SCHOONER OPAL - Conversion to a topsail schooner

Marine Marine Design proposed conversion of the sailplan for Opal to a topsail schoonerSchooner Opal onsite fabrication of the rigging hardware changesMarine Marine Design was consulted by North Sailing to convert the rig of Schooner Opal to a topsail schoonerOpal with the modified rigging as a topsail schooner

Photos: North Sailing | drawings and visualization by Manta Marine Design



Workscope : Rigging Design - reconfiguration design to a topsail schooner including construction drawings for the new yards and hardware items.
By order of : North Sailing - Husavik, Iceland
Partners : Yards made by SRF, Sails by UB Sails, additional steel hardware on location in Husavik. Rigging installation and outfitting by Topsail rigging Ltd.
  Vessel Information
Length : 24 meter (78')
Beam : 6.85 meter
Material hull : Composite; Steel structure and frames, Wooden planking and finish


Schooner Opal - North Sailing Husavik whalewatching and ocean expeditions

Schooner Opal is part of the significant North Sailing 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.