We purchased Ops in August 2016 from owners who had clearly looked after her well and taken advantage of her considerable cruising capabilities. The English owners had been cruising the French canal system and we purchased Ops and returned from St Valerie Sur Somme, along the Channel to Plymouth. Due to family circumstances, last year we only managed a number of short cruises from our mooring in Plymouth between Salcombe and Fowey. This year we have crossed the Channel 4 times and run up and down the Devon & Cornwall coasts from Salcombe to Helford. Her sailing performance outstripped my expectations and the engine never missed a beat.
She was re-engined in 2008 with a new Beta 38 and gearbox that have subsequently seen just over 1000 hours and continue to run very sweetly. A new suite of Kemp Dacron Sails and SS standing rigging were installed in 2014 and are all in excellent condition.
In 2016 the topsides and superstructure including all the decks, the coach roof and wheelhouse were professionally resprayed. A stainless steel boarding ladder and bathing platform were also installed with attachments to stow the inflatable dinghy when in a marina.
In 2017 all seacocks were replaced. A new drive shaft, cutlass bearing, electric bilge pump and stern tube were installed. A new wheelhouse control panel was installed in addition to engine temperature and holding tank gauges.
Ops will come ashore at the end of September to Blagdon’s Yard, Plymouth, and prior to that can viewed on her Tamar River mooring.
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