Golden Opus

  • 72.9166'
  • 1997
  • Singapore
  • $795,000


If you are searching for a blue water cruising yacht that can be safely operated by a couple, then look no further. It is rare to find a yacht that makes you want to go sailing quite as much as GOLDEN OPUS, and also one that carries such pedigree.

Created as her designer’s personal yacht, Ron Holland drew a good looking profile which is instantly recognizable as his work. The interior layout was drawn by Andrew Winch and she was built by Sensation Yachts of New Zealand in 1997 with a hull constructed from high grade 5083 aluminum. 

GOLDEN OPUS was constructed to very high standards and this is evident throughout. Her current owner, an experienced marine engineer, has taken pride in his ownership of the yacht and the gleaming engine room, perfectly laid out and of a size that one might expect on a larger yacht, is a testament to this. All systems on board are well maintained and the owner personally rebuilt the main engine, a Lugger from the ground up in 2015. The main generator, a 20Kva Northern Lights, runs perfectly and is accompanied by a 9kva auxiliary generator which was installed new in 2015.

On deck GOLDEN OPUS makes perfect sense. The foredeck is a clear flush deck upon which the tender is stowed in removable chocks. Aft, a bathing platform and steps which winch up to marry into the transom and aft deck make for easy boarding when stern to and provides safe access to the water when at anchor. The centre-cockpit has ample seating and remains dry and safe even with the decks awash in heavier weather conditions. The steering position offers a clear view all around and has controls and foot switches positioned to allow single handed sailing with ease.

GOLDEN OPUS’ rig is particularly interesting. The mast is noticeably tall (33m) and the fully battened Doyle mainsail is set on luff cars and features single point reefing. The forestay meets the mast at about nine tenths of its height and the working headsail fills the foretriangle, sheeting down to an athwartships track just ahead of the mast. A single sheet is led back to the cockpit via a concealed tube, appearing at the starboard coaming. The headsail is completely self-tacking, so that when the helmsman wants to tack, he just tacks. A hydraulic outhaul, backstay and boom vang complete the package. The mast and boom were removed and repainted in 2015 and all standing rigging was replaced by the original mast suppliers who flew from New Zealand to complete the work.

As well as being a genuinely comfortable ocean cruiser, having cruised both the Pacific and the Caribbean, she is also a fast passage maker with several race wins under her belt, and can easily make 10kts in light airs. 

Below decks, GOLDEN OPUS continues to impress. Her four cabin layout features a very large master cabin aft with comfortable sofa and en-suite, a double berth cabin forward port, again with en-suite, and two symmetrical twin bunk cabins forward which share a forward head. The galley is large and practical at sea with a dinette table and proper refrigeration.

The stand out feature is, of course, the raised deck saloon, which offers superb views out and features a large sofa and dining table (convertible into another double berth when needed) along with an electrically raised flat screen TV linked to the onboard home computer system. The forward facing navigation table to starboard also offers control of the yacht from inside with engine and autopilot controls to hand.

Now seriously available for purchase, we strongly encourage inspections and look forward to introducing you to this impressive yacht. The next chapter in the life of GOLDEN OPUS is yours to write.

For the final word, who better to comment than the legendary Ron Holland himself;

I created Golden Opus to fulfill my design goal of creating the ultimate ‘family cruising yacht’.  At 72 feet (22 metres) in length and with a modern high aspect ratio self tacking rig, I felt this was the largest yacht that an experienced yachtsman could handle (with a couple of paid hands involved to allow limited chartering). With my partners, Howard Kilroy and Andrew Winch, and their families we cruised Golden Opus from New Zealand through the Western Pacific to European waters, well-proving my original design concept.

Golden Opus and her sister Volare have many successful ocean miles under their keels.


- A true Ron Holland yacht — designed and built as his personal yacht
- Interior by Andrew Winch
- Easily handled without permanent crew
- Undoubted seaworthiness and proven ocean cruising performance ability
- Big yacht ambiance without big yacht compromises
- Built by New Zealand craftsmen and showcases a quality finish

