the game chair in the cockpit makes the experience spending time on board Ophelia unique. Fresh seafood that guests have caught themselves can be brought back and cooked into a sumptuous meal to be enjoyed al fresco or inside in the luxurious dining areas.

Powered by 2 x MTU 12V 4000 M90 engines, she boasts a maximum speed of 24 knots, and an excellent range of 4000 nm and 10.5 knots from her 42,000 litre fuel tanks. She has a cruising speed of 21 knots and, with zero speed stabilisers, ensures a comfortable cruise for everybody on board.

She is currently listed for sale on Fraser Yachts and is being represented by Eugenio Cannarsa and Vassilis Fotilas. She is listed for an asking price of €9,650,000 (vat included), and comes with the option of with or without a full crew. Although she is based in Sydney, Australia, the Captain, Owen J How, comments, “she is a very versatile, capable and unique motor yacht and she is currently lying in Australia. We will, however, consider delivery to the new owner.”

Ophelia has been maintained meticulously by her owner and long standing crew, and as a result is in like new condition. She has been slipped every year since her build. Her hull was repainted in 2010, and in 2013 all of her superstructure was repainted. Her long standing captain, Owen J How, comments that she is ready to go at a moments notice, and describes her as the perfect yacht for buyers looking for a new yacht.

Ophelia also comes with a very comprehensive array of spares to go with the vessel, including a spare engine, 2 spare props, a spare shaft and a large assortment of electrical fittings and interior coverings.

Ophelia is for sale with Fraser Yachts. 



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