  • Basic Information
  • Dimensions
  • Speed / Weight
  • Accomodations
  • Hull & Deck
  • Engine Information
  • Builder: SENSATION
  • Category: Cruising Sailboat
  • Model: Sensation Yachts Opus 73
  • Model Year: 1997
  • YearBuilt: 1997
  • Year Refit: 2015
  • Refit Type: N/A
  • Tax Paid: N/A
  • Country: Singapore
  • Registration #: N/A
  • Coast Guard #: British
  • Vessel Top: N/A
  • Fly Bridge: No
  • Cockpit: No
  • Helipad: No
  • Accomodations: Guest SR/S: 4/0 - Crew R/B/S: 0/0/0
  • LOA: 72' 11" (22.22m)
  • LWL: 59' 10" (18.24m)
  • LOD: --
  • Beam: 18' 11" (5.77m)
  • Min Draft: 9' 11" (3.02m)
  • Max Draft: --
  • Clearance: --
  • MFG Length: --
  • Cruise Speed: 10 Knots
  • Cruise Speed RPM: --
  • Cruise Speed Range: --
  • Max Speed: --
  • Max Speed RPM: --
  • Max Speed Range: --
  • Displacement: 38 Tonne
  • Gross Tonnage: --
  • Water Capacity: 1,600 Liters
  • Holding Tank: --
  • Fuel Capacity: 1,600 Liters
  • Fuel Consumption: --
  • Berths: 8
  • Heads: 3
  • Sleeps: N/A
  • State Rooms: 4
  • Crew Berths: N/A
  • Crew Sleeps: N/A
  • Crew Heads: N/A
  • Captains Quarters: No
  • Hull ID: N/A
  • Hull Material: Aluminum
  • Deck Material: Teak
  • Hull Configuration: Bulb Keel
  • Project Manager: N/A
  • Hull Designer: N/A
  • Hull Color: N/A
  • Hull Finish: Paint
  • Exterior Designer: Ron Holland Design
  • Interior Designer: Andrew Winch Design Ltd
  • Manufacturer: Lugger
  • Model: L668T
  • Engine Count: Single
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Fuel Type: Diesel

Main Characteristics

BUILDER: Sensation Yachts NZ   


INTERIOR DESIGNER: Andrew Winch Design Ltd   

MODEL: Opus 73     

YEAR: 1997 refitted 2015     


DECK MATERIAL: 22mm teak laid over deck (2015)

FLAG: British     


LOA: 72’ 7” / 22.16 M   

BEAM: 18’ 3“/ 5.59 M   

DRAFT:                                    9’ 5” / 2.90 M

DISPLACEMENT: 38 tonnes half load 

CRUISING SPEED: 10 knots   

ENGINE: Lugger L668T rebuild 2015   

GENERATORS: Northern Lights M884L 20kW generator and  Paguru 9000 9kW generator (2013)


LOA: 72.70 FT / 22.16 M 

BEAM: 18.34 FT / 5.59 M   

DRAFT:  9.50 FT / 2.90 M


FUEL CAPACITY: 2 x 800 litres tanks + 170 litre day tank

WATER CAPACITY: 2 x 800 litres tanks



• 4 Guest cabins

•2 Double cabins

• 2 Twin cabins


ENGINE: Lugger L668T 165 HP


ENGINE YEAR: 1997 rebuild 2015

GENSET MODEL: Northern Lights M884L 20kW generator and  Paguru 9000 9kW generator (new 2013)

AIR CONDITION: Marine Air Compact Model CHC24SZ/1 air conditioning system   with 2 x compressors, 5 x condensers  – total output 48,000BTU – 2013

THRUSTER:  Lewmar 200 SVT hydraulic retractable bow thruster -  reconditioned 2015

Electrical Equipment

AUTO PILOT: 2 x p70 auto-pilot heads

RADIO: Raymarine 2 x handheld VHF radios
1 x RAY218E fix mount VHF radio set
1 x RAYMIC remote handset (helm) for fixed VHF

GPS: Raymarine 2 x 130 GPS antennae

INVERTER: 2 x Victron Phoenix 24V 3000W

TV: 39” 4K TV / monitor

STEREO: Yamaha RS202D 2 zone receiver / amplifier with Bluetooth,  Acer i5   Windows 8.1 PC with DVD

BATTERY CHARGER: 2 x Victron Skylla TG 24V 100A

Accessories and Tender

• Novurania 12’ RIB with new Yamaha 40HP 4 stroke outboard

• Inflable dinghy (new) with Yamaha 2.5HP 2 stroke outboard

• Gas BBQ

• Hobbie Mirage sailing kayak with pedal drive, outriggers trampolines and 6m windsurfer rig.

Safety & Fire Protection

LIFE JACKET: Full set adult and child life jackets

FIRE EXTINGUISHER: Various hand held fire extinguishers. 
SeaFire automatic FM 200 auto/manual engine room system

ANCHORS: Galvanised Bruce anchor, Aluminium mud anchor

CHAIN: 80m anchor chain

Sail Inventory

HEADSAILS: Furling and Self tacking headsail


SPIN POLE: Carbon spinnaker pole, stowed on Harken track at front of mast

SELF-TACKING JIB: North Sail 88%

GENOA: 130%

WINCH SYSTEM: Lewmar winches
• 2 x hydraulic primaries
• 1 x hydraulic mainsheet
• 1 x hydraulic self-tack jib sheet
• 1 x manual traveler control
• 1 x halyard close to mast, (1 manual, 1 electric) 
• 1 x captive reel winch for main halyard
• 1 x hydraulic anchor windlass

Refit Report

• 2011  Hull taken back to bare metal (5083 Aluminium) and repainted.

• 2013  Full overhaul - Whitlock steering system.

• 2013 Mast and boom removed and repainted. Standing rigging replaced.

• 2015  Deck and superstructure repainted.

• 2015  Decking replaced with 22mm Teak.

• 2015 Navtec hydraulics serviced.

• 2019 New antifoul and anodes.